Details for Human Lifespan Development

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC510
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Human Lifespan Development

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Describe the main developmental tasks and milestones associated with each stage in human development over the lifespan, and outline the issues and needs that commonly arise in each stage;
  2. Examine different developmental theories and use these as a vehicle to critically reflect on your own developmental journey;
  3. Appraise critical perspectives on developmental psychology and consider cultural differences in development across the lifespan;
  4. Discuss effective strategies to assist people in accomplishing developmental tasks associated with each stage in the lifespan and with transitions between stages.

Subject Content

  • The physical, cognitive, psychological, social and spiritual development of a person through the following stages of a typical lifespan –prenatal, infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, late adulthood and the end of life
  • Different theories of human development.
  • The place of relationship, work and leisure in human development.
  • Common concerns of aging such as retirement, mental health, relationships, bereavement and death.
  • Counselling practice aimed at helping people meet developmental tasks and stages.
  • Key theories on developmental psychology.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Exam (20%)
  • Pictorial Timeline and Critical Reflection (35%)
  • Minor Essay (25%)
  • Presentation and Written Paper (20%)

Prescribed Text

  • Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed.). Sydney, NSW: Pearson

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