Courses & Units

Lifespan Developmental Psychology PSY302


This unit provides coverage of human development over the lifespan (infancy to old age) including cognitive and social-emotional domains of development. The major periods of development are examined, including infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood, emphasising predominant developmental aspects for different periods of development. In the practical component, students engage in empirical investigation intended to deepen and extend their understanding of development and the changes in functioning and behaviour it entails. Investigations address discrete aspects of human development and a range of developmental periods, and include student participation and training in data coding and collection. Students also complete practical exercises that will enhance their knowledge of developmental issues.


Unit name Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Unit code PSY302
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse and interpret major concepts, theories, and research evidence related to changes across the lifespan and across cultural settings.
  • Apply knowledge of physical, cognitive, social and emotional lifespan development to code and interpret naturalistic data and behaviours.
  • Interpret the information needs of diverse audiences and communicate theoretical concepts in tailored formats to address real-world situations

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090701 $2,040.00 $957.00 $1,118.00 $2,695.00

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PSY211 - Research Skills in Psychology

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Online Lecture Modules: 2 hours weekly

Practical: 2 hours weekly

Independent Learning - 6 hrs weekly of self directed study

AssessmentData coding (4%)|Quizzes x 2 (6%)|Assignment (20%)|Research report (30%)|Written examination (40%)
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You will need the following text:

White, F.A., Hayes, B.K., & Livesey, D.J. (2016). Developmental Psychology: From infancy to adulthood. (Fourth edition). Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson Education.

It is important that you have ongoing access to this textbook, and a hard copy will be available for a limited loan period from the University of Tasmania Library reserve collection. However, you are encouraged to buy a personal copy so that you can keep up with the weekly readings. The same textbook was used for this unit in recent years, and second-hand copies are often available.
You can buy the textbook online via Booktopia, via the link provided on the UTAS Course and Unit Handbook page for this unit.


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
This manual will be available via the University of Tasmania reserve collection.

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