Developmental Psychology – PSYC 525

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Advanced study of developmental processes across the lifespan. Examination of theories and current research in physical, mental, emotional, and social domains. Special consideration given to varying social situations and cultural contexts.




An understanding of developmental theory and research will serve as a foundation for the student’s subsequent coursework and research in developmental psychology. This course offers an opportunity for students to understand the complexities of human development across the lifespan such that their future work in any setting will reflect the best evidence-based developmental theory available in hopes of making maximum impact for Christ.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the major concepts, theories, methodologies, and empirical findings in developmental psychology.
  2. Critique empirical research in developmental psychology.
  3. Apply research in developmental psychology to a practical problem of behavior or mental process.
  4. Evaluate research in developmental psychology in the context of biblical thought.
  5. Use empirical research to evaluate a developmental issue for one segment of the lifespan.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Video Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student will create a video thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum in Modules/Weeks 1, 5, and 8. In addition to the thread, the student is required to respond to 1 other classmate’s thread.

Article Critique

The student will locate an empirical study in a peer-reviewed journal and write a 4-page critique of the article, paying special attention to research methods and connection to developmental theory.

Human Development Paper

The student will write a 4-page paper in current APA format that demonstrates critical thinking with respect to theories covered through Module/Week 3. The paper must include at least 5 citations of course readings.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will be open-book/open-notes and include a mix of short answer and essay questions. The aim of the midterm is to help the student master and synthesize the class material. The exam has a time limit of 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Developmental Research Paper

The student will write a 5-page paper in current APA format that evaluates a specific developmental issue across the lifespan using empirical research from at least 5 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Developmental Psychology Presentation

The student will create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that applies research in developmental psychology to a practical problem during a specific stage in the lifespan.