Human Growth and Development

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

700, 701


Course Description:
A course in which bio-physical, cognitive and psychosocial development throughout the life span (from conception to death) will be considered, as well as problems specific to each stage. This course is required for pre-nursing students. The course carries division elective credit only.


Course Details


PSY 2012

Completion of DEP 2102 is strongly recommended as preparation for this course.



Tameka Russ

Willie E. Spires

Rachel Rackard

Kassandra Starrine

Lennetta Loman-Greene

Allison Hausner

Jessica Craven 


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Rathus, Spencer A. HDEV 6 w/ACCESS and APA Manual. 6th ed., Cengage Learning, 2020. ISBN: 9780357041178.


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Identify the main theoretical influences of human development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific methods and designs used in the study of human development.
  • Identify biological, psychological, and social factors that shape an individual’s development.
  • Explain the major developmental stages and changes that occur during infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
  • Deliver a well-developed oral presentation.

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2

SS-1, SS-2


SS-3, SS-4

Tests, Skills Demonstration, Projects


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Students will read all assigned materials.

Students will attend and participate in class discussions.

Students will research and prepare oral reports on various psychological topics.

Faculty will prepare and deliver lectures on various psychological topics.

Faculty will avail themselves for office appointments for students to explore their progress in the course as needed.

Faculty will advise students to use the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Lab) for academic help when needed.


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