PSYC09008 2018 Lifespan Developmental Psychology for Social Workers

General Details

Full Title
Lifespan Developmental Psychology for Social Workers
Transcript Title
Lifespan Developmental Psychol
80 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rosaleen Rushe, Orla Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_WSOWO_M09 201800 Master of Arts in Social Work

In this module, the psychological changes that take place throughout the lifespan will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the significant physical, social, emotional, linguistic and cognitive development of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Theoretical perspectives in psychology and current key ideas in relation to development will be discussed and the contribution of significant theorists to our understanding of development investigated.

This module supports the achievement of  the following  CORU Standards of Proficiency:

Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 3: Effective Communication

Domain 5: Provision of Quality Services

Domain 6: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain the major theoretical perspectives in psychology. (Domain 6:1(b).)


Explore the contribution of significant developmental theorists to our understanding of development. (Domain: 3: 2 (c), Domain: 6:1 (b)).


Examine the structure and development of the brain across the lifespan. (Domain 6:1(b)).


Critically analyse the influences of biological, social, emotional, linguistic and cognitive processes on development. (Domain: 3:2 (c), Domain 5:5 (a), Domain:6:1 (b)


Apply knowledge of lifespan development in a Social Work context. (Domain: 4.1 (l), Domain: 3.1 (a), Domain 5.1 (a),  5:1 (d), Domain 5:5 (a), Domain  6.1 (a), 6:1 (b).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The learner will be exposed to a blend of learning activities which will include on-line lectures (via Panopto, AdobeConnect), independent and directed learning. Moodle will be utilised to upload educational material ( e.g. powerpoint presentations, recordings of on-line lectures and supplementary material). In addition, residential workshops will be provided.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment of this module has two components:

An individual oral presentation held during the residential (30%)       


An examination which will be scheduled by the Examinations Office at the end of the semester (70%)

This Module Assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

  • Examination: Domain: 4.1(l), Domain: 3.1 (a), 3:2 (c); Domain 5:5 (a): Domain 6: 1 (b).
  • Presentation: Domain 4.1 (l), Domain 3: 2 (c); Domain 5.1 (a), 5:1 (d), 5:5 (a); Domain  6.1 (a), 6.1 (b).

Repeat Assessments

As per department guidelines

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction and Overview

Introduction to the module and overview of perspectives in developmental psychology - behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic, biological and ecological.

Physical development

Motor development, the course of physical growth and decline. Introduction to the structure of the human brain and brain development.

Cognitive and Language development

Theories of cognitive development and decline. Intelligence, genetic and environmental influences on cognition. Theories of language development, communication and common problems.

Personality and Social development

Emotions, emotional regulation, temperament, theories of attachment, self-concept, self-esteem, identity formation, friendships and socialisation. Mental health and wellbeing. Negotiating transitions. Illness, loss and bereavement.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Residential 10 Twice Per Semester 1.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Fortnightly 2.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.33 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified online lecture 1.5 Fortnightly 0.75
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.75 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
20/11/2018 An Introduction to Developmental Psychology Blackwell

Required Reading
20/11/2018 The handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychology Rutledge

Recommended Reading
20/11/2018 Handbook of Gerontology Research methods Rutledge

Required Reading
20/11/2018 The developing person through the Lifespan New York

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Developmental Psychology

Irish Journal of Psychology

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychology

URL Resources

Ted talks

All in the Mind



Other Resources


Additional Information