AU: 3.0
Programme: PSY(HSS)

Human beings develop cognition, personality, social relations and emotions in fundamental ways. This course introduces students to the major milestones in the human lifespan, from infancy through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Special emphasis is placed on the role of socialisation and environmental factors in human development.


2 hr lecture + 1 hr tutorial per week

Tutorial Participation 8%
Observation Report 4%
Group Case Study Report 16%
Mid-terms 20%
Finals 52%

Exam Format:
Midterms - MCQs + Short-Answer Questions
Finals - MCQs + Fill in the blanks + Essay Questions


A module about the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional changes throughout the lifespan.

Readings are quite heavy, and quite content-heavy.
Tutorial mainly involve discussion and group presentations.
Lectures cover content not in the textbook, but will be tested. Since lecture slides are quite concise, attending lecture will help you to understand what is going on. Videos will be shown during lectures as well.
Textbook is a MUST because exams will test on content in the textbook. Lecture notes is definitely inadequate.

2 individual reports have to be submitted. The reports are based on your observations of people of different ages carrying out certain activities.

Group project required a presentation and a written report. You will have to explain a developmental theory using a case study, such as a real-life public figure, or fictional character.

For the exams, there are quite a lot of stuff to memorise (e.g. ages at which certain changes occurs). But for the theories, it's better to understand than just memorising. Essays are mostly regurgitation, whereas the MCQs can be tricky if you did not memorise your content well.