HPY726 - Psychological Practice Across the Lifespan

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in H744 to undertake this unit

Unit chair:

Rebecca Diehm





Incompatible with:

HPS714 and HPS914

Contact hours:

Students will be expected to spend an average of 150 hours over the trimester in teaching and learning and assessment activities. This will include a 1 x 2 hour online class and every second week there will be a 1 x 2 hour online seminar. This will also include 12 hours of intensive in class activities.


This unit is designed for the practice of psychology across the lifespan from a biopsychosocial perspective with an emphasis on identification of psychopathology. An introduction to the challenges present at each phase of development from infancy through to old age will be given. Psychologists require detailed knowledge of both the physical and emotional development associated with each phase of development. An understanding of psychological and social pressures encountered by people in different stages of their life is also needed in order to provide support for clients who present with problems and disorders at different stages of their lifespan. DSM-5 classification of disorders will be introduced. There will be a focus on the distinct types of issues confronted by psychologists in working with clients of differing ages, gender, and cultural background that examines the differing influences of physical and emotional development, psychological disorders, social roles, cultural influences, and life crises.


Assessment task 1:Presentation (10 minutes) 10%

Assessment task 2: Written mental state examination (500-700 words) 10%

Assessment task 3: Case Analysis (2500 words) 40%

Assessment task 4: Examination (2 hours) 40%

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