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HPS302 - Pathways Through Adulthood

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Meaghan Danby



Must have passed one of HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS205, HPS310



Incompatible with: HPS782
Contact hours:

Campus: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) l: 1 x 2 hour online recorded class per week, and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week


Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online recorded class per week, and 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminar per week.


Campus students are required to attend practical classes.


This unit provides an examination of the theories that underpin developmental psychology and the research methods used in this area. The physical, social, cognitive and personal aspects of adult development and ageing are considered, taking into account both the gains and losses associated with ageing. Although the focus is on normal ageing within changing social and historical contexts, the cognitive, behavioural and social consequences of age-related pathologies are also examined and the promotion of optimal ageing is explored.


Assessment task 1: Minor Research Project - Introduction (1600 words) 25%

Assessment task 2: Minor Research Project - Method and results, including interview transcript (900 words) 25%

Assessment task 3: Minor Research Project - Interpretation and discussion (1800 words) 25%

Assessment task 4: Weekly quiz - testing each week’s content for 10 weeks 15%

Assessment task 5: Reflection (minimum 500 words) 10%

Prescribed texts

Bjorklund, B. R. (2015). The Journey of Adulthood (8th ed.). Pearson Education Ltd.

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