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HPS302 - Pathways Through Adulthood

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Tess Knight



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



Incompatible with: HPS782
Contact hours:

Campus - Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 1 x 2 hour class per fortnight and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Warrnambool: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 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: Individual Case Analysis comprising of: Literature review (1600 words, 35%); Annotated Transcript, Findings and Discussion (1800 words, 40%)
Assessment task 2: Case History (1000 words, 25%)

Prescribed texts

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

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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