Professional Certificate in Developmental Psychology

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

Human Development (A Life-Span View) is an introduction to the science of human development. This course is designed to give the student a basic orientation to the life-span perspective on human development and to approaches to the scientific study of development. The student will be given exposure to the core concepts, development of basic human capacities and development of self in society.

Course Benefits

  • Comprehend the life-span perspective on human development and approaches to the scientific study of development. Students will also be exposed to the central issues and theoretical perspectives that have dominated the field. It further explores developmental processes in some depth, examining genetic and environmental influences on development and then focusing on important environmental influences during the critical prenatal development and birth. Students will comprehend the emergence of thought and language in infancy and early childhood.
  • Investigate the recurring issues in human development and measurement in human development research
  • Discuss developmental theories and the issues they raise
  • Explore in-depth the heredity, prenatal development and birth
  • Identify the emergence of thought and language in infancy and early childhood
  • Analyze the socio-emotional development in infant and early childhood.
  • Exploration is done on cognitive and physical development using influential theorist such as Piaget, Vygotsky and Erickson’s perspectives. Memory and problem solving using information-processing perspective is analyzed. Psychometric approach to cognition, differences in intelligence and creativity together with language development and roles of language is further explored. Self-esteem, romantic relationship and sexuality is explored in development of the adolescence.
  • Identify the cognitive and physical
  • development in middle childhood
  • Understand the socio-emotional development in middle childhood
  • In-depth understanding of physical and cognitive development in adolescence
  • Understand the socio-emotional development in adolescence
  • Identify the development of becoming an adult. Students will have a closer look at the physical, cognitive and personality development in an adult. Further exploration is done in the area of relationship in the young adulthood and the middle adulthood. Students will be analyze the bio-psychosocial challenges in middle adulthood. An in-depth understands the developmental problems and disorders and examines how humans of different ages cope with dying and bereavement.
  • Discuss the becoming of an adult:
  • physical, cognitive and personality
  • development.
  • Explore the relationships in young and middle adulthood.
  • Analyze the bio-psychosocial challenges in middle adulthood
  • Understand the personal context of later life: physical, cognitive and mental health issues, psychosocial, retirement, relationship and societal issues.
  • Identify and discuss dying and bereavement

Course Outline

  • The Study of Human Development
  • Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development and birth
  • The Emergence of thought and language: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Entering the social world: Socio-emotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Off to School: Cognitive and Physical Development in Middle Childhood
  • Expanding Social Horizons: Socio-emotional Development in Middle Childhood
  • Rites of Passage: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
  • Moving into the Adult Social World: Socio-emotional Development in Adolescence
  • Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive and Personality Development in Young Adulthood
  • Being with Other: Relationships in Young and Middle Adulthood
  • Making it in Middle: The bio-psychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood
  • The Personal Context of Later Life: Physical, Cognitive and Mental Health Issues
  • Social Aspects of Later Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship and Societal Issues
  • Dying and Bereavement

Available Course Sessions

Course Date, Time Reg. Closes On
1 08 Apr' 20 to 10 Jun' 20, 6.45pm to 9.45pm 01 Apr' 20 Register Now
2 03 Nov' 20 to 05 Jan' 21, 6.45am to 9.45pm 27 Oct' 20 Register Now

Trainer Profile

Our Lecturers

All our lecturers are selected based on their subject expertise, experience and dedication. They are required to possess at least a Masters in their subject expertise. With their years of work experience, they will also be able to illustrate topics in class with real world examples. We are committed to provide a high standard of service by promoting an environment conductive to student learning through a low student-teacher ratio of 30:1. Currently, we have 50 adjunct lecturers. A brief profile of some of our lecturers is given below.

Details of our lecturers can be found on our website.