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MPTUO1a: Introduction to Psychology
Weeks 6, 7, and 8 / Units 4 and 5: Development and Learning

Development and Learning. “The scientific study of how and why human beings change over the course of their life [1]; “and “A theoretical science that covers the various psychological theories that relate with learning.” [2]

 Required Reading


Language Development Study Guide

Structural features of language

    • 1.1 Describe the structure and function of language.
    • 1.2 Discuss the relationship between language and thought.

Theories and developmental stages of language acquisition

    • 2.1 Explain the process of language acquisition.
    • 2.2 Discuss how the acquisition of a second language can affect language development and possibly other cognitive processes.
    • 2.3 Evaluate the theories of language acquisition.

Language and the brain

    • 3.1 Identify the brain structures associated with language.
    • 3.2 Discuss how damage to the brain may affect language.

Learning Study Guide

Classical Conditioning

    • 1.1 Describe the principles of classical conditioning.
    • 1.2 Describe clinical and experimental examples of classical conditioning.
    • 1.3 Apply classical conditioning to everyday life.

Operant conditioning

    • 2.1 Describe the Law of Effect.
    • 2.2 Describe the principles of operant conditioning.
    • 2.3 Describe clinical and experimental examples of operant conditioning.
    • 2.4 Apply operant conditioning to everyday life.

Observational and cognitive learning

    • 3.1 Describe the principles of observational and cognitive learning.
    • 3.2 Apply observational and cognitive learning to everyday life.

Life Span Development Study Guide

Methods and issues in life span development

    • 1.1 Explain the interaction of environmental and biological factors in development, including the role of the brain in all aspects of development.
    • 1.2 Explain issues of continuity/discontinuity and stability/change.
    • 1.3 Distinguish methods used to study development.
    • 1.4 Describe the role of sensitive and critical periods in development.
    • 1.5 Discuss issues related to the end of life.

Theories of life span development

    • 2.1 Discuss theories of cognitive development.
    • 2.2 Discuss theories of moral development.
    • 2.3 Discuss theories of social development.

Prenatal development and the newborn

    • 3.1 Describe physical development from conception through birth and identify influences on prenatal development.
    • 3.2 Describe newborns’ reflexes, temperament, and abilities.

Infancy (i.e., the first two years of life)

    • 4.1 Describe physical and motor development.
    • 4.2 Describe how infant perceptual abilities and intelligence develop.
    • 4.3 Describe the development of attachment and the role of the caregiver.
    • 4.4 Describe the development of communication and language.


    • 5.1 Describe physical and motor development.
    • 5.2 Describe how memory and thinking ability develops.
    • 5.3 Describe social, cultural, and emotional development through childhood.


    • 6.1 Identify major physical changes.
    • 6.2 Describe the development of reasoning and morality.
    • 6.3 Describe identity formation.
    • 6.4 Discuss the role of family and peers in adolescent development.

Adulthood and Aging

    • 7.1 Identify major physical changes associated with adulthood and aging.
    • 7.2 Describe cognitive changes in adulthood and aging.
    • 7.3 Discuss social, cultural, and emotional issues in aging.

Major Assignments and Deadlines


  1. Developmental psychology. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Developmental_psychology
  2. Psychology of learning. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychology_of_learning
  3. Heffner, Dr. Christopher L. (2001, April 1). Psychology 101. All Psych. https://allpsych.com/psychology101/
  4. Dewey, Dr. Russell A. (2017). Psychology: An Introduction. Psych Web. https://www.psywww.com/intropsych/
  5. The American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (APA TOPSS) course template.

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