IMH106 - Human Development

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Subject Title
Human Development

Subject Description
This course is an in-depth study of growth, development and learning of the child from conception through toddlerhood.  This course examines diverse theories of development and engages students in discussion of the principles and tenets of those theories.  Close attention is paid to those areas of development that support the positive mental health outcomes of infants.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Compare various theorists and their approaches to child development focusing on infancy and early childhood.
  2. Explain the relationship between genetics and the environment and its impact on lifetime growth.
  3. Distinguish the life skills involved in positive mental health development in young children.
  4. Analyze traditional views of child and human development using diverse cultural 
  5. Summarize typical development, prenatal to 3 years.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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Topic Outline

  • Typical Development prenatal to 3 years
    • Pre-pregnancy
    • Prenatal
    • Motor
    • Communication
    • Cognitive
    • Memory
    • Social
    • Physical
  • Understanding norms, milestones and expectations
  • Theories of development, which could include:
    • Piaget
    • Vygotsky
    • Erickson
  • Life skill development, which could include:
    • Self-regulation
    • Attention
    • Resilience
    • Metacognition
    • Executive function
    • Perception
    • Learning
  • Evolution of positive mental health

Prescribed Texts
Berk, Laura and Meyers, Adena, (2016)  Infants and children:  Prenatal through middle childhood.  (8th edition)  Canada:  Pearson Education

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Please Note:    It is the students’ responsibility to keep copies of materials (assignments, etc.) used for evaluative purposes
Due Dates and Extensions
Due dates for the assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class. Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date. Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.
Each professor will use their own discretion within the following guidelines: Late assignments may be penalized up to 10% of the grade or one full grade (whichever is less) starting the first day after the assignment is due. Each subsequent week, a further 10% may be deducted starting on the first day of that week.
Absence during scheduled tests and presentations require a medical note. Failure to meet these requirements will result in an F grade. Students are required to notify the professor before the scheduled test or presentation if they are unable to attend.
As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook and the IMH Student Handbook.

Approved by: Sandra Noble