SRC931 - Growth and Development Across the Lifespan

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Subject Title
Growth and Development Across the Lifespan

Subject Description
The theoretical framework of this subject enables students to develop a recognition and understanding of physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive development from conception to death. Students examine the flow of experience; the biological and emotional stresses which impinge on human beings at various stages of their development; the demands imposed by these stresses; the range of reactions, and possible solutions.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Seneca Rehabilitation Certificate.

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

1. Discuss the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive development of individuals at each stage of development across the life span;

2. Describe developmental theories as they relate to moral and personality development and discuss human behaviour using these theories;

3. Describe the interrelationships of physical, psychological and social developmental tasks;

4. Assess and identify client needs and establish strategies to address these needs;

5. Discuss different learning styles and develop strategies to address individual strengths and modes of learning;

6. Identify and analyze gender issues, sexuality, and other relevant current issues related to human growth and development.

This subject should discuss the stages of growth and development from conception to death.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Social development
  • Physical development
  • Psychological development
  • Spiritual development
  • Personality development
  • Decision-making abilities
  • Learning styles and strategies
  • Moral development
  • Development of sexual identity

Mode of Instruction
This course will be delivered via the self-paced individualized learning method. This may involve the use of a text, learner guide and consultation with your instructor by email.  Students will be responsible for completing all self-paced exercises outlined in the learner guide and Addednum Timeline Document. The time allotment for completion of the course is 20 weeks from the official start date. 

Prescribed Texts
Independent Learning / Distance Learning:
Boyd, D.R., Bee, H.L., & Johnson, P.A. (2015). Lifespan development (5th Canadian ed.). Toronto: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

Reference Material
Bibliography of suggested readings listed in the learner guide.  

APA citation

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
Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  Suggested timeline provided correspondence assignments must be handed in prior to the end date.  Late assignments may be subject to grade penalties.  A student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade.
Assignments are to be grammatically correct, and marks may be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in their written work. 

All assignments must be cited.  Students are referred to the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

A student must obtain a passing grade (50% or higher) on the combined assignments and term work.

Grading  is based on the following marking scheme.

On-Line Delivery

Assignment #1 (Written Assignment and Discussion Board) 15%
Assignment #2 (Written Assignment and Discussion Board) 15%
MidTerm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers