Learn about the psychological changes that all humans go through
As humans, we experience three phases of development over our lifespan: physical, cognitive and social development.
On this course, you’ll investigate the key transitions associated with these phases of development, examining the psychological changes and exploring how and why these changes happen.
You’ll also consider whether development is continuous or discontinuous and to what extent development is influenced by nature or the environment, all before you explore designs and considerations for carrying out research in the discipline of psychology.
This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.
It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.
It is a good framework, with some essential learning and research and interesting additional reading. It uses some YouTube links, links to podcasts and journals and other articles. As part of the course you are encouraged to intereact with other learner's, as further information and tips on further reading are shared by learner's and mentors alike, and there are plenty of varied discussions on the topics after each step.. Personal stories from learner's also add to discussions and give room for further thoughts and springboards to further learning.
You can purchase a certificate to show evidence of learning if you wish, or merely follow the course and make your own notes and notes of references . The course is only available for a set number of weeks online, unless you buy a certificate or subscribe to unlimited learning. However I found there was ample time to do the course, you just need to be prepared to set time aside.
Luiscompleted this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
As with other Introduction to Psychology courses offered by Monash, Introduction to Psychology: Developmental Psychology is well put together and has plenty of objective, albeit limited, information on the topic. Its main weakness is having no video lessons; it has only one/two videos at the beginning and end of the MOOC, which means that there are tons of reading activities. Fine by me, but it gets boring after some time. There are many quizzes, which contribute to student learning, and links to journal articles. Overall, it's a good MOOC if you like its reading-based format.
I thought the course well prepared and presented. I appreciated the additional material and the contributions of my fellow students and it was great to have feedback on my contributions. I was very impressed by the ongoing involvement and responses of the mentors. I felt more of a part of a learning community than I have felt on other courses. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, Well done! I look forward to the next module of this introductory course.
The course itself was interesting, but the functionality was appalling. I have been right through the whole course three times now, and I have finished and passed, but I can’t get a certificate because another page is telling me that the course is incomplete. If you take this course, be prepared to be very frustrated.
Monash has, as usual, created an informative and interesting course. It encourages deep thought about the various theories, sometimes with surprising results. The discussion threads were encouraged and enjoyed. An excellent course. Thank you.