HDEC 101 - Human Development 1

This course provides the student with an introduction to the concepts, theories, research methods, and findings relevant to the study of human development from prenatal and birth through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the application of life-span principles and developmental concepts in individual and social contexts. The effects of heredity and environment, as well as ethical issues relevant to the research of development, are also presented.




Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


HDEC 100 (may be taken concurrently).



Non-Course Prerequisites:
Criminal Record Check Schedule B works with “children” or works with “children and vulnerable adults"





Course Content: - Basic Concepts,Research Methods and Major Theories associated with the study of Human Development
- Prenatal Development and Birth
- Development in Infancy
- Development in Early Childhood
- Development in Middle Childhood
- Development in Adolescence



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:
- Explain the importance of understanding human development from a life-span perspective.
- Identify the basic concepts of human development.
- Identify and describe research methods used for studying human development
- Describe ethical conduct for involving humans in research
- Define and explain how theories account for human development during infancy, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and research relevant to heredity, prenatal development and birth, infancy, early, middle childhood, and adolescence
- Apply basic concepts of human development to life experiences.

- Identify major theories as they relate to infant,early childhood,middle childhood and adolescent development.
- Demonstrate an understanding of physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social and personality development during infancy. -Demonstrate an understanding of physical, cognitive social and personality development during early childhood.
- Demonstrate an understanding of physical, cognitive social and personality development during middle childhood.
- Demonstrate an understanding of physical, cognitive social and personality development during adolescence.

- Maintain a professional and collegial attitude in course discussion and assignment work.
- Recognize and respect cultural and family diversity in human development.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 90


Percentage of Group Work: 10



Additional Course Comments: This course has been approved by and adheres to the B.C. Child Care Occupational Competencies - Government of B.C.
Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry Competencies:
A-3 (ethical research)
A-4 (basic systems theory)





Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.