Developmental Psychology (PSY203) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Developmental Psychology PSY203 3 0 0 3 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology II
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Bahar BAHTİYAR SAYGAN
Course Assistants
Course Objectives Developmental psychology as a subfield of psychology is introduced and human development from prenatal period through middle childhood are explored.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To define fundamental issues related to the study of human development
  • To identify the developing individual across physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains
  • To explain the major theoretical approaches to developmental psychology
  • To differentiate gender and cultural differences in human development
Course Content An introduction to the field of developmental psychology; prenatal development; physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development in the periods of infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood and middle childhood.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 History, Theory, and Research Strategies Assigned reading: Chapter 1
2 Genetic and Environmental Foundations Assigned reading: Chapter 2
3 Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn Baby Assigned reading: Chapter 3
4 Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood Assigned reading: Chapter 4
5 Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood Assigned reading: Chapter 5
6 Emotional and Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood Assigned reading: Chapter 6
7 Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Assigned reading: Chapter 7
8 Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood Assigned reading: Chapter 8
9 Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood Assigned reading: Chapter 9
10 Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood Assigned reading: Chapter 10


Course Book 1. Berk, L. E. (2014). Development through the lifespan (6th Ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project 1 20
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 50
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 30
Toplam 4 100
Percentage of Semester Work 70
Percentage of Final Work 30
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To have a comprehensive understanding of basic psychological perspectives and to examine the mental, affective, and behavioral processes of human beings within a scientific discipline X
2 To have a knowledge about the historical and philosophical developments, basic concepts, applications and schools of science of psychology as well as the subfields of psychology such as clinical, experimental, social, developmental, industrial, health, traffic and educational psychology X
3 To gain skills in identifying, describing, formulating, and solving the problems related to basic mental, emotional, and behavioral problems of human beings X
4 To develop new ideas through analytical, critical, and creative point of view by using abstract concepts and to gain skills in evaluating different psychological phenomena X
5 To gain knowledge and skills in transforming his/her theoretical knowledge into practice in different fields of psychology X
6 To have skills in accessing knowledge and using resources X
7 To have knowledge about basic principles of psychological assessment along with various quantitative, qualitative, and experimental research methods, to have skills in designing and conducting research by using these methods, and analyzing, reporting, and presenting research data X
8 To have awareness of interpersonal sensitivity, societal processes and problems X
9 To have efficient written and oral communication skills in Turkish and English X
10 To gain skills in following the developments in the field of expertise and renewing himself/herself with an awareness of life-span learning X
11 To have professional and ethical responsibility, knowledge, and awareness X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 2 32
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Project 1 15 15
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 15 30
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 25 25
Total Workload 150