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PHSE305 Lifespan Human Development

An examination of human growth and development from various theoretical perspectives. Emphases will be placed on appreciation of atypical development from the knowledge of typical development and application of theoretical understanding to an individual student’s own development.

This paper provides students with the opportunity to teach children with unique learning needs and to study physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of life from conception to death. Before a student starts teaching a child on a one-on-one basis, or with another student at the Movement Development Clinic, all students go through a two-week pre-clinic training programme.
By writing lesson plans, self-evaluations and reports, students will acquire some of the essential professional skills required for teachers, coaches, trainers and researchers. Studies on lifespan human development will equip students with a lifespan perspective that will allow them to deliver age-appropriate service to a client at any point of life.

Paper title Lifespan Human Development
Paper code PHSE305
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $969.22
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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PHSE 202 and PHSE 203
PHSE 505
For students with a basic knowledge and experience of teaching, coaching and motor learning principles.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Motohide Miyahara
Paper Structure
  • Clinic preparation training
  • Clinic teaching
  • Lectures on physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of life from conception to death
Teaching Arrangements
Clinic preparation training is compulsory from Weeks 1 to 2.
Papalia, D. E., Feldman, R. D. (2012). Experience Human Development (12th Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Ethics, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • A broad knowledge base of human development from a lifespan perspective
  • Skills to conduct assessment, make a curriculum and write lesson plans and evaluation for a child with unique learning needs
  • Positive attitudes for clinic clients and the individual student's own life

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22