Human Growth & Development



      Course Title:        Human Growth & Development
    Course Number:                      RHS 345
    Credit hours:                                 3
  Course Description
      The course introduces the students to the developmental process of a normal person in different aspects of human growth. Developmental aspects include motor, neural, social, emotional, intellectual, sensory and communication. Interaction of these different aspects in overall development of the individual is also introduced.
    Course Objectives
1.      To understand stages of growth and development of different skills.
2.      To identify and understand the factors influencing the development of different skills.
3.      To relate different aspects of growth and development to communication.
25% Exam 1
25% Exam 2
10% Class Participation
40% Final Exam
 Topics Covered

 1. Introduction; Meaning of growth and development, Maturity, Concept of phylogenetic and ontogenetic development, Types of change, Aims and purposes of knowing developmental patterns, General principles of growth and development, Factors affecting growth and development.
2.  Genetic Foundations of Behavior; Mechanisms of inheritance, Concept of meiosis and mitosis.                                                                                                                        
3.  Neural Development; Brief description of evolution of the central nervous system, Pre natal and post natal development of the central nervous system including myelinization process.
4.  Intellectual development; Growth of Intelligence, from early childhood to adolescence, decline of intelligence with age, methods of measuring intelligence, Concept of IQ and factors affecting intelligence development.
5.  Glandular development; The different types of glands particularly ductless and their secretions.  Relationship of different hormones and behavior of the individual
6.  Motor Development; Stages in motor development, Motor development during infancy and childhood, the development of complex motor skills and the handedness
7.  Physical development; Growth cycles, concept of asynchronous growth, Effects of growth cycles on behavior, concept of body size and body proportion.
8.  Emotional development; Definition of emotions, Theories of emotional development, Characteristics of childhood emotions, factors in emotional development.
9.  Personality development; Concept of personality, components of personality, development of personality, factors that determine personality.

Resources Used
         Santrock, J.W. (2000). Children 6th Edition. Boston: McGraw Hill.

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