HIP203 Health and Development through the Lifespan (8)

This subject develops knowledge of human development and health through a lifespan perspective. Students will explore the characteristics and developmental milestones at different stages of life, gain knowledge of a range of associated health conditions, and examine the link between human development and health. This subject will enable students to extend their holistic view of health, wellbeing and development by considering their psychological, cultural, physical, physiological and environmental determinants.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HIP203. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Limited to students enrolled in Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science or all other courses with approval from the Course Director. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the typical features and developmental milestones of different life stages;
  • be able to analyse health and ill-health relevant to different life stages;
  • be able to appraise the interdependence of human development and health;
  • be able to analyse the relevance of psychosocial, cultural, physical, physiological and environmental factors on health, wellbeing and human development; and
  • be able to use, create, communicate and share multimodal information in digital environments to compare and contrast health and development at different life stages.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Determinants of health, wellbeing and development across the lifespan;
  • Childhood: developmental through play, language and socialisation; health events in childhood; children living with a disability;
  • Adolescence: establishing identity and sense of belonging; risk taking behaviour; peer pressure; developing independence; health events in adolescence;
  • Adulthood: establishing occupational identity; leisure, hobbies, and social interests; sexual identity and behaviours; childbirth; parenting; health events in adulthood; and
  • Older adulthood: healthy ageing; physiological changes of ageing; occupation and retirement; changing health needs; death, dying and bereavement; loss of independence and institutional care.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HIP203 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Study journal
Case report 1
Case report 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.