MHP114 Human Development Across the Lifespan (8)

This subject provides students with an understanding of mental health development (from conception through to adolescence, adulthood and old age) across the lifespan. It will examine the developmental milestones in human physical and mental development, the theories of human development, in particular attachment theory and the significance of nature versus nurture, personality theories and the differences in gender development. In addition this subject will explore cultural and social influences on developmental stages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and identify relevant services that may be required for these age groups


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP114. 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 Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science- Mental Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the milestones and stages in human physical and mental development across the lifespan;
  • be able to discuss a range of theories and stages of human development across the lifespan based upon reading of seminal documents and images;
  • be able to describe the mental health disorders that can occur within each age group;
  • be able to demonstrate a range of personality theories and theorists;
  • be able to analyse and debate the significance of nature versus nurture for human development;
  • be able to discuss cultural, social and gender influences on developmental stages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across the lifespan and;
  • be able to identify the traditional roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults with contemporary roles.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1- Milestones and Stages in Human Physical and Mental Development;
  • Module 2- Childhood development;
  • Module 3- Adolescent and adult development;
  • Module 4- Human Development Across the Lifespan; and
  • Module 5- Gender roles and identity and mental health.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MHP114 in Session 2 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 %
Online multiple choice quiz
Graphic item
Residential school attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.9 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject. Further details about the residential school will be provided by your Subject Coordinator. Students will attend a total of 20 days at residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects in the course.

Students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program may be eligible for federal government funding to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions which meets the requirements for support from Indigenous Student Services.

Special Resources

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects throughout the course.

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.