HS3008 - Human Development in the World

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will explore human development in the world, and how this relates to health, education and social care service provision in contemporary society. This module explores development from infancy and toddlerhood, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and finally death and dying. The module focuses on 3 core concepts in relation to human development – physical, cognitive and psychosocial. Arising from these core concepts is a further exploration of beliefs and behaviours and the impact on engagement with health, education and social care. You will use this understanding of development across the lifespan to inform your understanding of your chosen onward area of practice.

How will I learn on this module?

A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be used within the module to help you develop your understanding of human development in the world, considering existing evidence and theories. This will include a combined traditional teaching and learning strategy with technology driven methods, which will involve lectures, supplemented by discussion within seminars, independent learning, and group work that will be student centred and student led. Lectures, discussion and seminars will be used to introduce concepts, reflect on personal experience and to develop relationships between concepts and human experience.??Guidelines and specific exercises will provide scope for discussion and learning during group work periods.??Material from individual or group work will be used within whole group discussions, but the main purpose is to provide an opportunity for you to think about the relationship between current knowledge, attitudes and ideas generated within the module and health, education and social care. Seminars and discussion groups will help integration and synthesis of the subject area. Various audio-visual aids and case studies will also be used, as well as a range of IT resources during designated timetabled sessions.?

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will have a named Personal Tutor, who will provide help and advice at every stage of the programme. The module leader will provide guidance on the content of the module and assessment during formal teaching time, and throughout the academic year, time will set aside on a regular basis for individual and small group tutorial support should you wish to access this. You will also be provided with the contact details of key module personnel within the module handbook and on the e-learning platform. Lecturers will facilitate seminar groups to support academic development. You will have access to lecturers at specifically designated times via online forums; email; group tutorials and one to one meetings. Formative and summative assessment tasks include ‘feedforward’ in preparation for assessment submission, and ‘feedback’ to identify aspects of students’ strengths and areas which require development. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the Electronic Learning Portal, Blackboard Ultra.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be able to identify and discuss knowledge, theory and evidence relevant to the core areas of human development in the world (physical, cognitive and psychological).

2. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the provision of services across health, education and social care and how this relates to the development of the individual.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. You will develop an ability use a range of study skills to retrieve and review relevant sources of information to develop your knowledge base relative to human development in the world.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. You will appreciate and value of other learners as partners in the process of knowledge acquisition and understand the value of participation across a variety of teaching strategies to enhance learning, demonstrating ongoing commitment to engaging in academic learning and professional development.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
Formative assessment will take place during scheduled sessions and e-learning activities and will be informed by engagement with a 250-word report that demonstrates knowledge relative to your chosen e-poster topic. Feedback will be provided by the module tutor. (MLO 1-4).

Summative assessment
The summative assessment is an e-poster (nominal 1000 words) designed to enable you to demonstrate your understanding of a specific area of health / education / social care promotion. Feedback will be given via the Electronic Learning Platform. (MLO 1-4)





Module abstract

This module is part of the Foundation year in Health, Education and Social Care Programme and has been developed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of human development in the world. A variety of teaching, learning and assessment strategies will be used to support your development and there will be a number of opportunities to enhance your learning and academic skills through engagement in formative assessments and access to high quality resources. Teaching and learning strategies will be engaging using a collaborative approach with real world examples and supported by the use of technology enhanced learning.
The module team will assume no academic background knowledge in this field of study however you will be encouraged to draw upon both past reading and life experience as part of your learning.??By the end of the module, you will have developed your understanding of human development in the world and the inter-relation with beliefs and behaviours in the wider context of health, education and social care.??
The summative assessment will enable you to demonstrate your understanding of human development in the world, with relevance to your planned onward programme of study, support your progression within the Foundation Year in Health, Education and Social Care Programme, and provide a solid basis for future study within related disciplines.

Course info

UCAS Code B760

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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