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2017-2018 Catalog Year
HDFS-201: Life Span Human Development

General Information

  • Name: Life Span Human Development
  • Discipline: Human Development & Family Studies
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Studies human growth over the life span covering the biological influences on development and the processes of intellectual and social development. Reviews the family system and explores major challenges and developmental issues facing families today.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify major theories of human development and learning as they relate to the three developmental domains.
  • Distinguish between hereditary and environmental influences affecting human development.
  • Recognize that development begins with conception and continues throughout the entire life cycle.
  • Learn growth and development principals, generalizations and theories.
  • Recognize the influences of early development on later development.
  • Learn to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view.
  • Acquire skills in working with others as a member of a team.

III: Course Linkage

General Education Mission and Outcomes:

Students who complete this course are expected to demonstrate they:


  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate critical thinking skill.
  • Understand the methods of science and the role of science and technology in the modern world.

Personal Development

  • Can work effectively with others.

Community Commitment

  • Understand the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in the modern world.

Scheduled HDFS-201 classes:

Fall 2017