Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
Psychology 108
Self-paced. 10 weeks (30 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Psychology Of Adulthood and Aging


The course objective is to teach students an overview of the physiological, social, and cognitive developmental stages associated with adulthood and aging.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze the field of gerontology, models of aging, and stereotypes and demographics of aging populations
  • Compare Piaget's stages of cognitive development to the changes in intellectual, memory, and problem solving abilities that occur in late adulthood
  • Assess the purposes and limitations of clinical measures designed to assess patients' mental health, such as behavioral, cognitive, psychophysiological, and neuropsychological assessment measures
  • Categorize causes and treatments for generalized anxiety and panic disorders, substance disorders, cognitive disorders, depressive disorders and the treatments for these disorders
  • Describe the family relationships, friendships, love relationships, occupational cycles, how these cycles differ among minorities and women and retirement and leisure time
  • Relate the five factor model of dispositional traits and various major figures theories on personality
  • Examine the common physical, psychological and emotional changes, chronic health conditions and physical changes occurring to the nervous, muscle, skeletal, integumentary, sensory, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, and reproductive systems during aging
  • Review the ways in which attention processing speeds, sensory memory, long-term memory, implicit and explicit memory, and working memory are affected by the aging process
  • Break down intelligence testing and research methods, theories of psychopathology and various classifications of lifespan development disorder
  • Explain the stages of dying, grief, and bereavement alongside the history of hospice care and the debate over euthanasia

General Topics:

  • Introduction to adult development and aging
  • Personality and aging
  • Health of the aging population
  • The aging brain and nervous system
  • Effects of aging on skin and body build
  • Effects of aging on the sensory system
  • Effects of aging on the circulatory and respiratory systems
  • The aging endocrine and reproductive systems
  • Chronic conditions of the aging population
  • Changes to memory and attention with age
  • Cognitive development and aging
  • Overview of intelligence, wisdom and creativity
  • Mental health and lifespan development disorders
  • Cognitive, behavioral and psychological assessments
  • Aging-related anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse among aging populations
  • Cognitive disorders related to aging
  • Mood and stress disorders affecting the aging population
  • Treatment methods for psychological disorders in adults
  • Relationships in adulthood
  • Career changes over the lifespan
  • Retirement and leisure in adulthood
  • Overview of death, dying and bereavement
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials