Human Growth and Development

By Dr.K.Sambath Rani   |   Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women,Coimbatore
Growth and development being an integral component of health and wellbeing of the child, it is essential that one seeks out for adequate information regarding the same and put the acquired knowledge into action to reap tangible benefits . The term growth refers to increase in physical size of the body and development to increase in skills and function. Growth and development are considered together because the child grows and develops simultaneously. This course focuses on human growth and development over the lifespan, as well as careers that help people deal with various physical, intellectual, and socioemotional issues, such as physicians, nurses, nutritionists, counselors, social worker, home science.

This course is important because it gives the student a background in human growth and development from before birth, through childhood, into adulthood, and through death and grief. It gives the student perspective and highlights where people in the caring professions are most needed. Students who take this course will come away with a broad understanding of all the careers that help people from birth to death. They will understand how people in the helping professions interact with each other and how continued growth in this sector.

Learners enrolled: 2054


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 10 Jun 2020
End Date : 02 Aug 2020
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Jul 2020
Category :
  • Teacher Education
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week - I

    1. Concepts and Theories of Human Development
    2. Meaning, Definition & Principles of Growth Development
    3. Development periods in human life span (Prenatal development, Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood)

    Week - II

    4. Heredity and environment on development
    5. Domains of Human Growth and Development 
    6. Theories of Erikson, Piaget & Kohlberg

    Week - III

    7. Social Learning Theory (Albert Bandura), Ecological Theory (Bronfrenbrenner), Holistic Theory of Development (Steiner)
    8. Meaning & Definition of Personality
    9. Theories of Personality

    Week - IV

    10. Pre-natal Development – Conception, Pre-natal Development & Birth
    11. Sensation
    12. Sensation: Definition and Sensory Process

    Week - V

    13. Attention: Definition and Affecting Factors
    14. Perception: Definition and Types 
    15. Memory, Thinking, and Problem Solving

    Week - VI

    16. Physical and Emotional Growth and Development
    17. Emerging capabilities across domains related to cognition - metacognition, creativity, ethics
    18. Issues related to puberty

    Week - VII

    19. Gender Stereotyping Morality & Development 
    20. Influence of Development on the growing child 
    21. Psychological well-being, Formation of Identity and Self-Concept

    Week - VIII

    22. Concept of Diversity and Type of Diversity 
    23. Diversity in Learning & Delivering the Diverse Learning Needs
    24. Independent Living Skills – Meaning, Importance, Component.
    25. Transition to Adulthood – Sexuality, Marriage and Employment


    1.Concepts and Theories of Human Development by Richard M. Lerner

    2.Theory and issues in human development by Linda J. Roberts

    3.An Overview of Human Development Issues by David S. Walonick

    4.Theories of Human development by Malcolm W. Watson


    Dr.K.Sambath Rani

    Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women,Coimbatore
    Dr. K. Sambath Rani, Asst. Prof. (SG), Department of Special Education, School of Education, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore. I have 26 years of service in the field of Special Education. My thrust for research is quenched by undertaking UGC Major Research Project, Minor Project, DST Project and ICSSR–IMPRESS Project. I had cleared UGC NET Exam in Education. Specialized in Two Major areas (Visual Impairment and Mental Retardation). My commitment in the field is reflected by means of conducting various programmes to Special Educators, Inclusive Teachers, Village Health Nurses Anganwadi teachers and other paraprofessionals. I had authored Six Books and written Course Material in Special Education to Tamil Nadu Open University. My expertise is shared in Seminars and Conferences With regard to teaching learning in the class I give a lot of examples (case studies) and relate realistic experiences related to the content and make the class interesting to sustain the attention of the students.


    30% for in course Assessment & 70% of end term Proctored Exam