Area of Study 1
Developmental transitions This area of study examines the developmental transitions from youth to adulthood, with a focus on expected changes, significant decisions, and protective factors, including behaviours. Students consider perceptions of what it means to be a youth and an adult and investigate the expected physical and social changes. They inquire into factors that influence both the transition from youth to adulthood and later health status. They consider the characteristics of respectful, healthy relationships. Students examine parenthood as a potential transition in life. With a focus on the influence of parents/carers and families, students investigate factors that contribute to development, health and wellbeing during the prenatal, infancy and early childhood stages of the lifespan. Health and wellbeing is considered as an intergenerational concept (that is, the health and wellbeing of one generation affects the next).
On completion of this unit the student should be able to explain developmental changes in the transition from youth to adulthood, analyse factors that contribute to healthy development during prenatal and early childhood stages of the lifespan and explain health and wellbeing as an intergenerational concept. To achieve this outcome the student will draw on key knowledge and key skills outlined in Area of Study 1.
The Extraordinary Making of You - Michael Mosley's, The 9 Months That Made You
The First 8 Weeks
100 trillion cells. 280 days. One human life. The person you are was decided before you were even born. The way you smile, the environments you thrive in, the colour of your children's eyes - from the moment you're conceived to the moment you're born, each critical event in the womb can change your life forever. And the clock is ticking. In episode one, Michael Mosley tells the story of our first eight weeks - the most perilous time in the womb. This is when everything about who we are hangs in the balance - when the layout of our organs is determined, when our heart makes its first beat, and when the length of our lives could be decided. Told through a series of surprising, moving and inspirational human stories, we discover how the journey to becoming a human being is a rollercoaster ride where anything can - and does - happen.
Against the Odds
Michael Mosley recounts our middle weeks in the womb. At 8 weeks we all look the same, but in the next stage of development a series of transformations make each of us unique.
The Final Push
Michael Mosley charts the final weeks in the womb when cartilage hardens to form the skeleton. The brain is developing rapidly, laying the foundations for memory. (Final)