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Unit 3 – Prenatal Development, Birth, and Infancy


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Identify how genes influence development.
  2. Describe factors that influence prenatal development.
  3. Explore the impact of prenatal influences on the health and well-being of the developing infant.
  4. Study the impact of birth complications on the developing infant.

Learning Activities

u03s1 Studies

Unit 3 Activities Overview

Launch Overview |


  • Click Launch Overview to listen to the Unit 3 Activities Overview. Dr. Nancy Longo describes the study activities for this unit.

Read each unit checklist at the start of each week and use it however it will be most helpful for you.

Read Chapter 3, "Prenatal Development and Birth," pages 53–92 in the Boyd and Bee text.

u03s2 Informational Interview Preparation

For your course project, you will develop a paper that explores an
area of lifespan development that applies to your professional goals,
or a specific area of lifespan development that interests you. You will
conduct an informational interview with a lifespan development
professional, and conduct extensive research pertaining to the area of
lifespan development you have selected.

The first assignment for your course project is to identify the
lifespan development professional you plan to interview. Questions must
focus on a life span development area of professional or personal
interest (do not simply ask questions about a particular profession).
However, you want to be able to relate the life span development area
of interest to your professional or personal goals.

As we cover new chapters and topics, feel free to refine your
questions in order to make sure they actually cover an area that
interest you.

Continue to prepare for your interview. Review the u04a1 assignment and its scoring guide.

For your Unit 4 assignment, you will need to include the following:

  • The area of lifespan development you will explore for the course project.
  • Your rationale for selecting that area.
  • Information about the lifespan development professional you will interview, including:

    • The professional's job title and brief description.
    • The company the professional is associated with.
    • An explanation for why you believe this person is appropriate for your interview.
    • How you located this person.

  • A list of questions you plan to ask and a rationale for each.

Capella's Career Center offers excellent resources to help you
formulate and conduct an informational interview. View the
Informational Interviewing presentation linked in the Resources below
for guidance.


u03d1 Prenatal and Postnatal Development Complications

Your text describes the effect
of teratogens on prenatal development, and also reviews some postnatal
development complications that can result from factors such as low
birth weight.

  • Based on what you have learned in this unit, how would you counsel
    someone who was considering pregnancy or was already pregnant about the
    factors that affect prenatal development, such as teratogens and other
  • How would you counsel women to lessen the impact of postnatal complications such as low birth weight or preterm birth?
In your answer, include the following:

  • Either: Refer to and integrate ideas presented in
    the text and supplemental information. Cite the textbook at least twice
    within your discussion.
  • Or: Cite at least one scholarly resource from the
    Capella library to support your discussion. Do not use Internet Web
    sites such as Wikipedia.
Follow APA style rules for citing references.
You will be evaluated on how well you can demonstrate that you
understand the ideas presented throughout the unit, including assigned
readings, discussions, media and independent research. You will also be
evaluated on the quality of your work—its academic rigor, how well it
shows your ability to think critically, and how completely it covers
the discussion topic. Refer to the Discussion Participation Scoring
Guide in the Resources below to learn how your discussions will be

Response Guidelines

Respond to at least two other learners in a manner that advances the discussion in a meaningful way. Your response is expected to be substantive in nature and to reference the assigned readings, as well as other theoretical, empirical, or professional literature to support your views. Cite your sources using APA style.


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