Developmental Psychology - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Review Report (25%) , Assignment 2 - Research Report (35%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,860.00
Domestic continuing 878.00
HECS 820.00
International 3,110.00
International continuing 1,128.00

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This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of human development. Students will gain familiarity with the main theories of human development and the processes, periods, and issues in development. The unit will also address topics in relation to the physical, cognitive and socioemotional development of individuals from infancy to adulthood. Students will be given the opportunity to develop professionally relevant skills and experience in applying statistical knowledge to answer research questions relevant to developmental psychology.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Describe the main theories of human development
  2. Evaluate how research on the lifespan is conducted using different research designs and methods
  3. Identify the most important processes, periods and issues in development.
  4. Describe physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
  5. Apply statistical knowledge to a human development-related research question and communicate this in a clear and concise manner.
  • Assignment 1 — Review Report (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Research Report (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PSS250 — Developmental Psychology

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

If you enrol in a mandatory co-requisite unit & fail, you risk being withdrawn from the higher level unit & penalties apply:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the lifespan perspective
2Theories of human development
3Research designs and methods related to human development
4Physical development in infancy, childhood, Adolescence and adulthood
5Cognitive development in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
6Socioemotional development in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
7Contemporary issues in developmental psychology

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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