Theories of Development and Learning - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Case Study (50%) , Report (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

Drawing on rigorous theory and research, this unit provides an overview of typical and atypical development from birth to adolescence across the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains. A broad range of influences on development and learning will be examined. This unit will include major theoretical perspectives on learning, such as behaviourism, humanism, cognitivism and constructivism. It will also focus on learning and teaching strategies that support the full participation of all students in order to maximise development and learning outcomes.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain how physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and characteristics of students may affect learning
  2. appraise theoretical perspectives and research into how students mature and learn and possible practical implications for learning and teaching
  3. select a variety of pedagogical strategies that support students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds
  4. describe strategies to support full participation of students with a disability to maximise developmental and learning outcomes.
  • Case Study (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introducing educational psychology and reflective practice
2Physical development and learning 1
3Physical development and learning 2
4Behaviourist theories of development and learning
5Cognitive development and learning
6Cognitivist/Constructivist theories of development and learning
7Socio-emotional development and learning
8Moral development and learning
9Humanist theories of development and learning
10Systems theory
11Holistic perspectives 1
12Holistic perspectives 2
13Reflection and review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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