Child Development in Context - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Literature review (2000 words) (40%) , Assignment 2 - Focus on methodology (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX833 Child Development in Context.

Central to this unit is an understanding of child development through reading, reviewing and critiquing research. The unit starts with a range of topics from which students are encouraged to find a topic of interest. It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have completed previous studies in child development. Students in this unit will investigate a specific topic in depth rather than covering a wide range of topics. ECHX833 offers opportunities for students to create small research proposals, prepare material for professional development and other applications of relevance to workplace or research pathways.

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

  1. demonstrate in-depth understanding of one or more specialist areas of child development
  2. apply their understanding of child development theory and research to early childhood policy and practice
  3. have adequate research skills to conduct small-scale empirical investigations.
  4.  Effectively communicate child development research to parents and other professionals
  5. use research skills to evaluate child development programs or policy implemented as part of professional practice.
  • Assignment 1 — Literature review (2000 words) (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Focus on methodology (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Applied task or presentation (20%)

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.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient
  • Other special requirement — Webcam

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.

1Introduction to the Unit & Self-study topic: Goswami - Theories of Cognitive Development
2Self-study topic: Goswami - Infancy: The Origins of Cognitive Development
3Self-study topic: Goswami - Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
4Self-study topic: Goswami - Topics in Cognitive Development in Childhood
5Self-study topic: Bremner & Wachs - Perceptual and Cognitive Development
6Self-study topic: Bremner & Wachs - Social Cognition, Communication, and Language
7Self-study topic: Bremner & Wachs - Social-Emotional Development
8Independent research: Focus on self-selected topic of interest
9Independent research: Focus on self-selected topic of interest
10Research methods: Evidence-based practice
11Research methods: Understanding methods used to research selected area of development
12Application of research
13Application of research

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is an approved elective 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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