Early Childhood Development - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Learning Activity 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 - Learning Activity 2 (essay) (45%) - 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 ECEX602 Early Childhood Development.

This unit examines major theories and current issues in child development and the application of developmental theory to educational practice. It provides students with an understanding of how theory and cultural assumptions influence practice and how to recognise the implications of theory and research for teaching. The initial part of the unit is concerned with theories of development and the middle to latter sections deal with domains of development and areas of specific interest in child development for the early childhood years.

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

  1. acquire an understanding of the many and varying influences important to the development of a child
  2. develop an appreciation of the whole child through exploring the links between different dimensions of child growth and development
  3. demonstrate autonomy and adaptability as a teacher of young children through a thorough knowledge of child development theories and links with practical applications
  4. demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural, historical and contextual influences on the child
  5. analyse critically links between theory, research and practice to explore the biological underpinnings of development including individual differences.
  • Assignment 1 — Learning Activity 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Learning Activity 2 (essay) (45%)
  • Quiz 1 (15%)
  • Quiz 2 (15%)

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:

  • ECEX602 — Early Childhood Development

Admission to Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient
  • Other special requirement — Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

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.

1Developmental theories: cognitive theories; learning/behaviourism; maturation/ethology
2Developmental theories: ecological systems; psychoanalysis
3Research methods
4Individual differences and genetic contributions & prenatal development
5Perception & physical and motor development
6Cognition & language development
7Joint attention & theory of mind
8Temperament & attachment
10Emotional & social development
12Peer relationships

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

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.
  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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