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Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Describe the main theories of human development;
  • Evaluate how research on the lifespan is conducted using different research designs and methods;
  • Identify the most important processes, periods and issues in development;
  • Describe physical, cognitive and socioemotional development in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood;
  • Apply statistical knowledge to a human development-related research question and communicate this in a clear and concise manner.
    • Introduction to the lifespan perspective
    • Theories of human development
    • Research designs and methods related to human development
    • Physical development in infancy, childhood, Adolescence and adulthood
    • Cognitive development in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
    • Socioemotional development in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
    • Contemporary issues in developmental psychology
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

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

  • SWI-PSS250

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

SWI-STA10003-Foundations of Statistics , or SWI-STA102
SWI-PSY10003-Psychology 100 , or SWI-PSS110
SWI-PSY10004-Psychology 101 , or SWI-PSS120
SWI-PSY10005-Introduction to Research Methods


If you enrol in a mandatory co-requisite subject & fail, you risk being withdrawn from the higher level subject & penalties apply: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/degrees-and-subjects/

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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 subject.

  • Review Report (25%)
  • Research Report (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

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Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology