1 x 1-hour tutorial fortnightly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
1 Admission into BPSG-Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry)
2 2 of PSYC1101, PSYC1102
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
PSYC2017 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
First year undergraduate level knowledge of psychological principles.
Topic description

This topic builds upon information about human development mastered in previous topics. It will extend students' understanding of developmental changes in a number of domains of human functioning and of key theories in developmental psychology. In particular, it will address biological, social, linguistic and cognitive development. Other areas that may be discussed include, but are not limited to, atypical patterns of development and research designs for the study of human development. A topical, rather than a chronological approach is adopted. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the ethical considerations that are relevant to research on human development, and to collect and analyse data concerning human development.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with an introduction to the broad field of human development
  • Provide an enhanced appreciation of some of developmental changes, some of the key theories about human development, and the special ethical considerations involved in research on human development
  • Provide students with hands-on experience to improve their skills in collecting systematic information about human development and in analysing and interpreting this information
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of theories of human development and their real-world applications
  2. Identify and critically reflect on biopsychosocial factors that influence development across the lifespan
  3. Identify and critically reflect on various domains of development and ageing (e.g., motor, language, emotional, cognitive development)

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.