• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Minor code DEPS-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Developmental Psychology Minor


Will focus on human development through childhood, adolescence and ageing, highlighting the concept of human development and ageing as a variable life-long process. All key areas, such as cognition, language, emotion, social and motor skills will be discussed. The biological foundations of psychological development and the psychoanalystical, behavioural and cognitive theories which provide the basis of modern developmental psychology provide an underlying integrative thread. The effects of work and retirement, and health-care provision on promoting healthy ageing will be addressed within the context of the processes of human health and diseasethe laboratory program will provide students with more in depth information about specific aspects of human development, and how developmental theories, methods and research findings are inherently linked to provide and empirical basis for the discipline.

Learning Goals:

  1. Students who have completed the Developmental Psychology minor will be able to:
  2. Explain major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  3. Differentiate theoretical and empirical frameworks that have defined and shaped the field.
  4. Define key concepts that characterise psychology as a field of scientific inquiry as well as things that differentiate it from other related disciplines.
  5. Relate how social (eg environmental/cultural), and biological (genes, hormones) factors jointly shape human behavior.
  6. Apply basic research methods in psychology to investigate psychological questions and to research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  7. Use critical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  8. Identify relevant psychological mechanisms/issues and apply to real world or other contexts.
  9. Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organisational issues.
  10. Critically analyse data and research, including methodology, results and conclusions.
  11. Articulate some of the central questions and issues in contemporary psychology.
  12. Critically evaluate the presentation of scientific ideas and research in the popular media.
  13. Identify and critically evaluate appropriate disciplinary research sources
  14. Evaluate information from a statistical perspective drawing on basic statistical concepts.
  15. Develop competence in interpreting graphical data to understand what is being compared/manipulated (independent variables) and what is being measured (dependent variables).
  16. Clearly communicate psychological processes and principles to both science literate and non science literate audiences.
  17. Adapt the collaborative and independent experiences of psychology laboratory, project and course work to other contexts.
  18. Identify and reflect on the values that underpin the discipline of psychology and its practice.

Other Information

Advice to Students:

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? Some of these subjects require 1st year prerequisites, and both PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 are highly recommended for all 2000 and 3000 level psychology courses.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Developmental Psychology minor.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PSYC1004 Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context 6
PSYC2002 Developmental Psychology 6
PSYC3020 Health Psychology 6
  PSYC 3027: Late-Life Dev & Ageing
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