• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Evan Kidd
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course explores human development. The primary focus is on development in childhood and adolescence, although the evolution of different psychological functions is also explored through the consideration of comparative studies with other species. Topics include perceptual development, cognitive development, language development, social and moral development, and developmental disorders. Controversial issues such as the interaction between nature and nurture, and whether development is best described as continuous or stage-like, will be highlighted. The laboratory program will provide students with more in-depth information about specific aspects of development, with a focus on the practical application of research skills through the writing of a lab report and the ‘parenting’ of a virtual child. 

This course can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The broad goals of the course are to provide students with the basic knowledge that will enable them to:

  • describe and evaluate different theoretical approaches to development.
  • outline the course of development in several domains, including perception, cognition, language, emotion, and social and motor skill.
  • identify factors which facilitate or impair typical development.
  • demonstrate research skills through the writing of a lab report.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how developmental psychology is relevant to understanding the behaviour of children and adolescents in daily life situations


Indicative Assessment

(i)a lab report (25%), (ii) a mid-semester exam (25%) and an end-of -semester exam (25%), (iii) two minor assignments based on laboratory work (25%).

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Two- hours of lectures per week and 6 x 3 hour laboratories spread over the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004.

Prescribed Texts

White, F., Hayes, B. & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental Psychology: from infancy to adulthood (4th edition). Pearson: Frenchs Forest, NSW





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2492 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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