• Class Number 4035
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Amy Dawel
    • Dr Amy Dawel
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

How much of our behaviour is learned or innate? How much does the culture in which we are raised affect the person we become? What is the relationship between our childhood behaviours and experiences and our adult self? Developmental Psychology is the study of developmental processes across the range of human experience and abilities. This course provides a broad foundation in the discipline, with a primary focus on child and adolescent development. The course takes a topic-based approach, covering: (i) Biological and Motor Development, (ii) Perceptual Development, (iii) Cognitive Development, (iv) Play, (v) Language Development, (vi) Social Development, (vii) Emotional and Moral Development, and (viii) Developmental Disorders. A particular feature of the course is a dual emphasis on research and application. Students complete a laboratory report based on original research.

This course can be taken as an HPO.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and evaluate different theoretical approaches to development.
  2. Outline the course of development in several domains, including perception, cognition, language, emotion, and social and motor skill.
  3. Identify factors which facilitate or impair typical development.
  4. Demonstrate research skills through the writing of a lab report.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how research in developmental psychology is relevant to understanding the behaviour of children and adolescents in daily life situations.

Research-Led Teaching

The major assessment piece for this course is a lab report, supported by lab exercises. You will collect, analyse, and write-up data collected by the class on a topic of key interest in developmental psychology.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment

The final examination for this course will be administered online. Information about the scheduling of the examination will be posted by the University at http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable

Required Resources

  • Good access to the internet for online lectures, lab classes, and assessments is essential.
  • White, F., Hayes, B. & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental psychology from infancy to adulthood. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson. 4th Edition. (Textbook confirmed for 2022.)
  • Access to JASP software for lab classes. JASP can be downloaded from: https://jasp-stats.org/

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Honours Pathway Option (HPO) (10%, in place of first five quizzes)

PSYC2002 has an Honours Pathway Option. Students who are completing the Bachelor of Psychological Science must complete 24 units of HPOs throughout their degree. Students studying other degrees are not required to take any HPOs, but are encouraged to do so if they wish.


This year’s HPO assignment will develop your skills in translating current research to a lay audience. You will be required to write a 750-word popular science article on a current topic in developmental psychology. The assignment must be submitted by 4pm Wednesday 20 April 2022.


Note: If you enrol in the HPO option, your marks for quizzes 1-5 will not count toward your final grade (i.e., your total mark across the first 5 quizzes = maximum possible score of 10% to be replaced with HPO). Students who enrol in the HPO may choose not to undertake quizzes 1-5 or complete them to help revise/monitor progress. 

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer Quiz
2 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer Quiz
3 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer, 1x lab Quiz, lab exercise
4 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer, 1x lab Quiz, lab exercise
5 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer, 1x lab Quiz, lab exercise
6 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x lab Quiz, lab exercise
7 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer, 1x lab Lab exercise, HPO
8 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer, 1x lab Lab exercise
9 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer, 1x lab Lab exercise
10 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer Lab report
11 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer
12 1x pre-recorded lecture, 1x live online Q&A with lecturer, 1x lab Lab exercise

Tutorial Registration

Students must attend eight two-hour lab classes across the semester. In 2022, students may choose to attend lab classes face-to-face or online. Lab enrollment procedures will be provided at a later date.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 12 % 1,2,3,5
Lab Exercises 18 % 1,2,3,5
Lab Report 30 % 1,3,4,5
End of Semester Examination 40 % 1,2,3,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Lab attendance includes participating in the experiments, interacting with other students face-to-face (if enrolled in-person) or online with video and audio on (if enrolled online), and completing tasks on your computer. All students enrolled in online lab classes MUST keep their video on for the duration of each class, unless otherwise instructed by their tutor. Similarly, students who attend the live Q&A sessions with the lecturer must keep their video on for the duration of the session.


There is one end of semester exam.

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 12 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5


In Weeks 1 to 6, you will be required to complete a weekly multiple choice quiz on that week’s lecture and reading. Each quiz is worth 2% and will be on Wattle. Each quiz will include 5 questions (0.4% per question x 5 questions = 2% per quiz x 6 weeks = 12% total). You will get only one chance to answer each question. Each quiz will go live at 9am on Monday of the lecture week and close at 9am the following Monday. Quiz marks and feedback will become available online when the quiz closes.

For students undertaking the HPO, please see the "Other information section" for additional details.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 18 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Lab Exercises

You will work through an exercise in each lab class that scaffolds the main assessment item for this course, i.e., the lab report. 7 of the 8 exercises are worth 2%; the remaining 1 is worth 4% (2% x 7 lab classes + 4% x 1 lab class = 18% total). You will be awarded full marks for the exercise if you hand it in on time, unless the work does not meet the basic standard required (e.g., you would be awarded zero marks if you handed in a list of five references if the exercise asked for a list of ten, but would not lose any marks if you made some minor formatting errors). Some weeks, the lab exercise will be done individually; other weeks, the exercise will be completed in pairs or small groups. While you will start the exercise in class, you may need to finish it across the rest of the week (except for the final lab). Each lab exercise must be submitted via Turnitin prior to the start of your next enrolled lab class. Feedback will be provided in summary form to the lab class, not individually.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5

Lab Report

Research is the backbone of Psychology, informing both theory and application (e.g., therapy). In PSYC2002 you will write a lab report based on a piece of original research that you will complete in your lab classes. The report will allow you to delve deeper into an area of developmental psychology and hone both your analysis and report writing skills. The lab report will be 2000 words long and must be submitted via Turnitin by 4pm Wednesday 11 May 2022.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

End of Semester Examination

The exam will be in the formal exam period. Please check the exam timetable for date and location. The exam will comprise multiple-choice and short essay questions based on lectures, lab material, and required lecture readings. PLEASE NOTE: The PSYC2002 Developmental Psychology exam will be administered online.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of a quiz or lab exercise without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If a quiz or lab exercise is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. Late submission of the lab report without an extension is penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of the lab report is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be available from the course Wattle site approximately three weeks after the due date. Late assignments usually cannot be marked within this three-week timeframe.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Amy Dawel
(02) 6125 4106

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Dr Amy Dawel

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Dr Amy Dawel
(02) 6125 4106

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Dr Amy Dawel

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