• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amy Dawel
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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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, focusing on early lifespan development. This 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 this 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. Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of developmental psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach.
  2. Critically analyse and synthesise theory and evidence to explain how nature and nurture interact across the course of human development.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to apply research in developmental psychology to real-world questions and scenarios.
  4. Participate in collecting research data, then analyse the data and write a research report describing the results, in the format of a lab report.

Other Information

Important information for 2023 delivery:

  • This course will only be available for students admitted to an undergraduate program offered by ANU from 2023.
  • Students admitted to an APAC accredited program (BSPSY, APSYC, BSC, BA, PhB) prior to 2023 and seeking to complete the accredited pathway of PSYC courses should enrol in PSYC2002 in 2023. If you are unable to complete PSYC2002 in 2023 please seek further advice from science.enquiries@anu.edu.au.
  • For academic advice about this course please contact amy.dawel@anu.edu.au
  • To obtain a permission code please complete the form available from this link: https://students.science.anu.edu.au/program-admin/requesting-permission-enrol

Incompatibility with PSYC2002: Note that although this course is incompatible with PSYC2002, the content and expectations are higher in PSYC3202. Students having undertaken PSYC2002 may be eligible to receive an exemption from PSYC3202 but will not receive specific credit for the higher level course (PSYC3202), and it will not contribute towards satisfying the 3000 level requirements of the relevant program, major, minor or specialisation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online quizzes (12) [LO 1,2]
  2. Lab exercises (18) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Lab report (30) [LO 1,3,4]
  4. End of semester exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. HPO assessment: students complete a research-based HPO option in place of some online quizzes (0) [LO 1,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • 12 x ~2 hours of lecture content delivered weekly online.
  • Face-to face component comprising 8 x 2 hour laboratory classes.
  • Approximately 90 hours of self-study, which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 (or equivalent), and have either completed 24 units of PSYC coded courses or 72 units of tertiary study overall. Incompatible with PSYC2002.

You will need to contact the School of Medicine and Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

White, F., Hayes, B., & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental Psychology: From infancy to adulthood (most recent edition). Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4183 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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