• 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
    • AsPr Amy Dawel
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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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 with a teamwork component.

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, with an emphasis on individual and cultural universalities and differences.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to apply research in developmental psychology to real-world questions and scenarios. 
  4. Contribute effectively to a major team-based project through active participation, cultural sensitivity, and respectful peer-to-peer learning and feedback.

Other Information

Important information for 2024 delivery:

  • Students admitted to their program in 2023 or thereafter who seek to complete the accredited pathway of PSYC courses must complete this course.
  • Students admitted to their program prior to 2023 who seek to complete the accredited pathway of PSYC courses must complete this course if they have not already completed PSYC2002.
  • Students who have already completed PSYC2002 are not eligible for this course (i.e., PSYC3202 is incompatible with PSYC2002).
  • For enrolment advice about this course please contact 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.

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) required competencies:

As part of the mandatory requirements from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), students must demonstrate the specific competencies listed in the learning outcomes for this course. For example, group tasks assess the required demonstration of teamwork skills. Some students may be eligible to have recommended reasonable adjustments applied to materials, activities or assessment tasks provided the integrity of the course, and the competencies being assessed, are maintained.


For more information, please contact the Course Convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online quizzes (12) [LO 1,2]
  2. In-lab exercises (18) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Major written 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]

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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-directed 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, and have either completed 24 units of PSYC coded courses or 72 units of tertiary study overall. Incompatible with PSYC2002.

Prescribed Texts

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

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of PSYC2009 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.


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
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3599 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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