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, and apply their theoretical and empirical learnings to raising their own ‘virtual child’.
This course can be taken as an HPO.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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 research in developmental psychology is relevant to understanding the behaviour of children and adolescents in daily life situations.
- Online quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- End of semester exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Lab report (30) [LO 1,4]
- My Virtual Child report (20) [LO 1,3,5]
- HPO assessment: students complete a research-based HPO option in place of the online quizzes (0) [LO 1,5]
In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week plus 8 x 2 hour laboratory classes.
- Approximately 90 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
White, F., Hayes, B. & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental Psychology: from infancy to adulthood (most recent edition). Pearson: Frenchs Forest, NSW
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