• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.

Other Information

Important information for 2023 delivery:

  • This course will be offered for the last time in 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

Incompatibility with PSYC3202: Note that although this course is incompatible with PSYC3202, 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 (24) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Lab exercises (16) [LO 1,4]
  3. Lab report (20) [LO 1,4]
  4. End of semester exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  5. HPO assessment: students complete a research-based HPO option in place of the online quizzes (0) [LO 1,5]

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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 which may consist of 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 successfully completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004. These requisite courses will only be waived for students who can provide documentation that shows they have completed an equivalent course at another institution. Incompatible with PSYC3202.

Prescribed Texts

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


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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