• Offered by Research School of 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 2020
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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, 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.

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. End of semester exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Lab report (30) [LO 1,4]
  4. My Virtual Child report (20) [LO 1,3,5]
  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: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Workload

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.

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.

Prescribed Texts

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

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Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
3892 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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