PSYC13019 - Developmental Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides an advanced study of developmental psychology across the lifespan. On successful completion, the student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary theories of human development and current directions in research within the major developmental domains (cognitive and language, personality and social-emotional, physical/motor and perceptual development, and ecological, biological and systems perspectives). The coursework is designed to facilitate a critical and applied understanding of theory and research in developmental psychology and prepare students for post-graduate studies and professional practice.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Minimum of 30 credit points in Level 2 Psych units for CU77, 24 credit points for CA10, CQ27 & CF59.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2023

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Source: This course will not be offerred in 2014, and will likely change it's scope and focus when offered again.
This course will not be offerred in 2014, and will likely change it's scope and focus when offered again.
This course will not be offerred in 2014, and will likely change it's scope and focus when offered again.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. understand the importance of integrating theory, research, and application in the study of human development
  2. be knowledgeable about the important research areas within the field
  3. evaluate and critique research literature in the field
  4. demonstrate familiarity with the research process in developmental research
  5. apply some basic skills in developmental research to explore particular areas of human development with enhanced confidence and competence

As an advanced level unit, Developmental Psychology (Psyc 13019) focuses more on developmental research, and a topical approach is adopted.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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