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Human Development and Learning (9874.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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  • Semester 2, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (195898) - View
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  • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (182667) - View
  • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (165995) - View
  • Winter Term, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (166225) - View
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  • Winter Term, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (162242) - View

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This unit introduces students to theories and research related to human development and human learning across the lifespan comprising physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. The unit explores how: learning and behaviour is explained by development; the study of human development is interdisciplinary; development is interrelated and dynamic; humans learn and process information; traditional and contemporary learning theories can be applied to instructional practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe key aspects of physical, social, emotional and cognitive development through the life span;

2. Describe distinctive features of various learning theories including behaviourism, cognitivism, social cognitivism and schema theory;

3. Describe theories that explain how humans process information; and

4. Apply learning theory and research to instructional practice.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

1 hour lecture per week, plus 2 hour Tutorial per week (and online requirements).




Enrolment in an Education course or permission from the Program Director.

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