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Human Development (9875.3)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

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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This unit introduces students to theories and research related to human development across the lifespan comprising physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. The unit explores how learning and behaviour is explained by development, how the study of human development is interdisciplinary and how development is interrelated and dynamic.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Evaluate and critique developmental theories and research that emerges from those theories;

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

3. Present knowledge and ideas about human development effectively and communicate within and across professional boundaries.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

2 x 1.5 hours per week workshops and 3 x hours per week reading and online. 8 x hours per week Human Development Symposium Preparation.


This unit is only available to students in an Education degree. Other students may seek permission from the Unit Convener to enrol.



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