Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1,3Session 1

Unit description

Provides an overview of human development from conception, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Introduces students to the scientific study of cognitive, social and physical development applying to human lifespan development. Biological, social and psychological factors which influence the course of human development are considered.

Unit content

  • The study of human development in general
  • Research methodologies
  • Biological and environmental influences
  • Pre-natal development
  • Cognitive and physical development
  • Emotional and social development
  • Early childhood development
  • Middle-childhood development
  • Development in adolescence
  • Development in adulthood
  • Development in late adulthood
  • Death, dying and bereavement

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • There is also an electronic version of the textbook which is cheaper for students: Hoffnung, M, Hoffnung, RJ, Seifert, KL, Hine, A, Ward, L, Pausé, C, Swabey, K, Yates, K & Burton-Smith, R, 2015, Llfespan Development , 3rd Australasian Edition , Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-730-31470-7.

Session 3

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (10 weeks)
Exam: closed book45%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (10 weeks)
Exam: closed book45%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Exam: closed book45%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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