Unit description

Introduces students to the physical, cognitive and social/emotional developmental domains of children and adolescents, and to how these domains influences learning. Theories of child and adolescent development and learning are reviewed and their implications for learning examined.  The effects of learning contexts on children and adolescents are considered.

Unit content

Perspectives on development and learning

Physical development of children and adolescents

Cognitive development of children and adolescents

Social and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents

Neuroscience and learning

Educational theories of child and adolescent learning

The sociocultural context on learning

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

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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