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Developmental Psychology

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

A deep understanding of behavioural psychology requires you to first have a working knowledge of the stages of development. This online unit plots the development stages from infancy right through to adolescence.

This unit is delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Swinburne University, and covers all aspects of our development, from the first stages of cognitive growth and language building in childhood, right through to the introduction of social and moral maturity as interactions increase.

By studying this unit you will learn about the importance of socialisation for all of these processes and examine the formative occurrences that go into the make-up of our identities.

While you gather this knowledge, you will also test out your skills in reviewing the development of subjects. You will be guided through the practices of observation, experimentation and questionnaires and learn to interpret these results in relation to pathology and apply them to statistical reports.

Students should also note that this unit contains adult themes. If you are under 16, you will need to complete a parental consent form, prior to enrolling in this unit.




To be eligible to enrol, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed Psychology 100, Psychology 101 and Foundations of Statistics units; AND
  • Have completed or be enrolled to start Analysis of Variance unit; AND
  • Have not completed Development Psychology as it is considered an academic equivalent

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this developmental psychology unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Theories and methods of developmental psychology
  • Cognitive development
  • Language development
  • Emotional development/ attachment
  • Social development/self/ identity
  • Moral development
  • Personality development
  • Socialisation within the family
  • Socialisation beyond the family
  • Applied issues/developmental psychopathology
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

By completing this unit you will have attained a thorough understanding of the stages of development and be able to apply this knowledge to your work as a psychologist. You will also learn to compile and interpret statistics, and write research reports that are compliant with APA guidelines.

The course will prepare you to:

  • Understand the elements and aims of developmental psychology
  • Understand the techniques used in developmental psychology including observation, questionnaires and experiments
  • Analyse statistical data using SPSS
  • Research, review and critically appraise developmental psychology studies
  • Produce reports that are compliant to the APA's guidelines

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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