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:
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
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Developmental Psychology from Swinburne University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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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.
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Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
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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