Developmental Psychology

PSY70015 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Swinburne Online: Fully online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22


Concurrent Pre-requisite - can be completed before or at the same time

Aims and objectives

Students will gain familiarity with the main theories of human development and the processes, periods, and issues in development. The unit will address topics in relation to the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development of individuals from infancy to adulthood. Students will be given the opportunity to develop professionally relevant skills and experience in applying statistical knowledge to answer research questions relevant to developmental psychology. This unit will help students develop their understanding of key theories and research methods in developmental psychology, and adapt skills learned in previous studies to the analysis and communication of contemporary problems in the area.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast the main theories of human development.
2. Evaluate how research on the lifespan is conducted using different research designs and methods.
3. Identify and analyse the most important processes, periods and issues in development across the lifespan.
4. Describe biological, cognitive and socioemotional development in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
5. Apply statistical knowledge to a human development-related research question and communicate this in a clear and concise manner.

Courses with unit

Graduate Diploma of Psychology