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BESC1061 Developmental Psychology

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: none

Unit Description

This unit provides a comprehensive framework for the consideration of developmental psychology across the lifespan. Throughout this unit students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of developmental psychology for understanding and appreciating their own development, as well as for those people students interact with in their counselling or work-related role. Emphasis throughout this unit is on applying the theory to practical situations and case studies.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Discuss supports and challenges to health and wellbeing at various stages of the life span;

  • Discuss the psychological implications of physical and cognitive changes that occur with maturation and ageing;

  • Identify and critically evaluate attachment and socio-emotional theories of development and apply to case presentations;
  • Identify the major goals and assumptions underpinning the field of developmental psychology;

  • Apply developmental theories to a range of situations and contexts.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.


Recommended Text

The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:


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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.