Required and recommended texts
Peterson, C. (2015). Looking forward through the lifespan. Developmental psychology: Birth to middle childhood. (Custom edition). Sydney: Pearson.
Note: It is also fine to use the 6th edition of Peterson (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan. Developmental psychology. Sydney: Pearson. Please do not buy another textbook if you already have this version.
Highly Recommended Text:
The following text is not essential but is useful for the first Module covered in the unit and for the first assessment task. It is available as an e-book from the University library.
Crain, W. (2010). Theories of child development: Concepts and applications (6th ed.). London: Routledge.
Other Required Readings:
Some topics have readings from sources other that your texts. Details of these are available on iLearn and can be accessed via the University library.
The unit comprises weekly lectures and associated online tasks. All lecture content in this unit is pre-recorded and available in the relevant section for each topic. Students studying online will complete weekly tasks associated with each topic. These are embedded within each topic 'book'. Discussion forums are provided for students discuss issues and questions arising from the lectures, tasks and prescribed readings. Students are expected to base their arguments/discussions on evidence from published research and other relevant material. Students are required to participate in group activities and discussion, to read the weekly material in advance, and to complete brief tasks. Information about the weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation is available on the following pages and on the unit iLearn site. Online sessions conducted via Zoom may be held at various times during the semester.
Information about the unit iLearn site
This unit has a full web presence through iLearn.
Students will need regular access to a computer and the internet to complete this unit.
Weekly access to iLearn is compulsory for all students. Important assessment information will be posted there, as will other relevant unit notices and materials, including a reading template and guide to lecture note taking to assist your studies.
Various activities and materials for discussion and critical reflection are included and external students especially are encouraged to use this web component. Electronic links and suggested references will be included in the Resources section. Please check the iLearn unit regularly.
Access and technical assistance
Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/. You will need to enter your student username and password.
Please do NOT contact the Unit Convenor regarding iLearn technical help.
No extensions will be given for any technical issues. Allow enough time for your submissions.
Assistance is available from IT Helpdesk ph: 1800 67 4357, or log a request at help.mq.edu.au. OneHelp is the online IT support service for both students and staff.
This unit requires students to use several ICT and software skills:
- Internet access: The iLearn site contains materials for this unit; it is also required for the online submission of all Assessment Tasks, and for the use of Turnitin submission for ALL tasks.
- Word processing, visual representations, and document formatting: You are required to use an appropriate form of software to present your assignments.
- Uploading of assessment tasks to iLearn.
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