Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
The following text is essential for this unit.
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.
In the Macquarie School of Education, students are required to use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing procedures.
The library provides a range of resources and referencing information:
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 here, as will other relevant unit notices and materials.
Various activities and materials for discussion and critical reflection are included as a core component of this unit. Electronic links and suggested references will be included in the Resources section. Please check the iLearn unit regularly.
The unit comprises two one-hour lectures weekly and a two-hour weekly tutorial ( ot 2 full-day sessions for external students). In the tutorial students will discuss issues and questions arising from the lectures and prescribed readings. They are expected to base their arguments/discussions on evidence from published research and other relevant material. Students are required to participate in small group activities and whole class discussion, to read the weekly material in advance, and to complete brief tasks either as individuals or in pairs. The weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation is available on the following pages or on the unit iLearn site.
Lectures - Weekly lectures are available on the web through the ECHO360 lecture component in iLearn from the following website link: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. You must listen to all lectures weekly BEFORE the associated tutorial.
PowerPoint slides are available in iLearn in advance of the weekly lecture and/or are available in the Active Learning Tool.
All lectures are pre-recorded and will be available each week no later than Wednesday morning (as per timetable) to enable students to listen to them prior to tutorials which are also timetabled on Wednesday and Thursday each week.
Tutorials will be delivered either online or face to face (depending on COVID-19 social distancing restrictions) during the timetabled tutorial times. These tutorials are supported by pre-recorded online lectures, readings and reflection tasks. Students will be informed of the tutorial delivery mode via iLearn.
Attendance at all tutorials (whether online or face-to-face) is expected. There will be a supporting iLearn website for the unit providing additional readings, links and materials.
All online tutorials for internal students begin in Week 1 of Session. There is a unit workbook provided which outlines weekly tutorial tasks which will be completed as either online discussion tasks or during online tutorials.
Activities completed during weekly online tutorials (internal) or online sessions for external students are essential for building the core knowledge and/or skills required to demonstrate the learning outcomes of this unit [and to meet the AITSL Graduate Teacher Standards and/or ACECQA requirements.
Internal Students: Content is delivered via tutorials which take place from week 1 to 12 (inclusive) of the session. Tutorials are delivered during the weekly timetabled tutorial times on Thursdays (either by Zoom or face-to-face depending on COVID-19 social distancing restrictions). Online tutorials are delivered via Zoom, and students will be provided with the online tutorial link via the relevant weekly section on iLearn.
External Students: Two sessions are scheduled on the 13th and 14th September. Details of start times and duration and format (Zoom or face-to-face depending on COVID-19 social distancing restrictions) will be provided on iLearn.
Attendance at all tutorials is expected and the roll will be taken. Students are required to attend the tutorial in which they are registered. Any changes to tutorial registration must be completed officially through e-student. Please do not contact the unit convenor requesting a change.
In a 10 credit-point unit you should expect to commit nine (9) hours of your time per week to your studies.
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 online tutorials (using Zoom), discussion forums for tutorial tasks, the online completion 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.
- Library databases: You are required to use various research databases to locate sources for your assignment.