Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology

Course code 73323

Educators, parents and counsellors, among others, need to be able to describe, understand, explain and predict human development, based on theories of and research into child and adolescent development.

On completing this course, students should be able to answer the three fundamental questions:

• Who is this person?
• How did they get to be this way?
• How are they likely to develop from this point on?

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Exam details
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 10 Jun 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    
    • 20 Credits or more at Level 6 and Above in Psychology.

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

On completing this course, students should be able to

  • Critically evaluate theories of human development, as a means of determining how major theories aid understanding of child and adolescent development.
  • Critically evaluate research into child and adolescent development.
  • Identify and explain developmental processes and discuss how biological, psychological and environmental factors impact on child and adolescent development.
  • Make predictions about child and adolescent development based on their own analysis of case studies and theoretical explanations.

Set texts

There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.


70% In-course

30% Examination.

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.