EDUC 742 : Developmental Psychology

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An advanced examination of theory and research in selected topics in child development.

Course Overview

This course will include a mix of lectures and discussion of readings on selected topics in child development. Students are expected to take an active, ongoing role in preparing for and contributing to discussions. Guidance will be provided about readings in preparation for the following week’s class discussions.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: Master of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Examine and critique theoretical perspectives regarding child development, and parenting and family psychology (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 4.1 and 5.1)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of research design and measurement in child development, and parenting and family psychology. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 4.1 and 5.1)
  3. Be able to critically review and synthesize selected literature in the field of child development, and parenting and family psychology. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 4.1 and 5.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Research Proposal 50% Individual Coursework
Article Critique 1 10% Individual Coursework
Article Critique 2 10% Individual Coursework
Article Critique 3 10% Individual Coursework
Research presentation 10% Individual Coursework
Article Critique 4 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Research Proposal
Article Critique 1
Article Critique 2
Article Critique 3
Research presentation
Article Critique 4

Students must achieve at least 50% for the course

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30-point course. On average, students are expected to spend 20 hours per week in each 30-point course that they are enrolled in.

A typical semester totals approximately 14 weeks. This means that for this course you should expect to commit 36 hours to direct contact via on-campus lectures/workshops/tutorials.

You can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 240-260 hours to independent learning. This may include reading, note-taking, face-to-face and/or online discussion, writing, reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment, and test preparation and completion.

Delivery Mode

The course will involve both on-campus and online delivery modes.  On-campus delivery will occur in two three-hour sessions.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Required and recommended readings from book chapters and journal articles, which are made available in Canvas.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

More detailed assessment guidelines and more opportunities to discuss course content will be offered.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.