PSY482 Psychology of Human Development (8)


This subject examines human development across the entire life-span. Descriptions, explanations, and predictions of developmental stages and changes are covered through an investigation of major theories and research findings. Practical implications and applications of this material are also considered, along with some topical current issues.

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Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of an introductory Psychology subject, or equivalent

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Humans Services and the Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare) . Students may not complete PSY482 and any of PSY452, PSY202, PSY216 and PSY113 in the same award. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with research methods and analyses of data commonly used in the study of developmental psychology
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding that human development across the life-span results from an interaction of changes in biological, cognitive, and social processes
  • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with major theories of developmental psychology
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of key research findings within developmental psychology
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to evaluate critically theories and research findings in developmental psychology
  • be able to apply knowledge of developmental psychology to real life situations


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of the study of human development, including historical changes
  • Research methods applicable to the study of life-span development
  • Overview of major theories of psychological development
  • The influence on human development of genetics, heredity, and the environment
  • Major aspects of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 12 August 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.