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.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY482. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Humans Services, the Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare), and the Master of Advanced Social Work Practice.

Students may not complete PSY482 and any of PSY452, PSY202, PSY216 and PSY113 in the same award. 

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of an introductory Psychology subject, or equivalent

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; and
  • be able to apply knowledge of developmental psychology to real life situations.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY482 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online test
Report: applying developmental theory
Online final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.