Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health


Dr Jennifer Re




This unit will explore the history, theory and principles of Developmental Observation and its relevance to clinical and consultative work with children and adolescents. There will be a consideration of the nature of the links between observation and the developmental theories. Students will be able to explore these areas both through the context of the course work and prescribed observations of children in their naturalistic settings.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate the relevance of observation skills to the understanding of children and adolescents in both therapeutic and consultative work;
  2. analyse the nature of links between observation and the developmental theories;
  3. monitor and evaluate their own responses to what is observed and critically apply these in their work;
  4. critically evaluate their observations in discussion and in written assignments; and
  5. integrate Developmental Observation theory, history and principles with observation experiences and their clinical work, demonstrating these processes in accounts of their own learning.


Written assignment 1 (20%)
Written assignment 2 (20%)
Essay (40%)
On-campus workshop / Alternative assessment (20%)

All assessments must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study