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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Louise McLean



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit examines theoretical and practical implications of contemporary issues in developmental psychology and wellbeing across the lifespan. It is based on the premise that wellbeing is determined by interrelationships between psychosocial factors and development. The focus on current issues and practical applications span a broad spectrum within the developmental psychology and wellbeing fields. Topics may include biological, perceptual, cognitive, personality, social and emotional factors.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and practical implications of issues in developmental psychology and wellbeing
  2. demonstrate the skills necessary to critically appraise the current developmental and wellbeing literature and theories
  3. appreciate the value of informed group discussion in evaluating psychological research and ideas
  4. demonstrate well developed oral and written communication skills.


Critical article review and presentation (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Essay related to discussion paper topic (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hour lecture per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited major sequence in psychology.