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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Esther Roodenburg



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit comprises three sections: typical and atypical development of children and adults, counselling, and research methodologies. The developmental section provides students with an advanced understanding of, in particular, the early stages of human development, the fundamental place of relationships and contexts in typical and atypical psychological development, and developmental trajectories across the lifespan. Emphasis is on child--adolescent development and adult facilitation of development and learning in themselves and others (as in parenting, teaching, mentoring and collaboration). The counselling section covers aspects of counselling that are fundamental to facilitating intervention and change. The research section covers contemporary research methodologies relevant for investigation into all areas of educational and developmental psychology.


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

  1. demonstrate evidence-based understanding of human development and developmental processes, throughout the lifespan
  2. demonstrate high-level skills in psycho-educational assessment and treatment approaches for problematic and atypical development
  3. demonstrate understanding and appropriate capacity to use counselling skills requisite for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships needed to facilitate positive adjustment, including trust, role appreciation, self-reflection, compassion and responsiveness
  4. demonstrate an understanding of a range of contemporary research methodologies appropriate for the field of educational and developmental psychology.


Online quizzes (2400 words equivalent, 30%)
Case study (2800 words equivalent, 35%)
Counselling assignment (2800 words equivalent, 35%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year sequence in psychology and enrolment in MEd&DevPsych.