EDUC102-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Child and Adolescent Development

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course establishes a foundation in theory, concepts, processes and factual knowledge of infant, child, and adolescent development within the context of family, school, and community. Students will acquire an understanding of the developmental processes that take place within and across physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains, and their associations with developmental outcomes.

"(Child and Adolescent Development) is my favourite course so far. It really hits my interest and I love the course content.” – Student (2018)

How do infants develop into children? How do children develop into adolescents? How do physical, cognitive, social and emotional development overlap? What does development look like from a bicultural perspective? How does development relate to teaching and learning, educational psychology, philosophy, and international policy?

In Child and Adolescent Development, we discuss these questions and more.

It is our goal to support and guide students in ways to be insightful and successful not only in this course but also in their everyday lives and professional development. As part of this course, we encourage students to think critically about their own development as well as the relevance of development to education and other careers involving young people.

“The entire course was very well organised—definitely my favourite paper when it came to peace of mind, as I always knew exactly what we were learning and what was to come.” – Student (2018)

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to describe principal ideas of a developmental approach to understanding infants, children and adolescents.
2. Students will be able to describe the pathways of cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.
3. Students will be able to outline the process of language development from infancy.
4. Students will be able to describe the principal ideas of a range of developmental theories.
5. Students will be able to discuss the impact of health and health- related issues on infant, child and adolescent development.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


TEDU110, EDUC121, TEDU150, TEDU102

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Online A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 2 Mar - 8 Mar
16 Mar - 22 Mar
4 May - 10 May
18 May - 24 May
02 Tuesday 18:00 - 19:00 2 Mar - 8 Mar
16 Mar - 22 Mar
4 May - 10 May
18 May - 24 May
03 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 2 Mar - 8 Mar
16 Mar - 22 Mar
4 May - 10 May
18 May - 24 May
04 Thursday 18:00 - 19:00 2 Mar - 8 Mar
16 Mar - 22 Mar
4 May - 10 May
18 May - 24 May

Course Coordinator

Valerie Sotardi


Myron Friesen , Kerry Vincent and Valerie Sotardi


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Flexi Quizzes 35% Across the semester, students have six opportunities to complete a FlexiQuiz (fortnightly). These quizzes include 15 multi-choice items and take place via LEARN, our UC Moodle platform. Each quiz is worth 7% each, and we keep only the the 5 highest quiz scores.
Academic Essay (Early Draft) 22 Mar 2020 20% 400-word (minimum) draft of our Academic Essay.
Academic Essay (Final) 07 Jun 2020 45% The Academic Essay measures students' knowledge and communication of three developmental dimensions (physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional) and their respective connections to education based on a chosen age/stage (early childhood, middle childhood, or adolescence). The final essay is 2,000 words in length (+/- 10%; excluding full references at the end)

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Santrock, John W; Child development; Fourteenth edition;

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

All EDUC102 Occurrences

  • EDUC102-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • EDUC102-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)