EDUC102-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)

Child and Adolescent Development

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Recording available
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 08:00 - 09:00 Recording available
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Recording available
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Online A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 8 Mar - 14 Mar
22 Mar - 28 Mar
10 May - 16 May
24 May - 30 May
02 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 8 Mar - 14 Mar
22 Mar - 28 Mar
10 May - 16 May
24 May - 30 May
03 Thursday 19:00 - 20:00 8 Mar - 14 Mar
22 Mar - 28 Mar
10 May - 16 May
24 May - 30 May

Timetable Note

Please note: the times listed are the actual time of the lecture; the recording will be available a few hours after the specified lecture time.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Myron Friesen


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 a range of multi-choice questions from the readings, lectures, and tutorials and take place via LEARN, our UC Moodle platform. Due Dates: 8 March, 22 March, 6 April, 10 May, 24 May, 7 June 2021
Academic Essay (Early Draft) 28 Mar 2021 20% 400-word (minimum) draft of our Academic Essay.
Academic Essay (Final) 14 Jun 2021 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

Bergin, Christi Ann Crosby; Child and adolescent development for educators; 1st edition; Cengage, 2018.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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

  • EDUC102-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • EDUC102-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)