EDUC102-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Child and Adolescent Development

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


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.

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.

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 progression of physical, cognitive (including language), social and emotional development.
3. Students will be able to describe the principal ideas of a range of developmental theories.
4. Students will be able to describe how children's development is related to health and educational issues.

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

Course Coordinator

Myron Friesen


Valerie Sotardi


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Flexi Quizzes 30% 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. Various due dates (see Learn course website). 27-30 July; 10-13 August; 24-27 August; 21-24 Sept; 5-8 Oct; 19-22 Oct
Academic Essay (Early Draft) 20 Aug 2023 20% 400-word (minimum) draft of our Academic Essay.
Academic Essay (Final) and Knowledge Matrix 50% The Academic Essay (Final) and Knowledge Matrix assesses students' knowledge of three developmental dimensions (physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional) and their respective connections to educational contexts. The final essay is 2,000 words in length (+/- 10%; excluding full references at the end) First week of exam period (30 Oct - 3 Nov). Specific day/time yet to be determined.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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

  • EDUC102-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • EDUC102-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)