Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


Students explore theories and evidence to develop a framework by which to understand student's learning and their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Components of the unit are differentiated to allow students to apply their learning to secondary levels.

6 points

Students are able to (1) examine and analyse key evidence, concepts and theories in child development (physical, emotional, social and intellectual) from adolescence to young adulthood; (2) develop and use resources for teaching and learning, including ICTs and other educational technologies; (3) explain the strengths and needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities and how a teacher would apply that information to teaching and learning; (4) explain theories related to child development and pedagogy, as well as teaching and learning practices, and assess how theory and practice can be applied to particular school contexts; (5) explain the role of major figures in the field of education and assess their impact on current theory and practice; and (6) examine and apply the interpersonal skills of assertive communication, conflict resolution and negotiation skills with students and colleagues.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical reflection; (2) case study; and (3) workshop presentation and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the critical reflection, case study, and workshop presentation and participation components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jan Dook
Contact hours
total workload: 150 hours
contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.

See unit outline.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.