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EDE2201 Development and Learning: Birth - 8

Semester 2, 2011 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Louise Phillips
Moderator: Leisa Holzheimer


If educators are to successfully facilitate and optimise children's learning during early childhood, it is essential that they possess knowledge and understanding of the major theories, features and processes of language, social, emotional, cognitive and motor development. Young children experience different and inter-related contexts, which vary across the course of development. Knowledge about children's development is rapidly evolving through research that takes into account the social-cultural context in which development occurs. This course is underpinned by socio-cultural theory that accounts for the ecological mechanisms of development and learning. As a foundation to quality educational practice, educators also require the skills to observe and analyse young children's language, social, emotional, cognitive and motor development in a range of contexts.


This course examines the major theories, features and processes of language, social, emotional, cognitive and motor development during early childhood from the prenatal period to eight years of age. Knowledge of contexts, their impact on individual development, and an awareness of the interrelationships between each area of development is necessary in order to develop an understanding of how children think and learn. This course also explores a range of observational and documentation techniques that are used by educators to understand and analyse young children's development as the basis for planning and organising appropriate educational opportunities in early childhood. Access to a child aged from birth to eight is required to complete the assessment for this course.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. understand and discuss knowledge concerning the major features and processes of child development during early childhood (prenatal to eight years) including cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. (Portfolio and quizzes)
  2. identify and discuss factors which influence the behaviour, development and learning of children during early childhood. (Portfolio and quizzes)
  3. demonstrate skills in using a range of observational techniques and analysis of observational information about children's development. (Portfolio and quizzes)
  4. analyse information and observational recordings about young children's development and learning with reference to current theory and research, and use these analyses as the basis for planning appropriate learning experiences. (Portfolio and quizzes)
  5. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing. (All assignments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theory and research in child development 10.00
2. Foundations of development 20.00
3. Infancy and Toddlerhood 20.00
4. Early Childhood: Two to Eight Years 20.00
5. Techniques and Skills for researching with young children 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Ahola, D & Kovacik, A 2007, Observing and understanding child development: a child study manual, 1st edn, Thomson Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, NY.
  • Berk, LE 2012, Infants and children: prenatal through middle childhood, 7th edn, Pearson Education, Boston.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
CHILD PORTFOLIO 50 50 21 Oct 2011 1,2,3,4,5 U1,U2,U3,U4,U5,U7,U8 2,2,2,2,2,2,2
QUIZZES 50 50 28 Oct 2011 1,2,4,5 U2,U3,U4,U8 2,2,2,2, (see note 1)

  1. Quizzes are to be completed weekly - 28th October (midnight) signals closing of access to complete quizzes.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Intermediate (Level 2)
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)
Interpersonal skills (U5)Intermediate (Level 2)
Cultural literacy (U7)Intermediate (Level 2)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ON-CAMPUS MODE: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. WEB MODE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: //
    • If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.