Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sandra Radovini


A developmental perspective on the evolution of human behaviour through the lifecycle. Developmental issues such as continuities and discontinuities between childhood and adulthood in health and psychopathology; the extent to which normality merges with pathology; facilitating and inhibiting factors influencing transitions between developmental phases; age-appropriate, accelerated and delayed development; the effect of individual differences on developmental processes; and the clinical applications of these principles to psychiatric conditions in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe key developmental life stages through childhood and adolescence;
  2. to describe key developmental psychological, social and biological factors involved in normal and abnormal development through childhood and adolescence;
  3. to describe key developmental psychological, social and biological factors involved in the onset, progression, natural history and treatment options in specific common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders;
  4. to describe key continuities and discontinuities between adult and child and adolescent psychiatric practice;
  5. to outline and discuss the developmental context within which the bio-psycho-social approach is used for the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent psychiatry disorders;
  6. to describe the influences of chronic illness, impairment, disability and handicap on development at an individual, interpersonal, family and social level.


Oral Presentation (50%)
Essay 2000 words (50%)
Hurdle requirement: 75% attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sandra Radovini

Contact hours

Approximately 3.5 hours of lectures per week