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ECE303 - Children as Individuals

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

*Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offered in intensive mode

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)*, Warrnambool*

Credit point(s):.75
EFTSL value:0.094
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E420 and E421 only)
Unit chair:B Yim




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies via Cloud (online) but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).


This unit will undertake study of the current understandings of childhood development. It will focus on individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional differences and abilities. It will examine differences created by social structures such as family, class, gender and culture. Approaches to catering for children with delayed development, exceptional ability, emotional or behavioural problems will be provided for critical reflection and discussion. Major theoretical perspectives will be examined.


Two assessments: 60%, 40%

Task 1: Portfolio (individual) (60%)
Students will undertake an examination of their own development from birth to adolescence, tracking the main milestones and identifying the influences that have impacted on that development. This will be supported by reference to theories of child development.

Task 2: A focus study and report (40%)

Students will undertake a small inquiry-based study that will be informed by the current literature, including major theories of child development, and observations in early childhood centres to develop knowledge about individual differences and possible strategies for approaches for learning and teaching.

Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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