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ZUG1102 - Child and Youth Development

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • First Semester 2019 (Day)

15 Credits


The module aims to equip the student to promote the optimum development of children and adolescents with both normal and special needs, thereby ensuring that they are able to be effective within all the contexts in which they function. Understanding of developmental stages and domains forms the foundational knowledge of the module together with strategies for addressing developmental delays and increasing conditions for learning.


  • Name and describe the development stages from infancy through adolescence
  • Critically discuss the nature and importance of each development domain
  • Describe major theories that explain childhood development
  • Describe the necessity and nature of play
  • Determine the criteria for school readiness of children
  • Discuss the different types of intelligence and approaches of learning
  • Explain the influence of socialisation with reference to the role of parenting & culture


Within semester/Formative assessment: 70%
Examination/Summative assessment: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.