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PSYC2007 Developmental Psychology

Module Overview

This module will develop your understanding and knowledge of development in childhood and adolescence. We will present historical and current research studies and explain how these link to related theoretical frameworks. The module will explore basic issues in the study of development including social and emotional development, language and cognition. For each area of development, we will explore key changes in infancy, preschool, childhood and adolescence. The main areas of development we explore include; (i) birth and early infancy (early experiences); (ii) social-emotional development (development of emotion understanding and regulation, development in the context of relationships with parents and peers, development of self and gender); and (iii) cognitive development (development of perception, language, cognition, developing minds, intelligence). For this module it is recommended that you have prior knowledge in Psychology, which could be through successful completion of one or more from PSYC1016, PSYC1017 or PSYC1018, or alternatively from completion of an A-Level in Psychology. Pre-requisite for PSYC3057 and PSYC3062

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module is designed to familiarise students with key developmental changes that occur during infancy and preschool through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. We will present historical and current research studies and explain how these link to related theoretical frameworks. The modules' aims are for students to - explore measurements of change. - review change across development - consider the processes that underlie change - carry out independent research in developmental psychology - communicate [psychological] ideas via discussion and written work. - apply psychological knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To consider basic approaches to the study of development and measurement of change. The objective is to enable you to understand methods that allow researchers to measure and understand change in children and adolescents over time
  • To review change across specific areas of development. This aim is relevant to several core topic-based sessions within the module. Its objective is to enable you to identify and describe changes children and adolescents typically progress through in specific areas of child development
  • To consider the processes that underlie change. This is achieved by drawing on different theoretical frameworks and psychological models which are used to characterise change across development.
  • Independently research topics in developmental psychology and critically evaluate papers in this area of research
  • Organize relevant material effectively and write coherently and critically about theoretical and empirical issues in child development

Syllabus

• Understanding and measuring development • Biological basis to development • Perception and Sensory Development • Early emotional development and attachment • Cognitive Development • Language Development • Social Development • Changes in Adolescence • Literacy • Adulthood and Aging

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is delivered across 22 lectures. You also have the opportunity to attend two x 2-hour tutorial session that focuses on the module’s written assignment. 1. Lectures: We deliver lectures in a double session once a week across Weeks 1 to 11 (Week 12 is a reading week). Lecture sessions will include the delivery of core material. They will also utilise key figures and video material to aid understanding. In order to encourage active learning, some sessions will use classroom activities, including student questions and quizzes. We invite a number of guest lecturers. 2. Course material: We currently do not have an assigned textbook for a number of reasons. First, it permits greater flexibility to allow different lecturers with different expertise to choose appropriate sources for their lectures. Second, we want to support students' confidence in navigating the richness of sources available (e.g. textbooks in the library, research articles in journals, online resources, podcasts, etc.). By not providing dedicated texts, we hope to promote students' ability to make independently informed choices to support their learning and arguments and to develop skill in evidence-based research. Third, we want to develop conversation and dialogue about topics in developmental psychology. To this end, we want you to discuss questions with us in sessions and office hours and amongst yourselves. Lecturers may provide suggestions for key readings linked to their topics. 3. Tutorials: There will be two x 2-hour tutorial sessions focused on the module coursework assessment. 4. Other: To aid revision, multiple choice quizzes and in class discussions are held. We also hold a review session at the end of the term.

TypeHours
Teaching26
Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. We currently do not have an assigned textbook for a number of reasons. First, it permits greater flexibility to allow different lecturers with different expertise to choose appropriate sources for their lectures. Second, we want to support students' confidence in navigating the richness of sources available (e.g. textbooks in the library, research articles in journals, online resources, podcasts, etc.). By not providing dedicated texts, we hope to promote students' ability to make independently informed choices to support their learning and arguments and to develop skill in evidence-based research. Third, we want to develop conversation and dialogue about topics in developmental psychology. To this end, we want you to discuss questions with us in sessions and office hours and amongst yourselves. Lecturers may provide suggestions for key readings linked to their topics. We encourage you to read relevant journals which are available through the library. We use the module Blackboard site to make the module handbook available to every student (this contains all the relevant information including the aims and objective of the module, weekly topics, details linked to the module assessment etc.). The Blackboard site also includes lecture PowerPoint slides available for each week. We also use Blackboard for any additional material where relevant.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

You will be assessed through one piece of coursework (1000 word critical analysis), a final 2-hour exam comprising 80 Multiple Choice Questions covering the entire content of the module, and research participation.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Analysis  (1000 words) 38%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%
Research Participation 2%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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