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PSYC2007 Developmental Psychology

Module Overview

This module will develop your understanding and knowledge of development across childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 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 development including infancy, preschool, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The main areas of development we explore include; (i) birth and early infancy (e.g., early perception and learning, early experiences); (ii) social-emotional development (e.g., development of emotion recognition and expression, understanding and regulation of emotion, 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 PSYC3053, PSYC3057, PSYC3069

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • psychological developmental across the life span in social, emotional, cognitive and language domains.
  • different methods developmental psychologists use to study change
  • different theoretical frameworks and conceptual models which psychologists use to characterise change across development and use to consider processes and mechanisms which explain change across development.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • independently research topics in developmental psychology
  • critically evaluate research papers in this area
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • organize relevant material to effectively write coherently and critically about theoretical and empirical issues in developmental psychology
  • apply learning to other areas of psychology and related disciplines and to relevant career pathways


• Understanding and measuring development • Prenatal and early infancy development & Biological basis to development • Perception and Sensory Development • Emotional development • Cognitive Development • Language Development • Social Development with parents, family and peers/friends • 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. 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. Tutorials: There will be two x 2-hour tutorial sessions focused on the module coursework assessment. 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.

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.



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 53%
Critical Analysis  (1000 words) 45%
Research Participation 2%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre requisite: PSYC1016

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