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PSYC2007 Developmental Psychology

Module Overview

This module will develop your understanding and knowledge of development in childhood and adolescence. It will present theory and research in three main areas of child development including: (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). Pre-requisite for PSYC3057 and PSYC3062

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module has several aims that focus on the development of subject specific knowledge and skills, as well as transferrable skills and graduate attributes.

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
  • Building on the second aim, we highlight how developmental psychologists have interpreted change to identify underlying process. The objective is to facilitate your understanding of different theoretical perspectives and models developmental psychologists use to understand change.
  • Use examples from across the module to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical frameworks and empirical research in psychology to outline how researchers investigate and interpret development in children and adolescents
  • 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


• 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. 2. Course material: We typically recommend a key textbook. Weekly readings are linked to the core text and this reading is supplemented by further key readings when necessary. You can find multiple copies of the core textbook and key readings in the reserve section of the library and via the module Blackboard site. 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. In addition, core texts typically offer online materials to consolidate the teaching and learning process.

Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. Each year we use one recommended module text book (to be confirmed for 2017/ 2018) and we use this text to outline core weekly readings. In addition, we provide you with an extensive reading list which includes alternative text books, and subject-specific text books that are all available in the library. We encourage you to read relevant journals and are provided with a list of relevant journals which are available through the library. (As part of this agenda the module assessment asks you to write a critical review of one of two key papers) We use the module Blackboard site to make the module handbook available to every student (this outlines the aims and objective of the module, weekly topics, associated reading, details linked to the module assessment etc.). The Blackboard site also includes lecture PowerPoint slides available for each week. In addition, we make key readings, and additional material, available on this site, wherever possible


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.


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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