PSY2001 : Developmental Psychology

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bess Price
  • Owning School: Psychology
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To develop a thorough understanding of developmental processes in eight major areas, perception, cognition, language, social cognition, conceptual change, theory of mind, morality, and lifespan development. To appreciate the empirical approach to these areas and develop critical thinking in these topics.

Original Summary:
This course focuses on the development of core cognitive abilities from birth through to childhood, as well as looking at how humans develop throughout their lifespan. The approach taken is cognitive – how does an infant learn about the world, in order to become a functioning adult? What perceptual and memory systems must develop to support our feeling of ourselves as unique, reflective individuals? The course also looks at how individuals develop emotions, and how emotions and morality function to integrate the person into the social group. We will then look at an example of developmental dysfunction, autism, and its possible causes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Research methods and theoretical approaches in child development
Language development
Face perception
Number concept
Object concept
Cognitive development: Information processing and social context
Social cognition
Moral & emotional development
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Theory of Mind
Adolescence, adulthood and ageing

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:0012 Lectures are interactive
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading146:0046:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are used as the principle and most effective mode of imparting the core knowledge of the module. The question and answer sessions are used to impart and discuss knowledge and understanding. The private study is essential for in-depth review of knowledge imparted through lectures

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A100Unseen, essay question 50% & MCQ 50%
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay section of the examination is used to assess knowledge, independent learning and understanding of material; and the ability to integrate this material, to communicate it clearly, and to demonstrate critical thinking and an original approach.
The multiple choice section of the examination is used to assess knowledge, independent learning and understanding of material relevant to the module.

Reading Lists

Timetable

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