PSY2001 : Developmental Psychology
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Bess Price
- Owning School: Psychology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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.
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
Cognitive development: Information processing and social context
Moral & emotional development
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Theory of Mind
Adolescence, adulthood and ageing
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||12 Lectures are interactive|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||46:00||46:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||30:00||30:00||N/A|
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
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||90||1||A||100||Unseen, 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.
FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.
The form of assessment will not vary from the original.