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PSY8044 : Advanced Topics in Disorders of Development

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to provide an advanced understanding of the way that typical development may be disrupted by disorders of development, focusing on the origins of these disorders (e.g. genetic or non-genetic basis), and the way they can affect psychological functioning (e.g. cognition and behaviour).
This module therefore aims to:

- Enable students to understand some key developmental disorders that can disrupt typical development and their impact upon psychological functioning.
- Introduce students to the main methods used in the psychological study of disorders of development, and the main methods used for assessing and diagnosing these disorders.
- Enable students to compare and contrast the psychological profiles of individuals with different disorders of development.

• Availability: Every Year
•       Availability: Every Year

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will cover a broad range of topics; including assessment, diagnosis, and psychological profiles of developmental disorders, and also cover a range of disorders of development, for example autism spectrum disorders and related disorders of development.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion146:0046:00Preparation and completion of assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00Reading and researching material to prepare for lecture sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study190:0090:00Revising and exploring lecture notes
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching session is a one 2-hour lecture slot per teaching week. Students will be expected to engage in directed research and reading in advance of lecture sessions, for example to prepare for interactive activities within the lectures. Lectures will then cover core concepts and also advanced topics in the study of disorders of development.. Following the lectures students will be expected to engage in independent study to think critically about the topics. They will then need to spend time preparing for and completing the two assessments.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M75Coursework essay, 4,000 words
Design/Creative proj2M25Students will work in a group to produce a video about assessment methods for a disorder of development
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

There will be 2 forms of assessment for this 20 credit module. 25% of the overall grade for this module will come from a 10 minute group video, focusing on the more practitioner based module aim (methods of assessment and diagnosis). Working in a group students will be expected to research assessment methods, find relevant examples, and create a video. Students will be involved in the development of detailed marking criteria for this assessment.

75% of the overall grade for this module will come from completion of a 4,000 word essay. This essay title will be given mid-module and the work will be submitted in approximately week 11 of the module after the students have completed the video (deadline to be discussed alongside consideration of the rest of the modules and assessed work deadlines). The essay will cover an aspect / several aspects of neuro-developmental disorders from clinical and psychopathological perspectives, using evidence from one or more of the core neuro-developmental disorders addressed in the lectures.

These methods of assessment support student learning by encouraging wider reading / critical analysis skills and assimilation of arguments based on theory and evidence.

Reading Lists

Timetable