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Module

PSY3027 : Disorders of Development: A Psychological Perspective

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen St Clair-Thompson
  • Lecturer: Dr Cristina Dye, Professor Jacqueline Rodgers
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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 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.
- Improve understanding of not only atypical developmental processes but also typical pathways of development.
- Enable students to compare and contrast the psychological profiles of individuals with different disorders of development.
- Utilise a variety of teaching methods, including encouraging interaction and discussion during lectures

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will cover a broad range of topics / disorders of development throughout the module. For example studies of cognition, behaviour and psychopathology of autsim spectrum disorder and related development disorders will be a key focus of the module.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Non-synchronous online: interactive sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparation and completion of exam and formative practice
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation and completion of assignment 1 (critical evaluation essay)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Reading papers on Canvas and completing formative quizzes for each topic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00PIP: focus on assessment (1 for critical evaluation, 1 for exam essay writing)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study178:0078:00Revising and exploring lecture notes and readings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00Sync online: module introduction followed by 3 revision sessions to discuss key topics
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will introduce core concepts for the study of disorders of development. Throughout the module students will gain an insight into the diverse nature of disorders of development that will allow them to think critically about the possible differences between a-typically developing populations. Lecture materials will be supported by structured reading activities and formative quizzes on Canvas.

Private and self study is encouraged to think critically about published research exploring cognition and behavioural phenotypes associated with disorders of development.

Synchronous sessions will be used to introduce and set expectations for the module, and to monitor students learning and allow an opportunity for questions and discussion. Present in person sessions will be offered to students to allow discussions and formative feedback on assessment 1 and to allow discussions about essay writing for the exam, but online alternatives will also be offered in case students are not able to attend.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75Unseen online 24 hour take hour examination (complete 2 essay questions out of 5 - 1000 words each)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M25Critical Evaluation Essay (3 x 500 word short essay answers critiquing a key paper in the area)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written Examination:

The unseen examination will show if students have managed to extract and combine the relevant information presented across various lectures in order to formulate a coherent ‘story’ or ‘argument’. The questions are designed so that a satisfactory answer cannot be achieved by focusing on only one disorder of development, but they require the student to pull together / compare / contract aspects of different disorders of development.

Coursework Essay::

Students will complete a critical assessment of a published paper. The critical assessment coursework essay will allow students the opportunity to illustrate how they have mastered the main methodological challenges arising in this field of investigation. Three questions will be asked and students will be required to evaluate aspects of the i) introduction / rationale, ii) method / design and iii) results / conclusions. Each answer must be a maximum of 500 words (the full written exercise will be a maximum of 1500 words).


These methods of assessment (an exam plus coursework essay) support student learning by encouraging wider reading / critical analysis skills and assimilation of arguments based on theory and evidence.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable