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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY1003 Module Title: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 1
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.103 (DEV)
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: BARRETT MD Prof (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Runs once, throughout the academic year

Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment
Weighting towards Module Mark (%)
Essay (1200words)
MCQ (1.5 hours)
Module Overview

The module covers cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional development in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.


All other Level 1 Psychology modules are co-requisites

Module Aims

This module aims to introduce Developmental Psychology as an evidence-based science.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and principal theoretical issues that are involved in the study of developmental phenomena.

Module Content

Semester 1: 

1. Themes and issues in developmental psychology
2. Perceptual development in infancy
3. Cognitive development in infancy
4. Social interaction in infancy
5. Attachment: basic phenomena and theories
6. Attachment: measurement and individual differences
7. Parenting styles and child development
8. Sibling and peer relationships
9. Language development: lexical development
10. Language development: syntactic development

Semester 2: 

11. Cognitive development in childhood: Piaget’s account
12. Cognitive development in childhood: problems with Piaget’s account
13. Cognitive development in childhood: the information-processing approach
14. Cognitive development in childhood: the development of memory
15. Cognitive development in childhood: children’s theory of mind
16. Cognitive development in adolescence
17. Social development in adolescence
18. Cognitive development in midlife and old age
19. Social development in midlife and old age
20. Exam preparation and revision strategies 

Lectures will be based on material in the recommended textbook coupled with more in-depth analysis of particular topics.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures, tutorials, independent student reading. Students will be expected to engage in independent reading, using the above textbook as well as other books and journals, to extend their knowledge of the core material covered in the lectures.

Selected Texts/Journals

All students should consider buying their own copy of the recommended textbook (which will also be useful to students on the second year course in Development Psychology).
Smith, P., Cowie, H., & Blades, M. (2003) Understanding Children’s Development (4th ed) Oxford : Blackwell 

In addition, the following textbook will be used extensively on the course and students would benefit from purchasing a copy of this book as well:

Slater, A. & Bremner, G. (Eds.) (2003). An Introduction to Developmental Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Last Updated

25th March 2009