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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.203A(DEV)
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: WILLIAMS EI Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 1 only

Assessment Pattern
1) One 1200 word essay [weighted 25%]
2) One examination [weighted 75%]
Module Overview


Successful completion of all Level 1 core APS Psychology modules. All other Level 2 APS Psychology modules are co-requisites.

Module Aims

This course, which presupposes knowledge of the material covered in Developmental Psychology 1, aims to provide in depth coverage of selected topics in the study of children's social, socio-cognitive and cognitive development, as well as topics in Developmental psychopathology.  By the end of the course, students should: have an understanding of the basic issues and theoretical perspectives in the field of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology.  In relation to the specific topics covered students will have an understanding of the main theoretical frameworks used in current research relating to these topics; have a knowledge of the principal empirical findings obtained; and be able to evaluate the theoretical frameworks in relation to the available evidence.

Learning Outcomes
Module Content

- Basic issues and Theoretical perspectives in Developmental Psychology
- Infant perception
- Children's understanding of number
- Devlopment of the self-concept
- Social Cognition
- Language Development
- Another look at Piaget
- Severe deprivation
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and private study

Selected Texts/Journals

Students will primarily be referred to individual journal arcticles pertinent to each lecture but all students should consider buying their own copy of the recommended textbook:-

Smith P., Cowie, H., & Blades, M. (2003). Understanding Children's Development. (4th ed) Oxford: Blackwell.

Students will be expected 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 lectures.

Last Updated

Nov 2010