module specification

PC4103 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 100
70 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 40%   Short-answer questions
In-Course Test 60%   Multiple-choice questions
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester LMET Distance Learning - Not applicable

Module summary

This module focuses on the history of ideas in developmental theory, research methods used by developmentalists, early perceptual development, cognition, language, development of the self (including gender development & play), and social and cultural influences on development.

Module aims

The module aims to provide introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in developmental psychology, including: theories and ideas in developmental psychology; research methods in developmental psychology; cognitive development; gender role development; peer relationships; object understanding in infancy; attachment and language development.


The syllabus will be drawn from the topics such as: history of ideas in developmental theory; research methods; peer relationships; gender role development; emotional development; cognitive development; attachment; language development.

Learning and teaching

Lecturer-provided materials will be placed online. These will include lecture slides with accompanying audio, self-test materials, and – where available – online readings.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

1. describe a range of developmental topics and related empirical studies covering cognitive, social, and cultural aspects of development;
2. describe methodological approaches and procedures used by developmental psychologists, and explain their pros and cons;
3. describe a range of theoretical approaches used in developmental psychology and explain how these might be evaluated  by means of empirical studies.

Assessment strategy

Formative feedback will be available in the form of: (a) comments on mid-term short-answer questions, and (b) automated responses to non-summative multiple-choice questions.


Martin, G.N., Carlson, M.R., & Buskist, W. (2011). Psychology (fourth edition). London: Pearson. [This book is available online via the library’s electronic catalogue]

Davey, G. (Ed.) (2008). Complete Psychology (second edition). Oxford: Hodder Education.