module specification

PC4103 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
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
Coursework 40%   Short answer questions x 10. Word count for each is 150 - 200 words
Practical Examination 60%   Online multiple choice questions (with a 30 minute window available at any time during a given 24 hour period).
Running in 2020/21

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Module summary

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. LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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. (2013). Psychology (5th 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.

Shaffer, D.R. & Kipp, K. (2013). Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (9th edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage. [This book is available online via the library’s electronic catalogue]