PC5006A - Developmental Psychology (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Developmental Psychology|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2017/18||
In developmental psychology students learn how both cognition and social behaviours change throughout the lifespan, including examples of atypical development and applied aspects of developmental psychology. Students are exposed to classic and modern theories, and to research that relates to these theories.
Prior learning requirements
Any introductory psychology module
The aim of this module is to
- Develop students’ systematic understanding of theories in developmental psychology throughout the lifespan.
- Facilitate students’ ability to think critically about these theories, especially in the context of empirical evidence.
- Develop students’ skills to critically evaluate and accurately communicate the relevant information.
Topics will be drawn from: Life-span development (Speed, Memory, Personality, etc.), Developmental Theories including new theories such as Dynamic Systems Theory and Neural Network Learning, Development of Reasoning and Executive Function
Learning and teaching
Students will gain core knowledge and understanding of the topics through lectures, but deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through directed study of recommended reading material, seminars, and online resources.
On successful completion of this module, students will:
- possess systematic in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of a range of core topic areas and related research in developmental psychology;
- have comprehensive knowledge and critical awareness of a range of different research methods used in developmental psychology;
- be able to summarise and evaluate critically theoretical developments in developmental psychology in the light of empirical evidence.
The breadth of developmental psychology is assessed via multiple choice questions [MCQ] and depth of a specific area of life-span developmental psychology via a 1500 word essay.
|Component||Percentage of Marks||Learning outcomes|
|Essay (max 1500 words)||50||1,2,3|
Erber, J. T. (2005). Aging and Older Adulthood. 2nd edition. [CORE ]
Bjorklund, D. F. (2012). Children’s Thinking. 5th edition[CORE]
Croker, S. (2012). The Development of Cognition. 1st edition