module specification

PC4053 - Child Development and Behaviour (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Child Development and Behaviour
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   MCT
Coursework 50%   Essay (1500 words)
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Summer studies North Friday Morning
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module aims to introduce students to some of the most influential theories in developmental psychology. Students will be introduced to some classic research that will help them to evaluate theories of development and their empirical basis. There will be the opportunity to examine and discuss existing developmental research in its historical and cultural context. The module also aims to provide students with the qualities and transferrable skills necessary for employment, including: written communication skills, digital literacy skills, the ability to contribute to discussions, independent study, time keeping, summation, evaluation skills, an understanding of the scientific method, and consideration of the ethical issues underlying research. The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for Higher Education qualifications.


The syllabus will be drawn from the broad areas of developmental psychology: e.g. development of the self (including gender development and attachment); social and cultural influences on development; and cognitive development.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 -3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through a variety of teaching and learning methods. A combination of group and individual activities will take place within a framework of lectures, seminars and workshops. Supplementary guided learning via weblearn and directions for self-managed private study will be provided where appropriate. For PDP development, students will be exposed to the impact of developmental psychology and how it is applied across different contexts.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Understand and explain key theories of developmental psychology in their historical and cultural context.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of how developmental psychology has been investigated, the dominant theories and classic research studies, and how these can be applied to real world situations within an ethical context.
3. Present an account of psychological concepts and arguments based on empirical evidence.

Assessment strategy

A multiple-choice test will assess the breadth of material cover to that point of the module and an essay of 1500 words will assess the depth of material covered in the later part of the module. Formative assessments will be provided through the module and constructive feedback provided, which will help students to prepare for the summative assessments. Students must obtain a minimum aggregate grade of 40% across the two summative assessments to pass the module.


Davey, G. (2016). Complete psychology (2nd Edition). London, UK: Hodder & Stoughton.
Shaffer, D.R. & Kipp, K. (2013). Developmental psychology (9th edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. [core]