module specification

PC5055 - Development Across the Lifespan (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Development Across the Lifespan
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
50 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
64 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Structured mini report that encourages the learner to find research from a broad range of cultures (1500 words)
In-Course Test 50%   MCT
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

This module focuses on how human behaviour changes across the lifespan, emphasising changes in thinking and cognition during childhood and beyond.  Development across the lifespan will consider historical context, research across the world and emphasise the importance of cross-cultural research in developing universal theories of child development.

Prior learning requirements

An introductory Psychology module


An example of the types of topics that will be covered in this module are: the exciting and creative research methods that are used with young children, what young babies know, how and when our understanding of other people’s mind develops and how our memory develops. There is likely to be some coverage of changes in ageing populations.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Describe and explain key aspects of human development
2. Describe, explain and analyse the research evidence that supports/contradicts our understanding of human development
3. Review and evaluate the research evidence associated with various aspects of human development, emphasising the importance of cross-cultural research and the principle of inclusion

Assessment strategy

There will be two summative assessments. Formative feedback will be available throughout the module. For example, there will be regular automated responses to formative multiple-choice questions and discussion of the answers in class. In addition, small-group activities will provide the opportunity for peer and instructor feedback.