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PS3518: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 28 Nov 2022 12:40


Course Overview

The aim of this course is to consolidate and extend students’ knowledge of a number of core areas of developmental psychology, focusing on the age range of young children (3 years) to adolescence. This course will examine both historical and contemporary issues and findings in (1) cognitive development and (2) social-emotional development. In one half of the course students will evaluate how some main types of memory undergo developmental changes, and how cognitive plasticity develops. In the other half students will evaluate the development of aggression and its risk factors, and gain a deeper understanding of the role of play in typical and atypical development of social interaction with a focus on autism. There will also be opportunity to learn about some intervention programmes aimed at improving cognitive and socio-emotional skills in childhood. The broad range of developmental topics makes this an ideal course for anyone with interest in working with children. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Margaret Jackson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will examine both historical and contemporary issues and findings in perceptual development, language development, social and emotional development, and developmental psychopathology. The course will also cover a number of key conceptual issues including the role of nature versus nurture in human development, modularity and modularization, and the contribution of research on atypical development to our understanding of normal functioning.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University week s 26 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University week s 29, 32

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
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Feedback on tutorial activities and on written assignments. Example exam questions in lectures. Written feedback on written assignment within 2 weeks after assignment has been handed in.

Word Count 1500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateLearn the skills to understand and evaluate the scientific basis of claims regarding cognitive development and plasticity in children, and the scientific basis of socio-emotional development.
FactualEvaluateEvaluate different theoretical accounts and research methods of both cognitive and socio-emotional child development and communicate this through coursework and written exams.
FactualUnderstandConsolidate and extend their knowledge of historical and contemporary issues and findings in (1) cognitive development and (2) socio-emotional development focusing on children aged 3 to adolescence.
ProceduralApplyStudents will become aware of some markers for typical (and atypical) cognitive and socio-emotional development in children and ways of improving performance, skills, and behaviour in individuals

Exam - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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30 Multiple Choice Questions over 30 minutes. Example exam questions in lectures. Access to exam script and marking guidelines on request.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateLearn the skills to understand and evaluate the scientific basis of claims regarding cognitive development and plasticity in children, and the scientific basis of socio-emotional development.
FactualEvaluateEvaluate different theoretical accounts and research methods of both cognitive and socio-emotional child development and communicate this through coursework and written exams.
FactualUnderstandConsolidate and extend their knowledge of historical and contemporary issues and findings in (1) cognitive development and (2) socio-emotional development focusing on children aged 3 to adolescence.
ProceduralApplyStudents will become aware of some markers for typical (and atypical) cognitive and socio-emotional development in children and ways of improving performance, skills, and behaviour in individuals

Formative Assessment

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Resit Assessments

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Exam - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandConsolidate and extend their knowledge of historical and contemporary issues and findings in (1) cognitive development and (2) socio-emotional development focusing on children aged 3 to adolescence.
ProceduralApplyStudents will become aware of some markers for typical (and atypical) cognitive and socio-emotional development in children and ways of improving performance, skills, and behaviour in individuals
ConceptualEvaluateLearn the skills to understand and evaluate the scientific basis of claims regarding cognitive development and plasticity in children, and the scientific basis of socio-emotional development.
FactualEvaluateEvaluate different theoretical accounts and research methods of both cognitive and socio-emotional child development and communicate this through coursework and written exams.

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