School of Psychology

Developmental Psychology (C8546)

Developmental Psychology

Module C8546

Module details for 2012/13.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module provides students with a basic grounding in developmental psychology from the prenatal period through adolescence. Topics that are covered are likely to include: developmental research methods; prenatal development; perceptual development; early cognitive development; attachment; temperament; categorisation; language acquisition; motor development; theory of mind; children's understanding of mathematics; gender development; adolescent development; theories of child development; the behavioural genetics of personality and IQ and individual differences.

Proposed lectures:
1. Introduction & Developmental research methods
2. Prenatal Development and the Newborn Infant
3. Intersubjectivity
4 and 5. Infant Perception (2 lectures)
6 and 7. Temperament and Attachment (2 lectures)
8 and 9. Categorisation (2 lectures)
10. Intentional Communication
11. Declarative Communication
12 and 13. Language Acquisition (2 lectures)
14. Developmental Theories/Beyond Piaget
15. Economic Understanding
16. Mathematics Understanding
17. Moral Development & Theory of Mind
18. Motor Development
19 and 20 Gender Development & Individual Differences (2 lectures)
21 Adolescence
22 - 24. Behavioural Genetics and Individual Differences

Module learning outcomes

Describe and evaluate core research in those aspects of developmental psychology covered by the course.

Critically evaluate and report empirical research in developmental psychology.

Describe and evaluate the role of individual differences in at least one area of developmental psychology.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 8 100.00%
Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment70.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour222222222222
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour010111101000

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Jenny Bosten

Assess convenor

Dr Jessica Horst

Assess convenor, Convenor

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