DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 1 (LAS) - 2017/8

Module code: PSY1026

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

WILLIAMS EI Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

C820

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 124

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 4

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 50%
Examination MCQ EXAM 50%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Co-requisite is PSY1027 Social Psychology 1 (LAS)

Module overview

This module is intended to cover the core BPS curriculum in developmental psychology and as such is a broad coverage module dealing with a range of topics in the sub-discipline, including cognitive, social and emotional development across the lifespan.  It introduces developmental psychology as an evidence-based science and there is a focus on the different methods used to research topics in this area.

Module aims

Developmental psychology as an evidence-based science

A range of theories concerning the nature of human psychological development

A range of research methods which can be used to collect evidence in order to test these theories

Some of the main conclusions which have been drawn about these theories in the light of the empirical evidence which has been collected using those research methods

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
An understanding of the basic concepts and principal theoretical issues that are involved in the study of developmental phenomena KC
An understanding of the wide range of research methods which are used by developmental psychologists KCP
An understanding and appreciation of how theories in developmental psychology can be tested using empirical evidence KC
An ability to develop critical arguments about the nature of human psychological development supported by appropriate empirical evidence and theory KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

 Indicative content includes:


Basic Issues in Developmental Psychology
Piagetian & Neo-Piagetian approaches
Attachment
Motor development
Severe deprivation 
Theory of Mind
Theories of Biology 
Development of peers relations
Face processing
Perceptual development in infancy
Revision

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

1.    an understanding of the basic concepts and principal theoretical issues that are involved in the study of developmental phenomena 

2.    an understanding of the wide range of research methods which are used by developmental psychologists

3.    an understanding and appreciation of how theories in developmental psychology can be tested using empirical evidence 

4.    an ability to develop critical arguments about the nature of human psychological development supported by appropriate empirical evidence and theory

Outcomes 1 – 3 will be assessed by the MCQ exam and essay. Outcome 4 will be assessed in the essay.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         MCQ exam lasting 60 minutes, consisting of 40 questions (50%)

·         One course work essay, 6 pages in length (50%)

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Feedback on course essay

·         Verbal feedback in tutorials

·         Verbal feedback in lectures

·         Feedback from in class short MCQ test for students to assess their progress

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


an understanding of the basic concepts and principal theoretical issues that are involved in the study of developmental phenomena 
an understanding of the wide range of research methods which are used by developmental psychologists
an understanding and appreciation of how theories in developmental psychology can be tested using empirical evidence 
an ability to develop critical arguments about the nature of human psychological development supported by appropriate empirical evidence and theory


Outcomes 1 – 3 will be assessed by the MCQ exam and essay. Outcome 4 will be assessed in the essay.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


MCQ exam lasting 60 minutes, consisting of 40 questions (50%)
One course work essay, 6 pages in length (50%)


Formative assessment and feedback


Feedback on course essay
Verbal feedback in tutorials
Verbal feedback in lectures
Feedback from in class short MCQ test for students to assess their progress

Reading list

Reading list for DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 1 (LAS) : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy1026

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.