PY1DV-Developmental Psychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Adrian Whyte


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to the study of developmental psychology. The module comprises lectures, opportunities for online discussion of lecture topics with lecturers and peers, and seminar discussions on a developmental psychology topic which is relevant to the set essay.

Students will learn about basic concepts, theories and research studies in developmental psychology, and become acquainted with the methods, approaches and different perspectives of researchers in this field.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will learn about basic concepts, methods, psychological theories and research studies in developmental psychology, and become acquainted with the approaches and different perspectives of researchers in this field. By the end of the module, students should:
• Have an awareness of the value of investigating the development of psychological phenomena;
• Understand how views of children and development have changed over human history;
• Be able to outline and critically evaluate key 20th century theories and studies relating to cognitive development
• Be able to outline key processes in social development and demonstrate some critical understanding of research studies that illustrate these processes.

Additional outcomes:

This module allows students to discuss the content covered in the lectures on an online discussion board, as well as discussing material relevant to developmental psychology in smaller seminar groups. Therefore, students can exchange ideas and viewpoints with classmates as well as with tutors. The module also provides the opportunity to submit an essay on a developmental psychology topic, and to receive feedback on the student's level of performance.

Outline content:

Topics include: Approaches and methods in developmental psychology; Piaget's theory of cognitive development; Attachment and parenting; Gender and peer relationships.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is taught via 10 hour-long lectures, each followed by a further hour-long online discussion forum, and supported by seminar classes and recommended reading. 

Teaching methods include the following:

(a) Lectures encouraging student participation

(b) Online discussion forum following lectures

(c) Recommended reading from texts

(d) Seminar discussion groups 

NB The contact hours in the table below are indicative of the contact hours for students studying this module in the UK, and may vary for students taking this module at branch campuses. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study 76
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed by an essay based on material covered in a seminar (25%), and an exam comprising an essay and multiple choice questions (75%) on a selection of topics covered in the module. 

Formative assessment methods:

Discussions with lecturers and peers (online and in person) provide opportunities for formative feedback on students’ understanding of developmental psychology topics

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment is by re-examination in August/September only.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 28 September 2018


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