PY2DSP-Developmental and Social Psychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PY1DV Developmental Psychology
Non-modular pre-requisites: For Single Hons and Joint Hons Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2TA Typical and Atypical Development or PY2PS Personality and Social Psychology or PY2TA1 Typical and Atypical Development 1 or PY2PS2 Personality and Social Psychology 2
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Beth Law


Summary module description:
The aims of the module are that the student should further their understanding of typical development, and how that development is studied, and to familiarize students with theory and research in a selection of core topics in social psychology.

Students are introduced to topics in human development in the first term of the module, and social psychology in the second, with the aim of students furthering understanding in both these large fields of psychology.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of theory and research in various aspects of typical human development.
2. Provide constructive critique of selected research studies from the developmental literature.
3. Show knowledge of theory and research in social psychology and personality
4. Provide critical evaluation of empirical research and its relationship to theory in social psychology and personality

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Topics covered in the module will be selected from a list such as:

- Cognitive development
- Language development
- The self and self-regulation
- Group processes, inter-group relations
- Individual differences in personality and intelligence

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will be by lecture, supported by online assignments set each week.
Each week's lecture will require reading and private study by the student.
Online assessment of students' understanding of material covered in developmental and social psychology lectures will be offered, to provide feedback on their level of understanding and help students prepare for the end-of-term test.
Seminars will allow students an opportunity to discuss the material covered in lectures and gain feedback on an essay written on topics covered in the module.
Blackboard facilitites will include links to off-site multimedia, and a Discussion Board, for interactive off-line discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 18
Seminars 2 2
Guided independent study 60 60 40
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00 40.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 35
Written assignment including essay 15
Set exercise 15
Class test administered by School 35

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed by a combination of coursework (30%), classroom tests (35%) and examination (35%).
Coursework includes 1 essay, prepared for your seminar tutor (15%) and continuous online assessment of your understanding of the material covered in lectures (15%).
There are two end-of-term classroom multiple-choice tests, one at the end of Autumn term (on Developmental Psychology, one at the end of Spring term (on Social Psychology).
The 1.5-hour written Summer Exam will require you to answer 2 questions on topics covered in the module: one on Developmental topics, one on Social topics.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 30 October 2017

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