PY2DSP1-Developmental and Social Psychology 1

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: PY1PR Psychological Research and PY1DV Developmental Psychology
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: PY2CNS1 Cognition and Neuroscience 1
Modules excluded: PY2TA Typical and Atypical Development or PY2PS Personality and Social Psychology or PY2TA1 Typical and Atypical Development 1 or PY2PS1 Personality and Social Psychology 1
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Graham Schafer

Email: g.w.schafer@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Developmental and Social Psychology for Study Abroad students


Aims:

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 and social development

  • Language development

  • The self and self-regulation

  • Group processes and inter-group relations


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 facilities will include links to off-site multimedia, and a Discussion Board, for interactive off-line discussion.



All contact hour arrangements are in accordance with the standard arrangements at the Host University


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 36
Seminars 8
Guided independent study 156
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Set exercise 15
Class test administered by School 35

Other information on summative assessment:

This module is assessed by a combination of weekly set exercises (15%), two end-of-term MCQ tests (each 17.5%), and two pieces of coursework (each 25%).



Students will answer weekly Continuous Assessment Questions (CAQs) designed to assess an advanced understanding of the material covered weekly.



Students will write two essays, based on material introduced in seminars.  One will cover developmental psychology, and the other social psychology.



Students will sit two end-of-term multiple-choice in-class tests, one covering developmental psychology, and the other social psychology.


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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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:

    Requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Examination in August / September


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 4 October 2017

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