PY2TA-Typical and Atypical Development

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 Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2DSP Developmental and Social Psychology or PY2TA1 Typical and Atypical Development 1 or PY2TA2 Typical and Atypical Development 2
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Beth Law


Summary module description:
The module provides students with an integrated approach to the empirical study of human development. Topics in both typical and atypical development are covered. The teaching is topic-based, with groups of lectures organised into a list such as the following:
Perceptual development
Cognitive development
Language development
Memory development
Social development
Disorders of development

The aims of the module are that the student should further their understanding of typical and atypical development, and how that development is studied.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student will be able to:
1. Show knowledge of theory and research in various aspects of typical and atypical human development.
2. Provide constructive critique of selected research studies from the literature.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain an appreciation of human psychological functioning at various stages in the lifespan.
Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of research methodology, and use of database and library resources, acquired in other modules, in this module.

Outline content:

Topics covered will be selected from a list such as the following: Cognitive development - Stages in cognitive development - Modularity in development - Information-processing models of development Language development - Speech development - Vocabulary growth - Grammatical development Disorders of development - Language disorders - Genes and development - Autistic spectrum conditions - Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder - Conduct disorder Perceptual development Memory development - Early memory Social development - Faces - Theory of mind

Global context:
Typical development informs the study of atypical development. In turn, both these large topic areas rely on, and interact with, fundamental methods and theories in the study of psychology.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will be by lecture, supported by small group teaching in seminars.
Each week's lecture will require reading and private study by the student.
Blackboard facilitites will include links to off-site multimedia, and a Discussion Board, for interactive off-line discussion between students and staff.

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, one at the end of Spring term.
The 1.5-hour written Summer Exam will require you to answer 2 questions on topics covered in the module: one on Autumn Term topics, one on Spring Term 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:
    Reassessment of this module is by examination in August/September

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

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