PY2TA-Typical and Atypical Development

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer 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
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Beth Law


Type of module:

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

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 - 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 16 16 2
Seminars 2 2
Guided independent study 62 62 38
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00 40.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 30
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

This module is assessed by a combination of coursework (50%), and summer examination (50%).

The summer exam is 2 hrs 15 minutes

The Summer Exam includes a set of multiple choice questions covering the full range of topics taught in lectures, as well as a written component. The written component will require you to answer 2 questions on topics covered in the module: one on Autumn Term topics, one on Spring Term topics

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

 Coursework includes 1 essay, with supporting seminar (30%) and continuous online assessment of your understanding of the material covered in lectures (20%). 

Formative assessment methods:

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 of this module is by examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 1 October 2018


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