PY2TA2-Typical and Atypical Development 2

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites: PY1DV Developmental Psychology
Non-modular pre-requisites: For non-Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2TA Typical and Atypical Development or PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
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: Literacy and Numeracy Disorders of development Genetics

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: Reading development Genetics and development Adolescence Developmental theory

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 weekly online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered. Each week's lecture will require reading and private study by the student. Blackboard facilities 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 2
Guided independent study 82
Total hours by term 98.00 2.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

This module is assessed by coursework (30%) and a summer exam (70%).

The summer exam is 45 minutes, multiple choice

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures (30%)

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 is by examination in August/September

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


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