PYM3P2-Topics in Developmental Psychopathology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Fiona Knott


Type of module:

Summary module description:
The module, in conjunction with PYM3P1, provides a critical overview of developmental psychopathology. A range of childhood disorders is covered, introducing students to practical and theoretical concepts in the development and treatment of these conditions.

The purpose of this module is to apply fundamental notions in developmental psychopathology to a range of specific disorders.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
• Be able to offer a definition of key terms or ideas, including definitions of specific disorders (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder,)
• Be able to describe and evaluate some recent empirical work in the field relating to the development of these disorders
• Be able to describe and evaluate treatments for these disorders
• Apply their knowledge in the evaluation of a piece of relevant research.

Additional outcomes:
It is anticipated that this module will inform much subsequent work by students on postgraduate courses in psychology.

Outline content:
The module examines the nature, development and treatment of developmental disorders and mental health conditions in childhood and adolescence. Topics include intervention in autism spectrum disorders and myths about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Other seminars examine obsessive compulsive disorder and developmental pathways to conduct disorder. The final seminar explores the relationship between genes and environment on behaviour and development.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will be given directed readings which they will be expected to have read before attending seminars. Seminars will last approximately 3 hours. The seminars are led by staff from the Department of Psychology and School of Education,both of whom are clinical psychologists. The seminar convenor will give a brief overview lecture on the important learning points, supported by video material where appropriate. Students will then engage in small group activities,such as designing a clinical intervention, and class discussion to facilitate in depth understanding and to consider the clinical  implications of the research. Class discussion will also support students in their preparation for the examination. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assessment is via one two-hour unseen examination comprising both short and long answer questions

Formative assessment methods:

Students will contribute to class discussions and small group activities.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Failed examinations may be re-sat in August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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