PYMTA1-Typical and Atypical Development 1 (M Level)

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: For MSc Speech & Language Therapy students only
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Graham Schafer

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

Summary module description:

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


Aims:

The aims of the module are that the student should further their understanding of typical 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 TO BE COVERED WILL BE SELECTED FROM A LIST SUCH AS THE FOLLOWING

Perceptual development
Social development
Language development
Memory development
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 online assignments set each week.
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
Guided independent study 82
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 30
Class test administered by School 70

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed by coursework (30%) and an end-of-term multiple choice test (70%).
Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures

Formative assessment methods:

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment is by re-examination in August/September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 3 April 2017

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