DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH RESEARCH METHODS 1 - 2018/9

Module code: PSY1018

Module Overview

This module is intended to cover the core BPS curriculum in developmental psychology and as such is a broad coverage module dealing with a range of topics in the sub-discipline, including cognitive, social and emotional development across the lifespan.  It introduces developmental psychology as an evidence-based science and there is a focus on the different methods used to research topics in this area. 

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

WILLIAMS EI Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: C820

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Attachment
Piagetian & Neo-Piagetian approaches
Motor development
Severe deprivation 
Theory of Mind
Adolescence
Development of the self-concept
Peer relations
Face-processing
Perceptual development in infancy
Revision


 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (6 PAGES) 50
Examination 60 MINUTE MCQ EXAM 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


an understanding of the basic concepts and principal theoretical issues that are involved in the study of developmental phenomena 
an understanding of the wide range of research methods which are used by developmental psychologists
an understanding and appreciation of how theories in developmental psychology can be tested using empirical evidence 
an ability to develop critical arguments about the nature of human psychological development supported by appropriate empirical evidence and theory


Outcomes 1 – 3 will be assessed by the MCQ exam and essay. Outcome 4 will be assessed in the essay.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


MCQ exam lasting 60 minutes, consisting of 40 questions (50%)
One course work essay, 6 pages in length (50%)


Formative assessment and feedback


Feedback on course essay
Verbal feedback in tutorials
Verbal feedback in lectures
Feedback from in class short MCQ test for students to assess their progress

Module aims

  • Developmental psychology as an evidence-based science.
  • A range of theories concerning the nature of human psychological development,
  • A range of research methods which can be used to collect evidence in order to test these theories, and
  • Some of the main conclusions which have been drawn about these theories in the

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 An understanding of the basic concepts and principal theoretical issues that are involved in the study of developmental phenomena KC
2 An understanding of the wide range of research methods which are used by developmental psychologists KCP
3 An understanding and appreciation of how theories in developmental psychology can be tested using empirical evidence KC
4 An ability to develop critical arguments about the nature of human psychological development supported by appropriate empirical evidence and theory KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 4

Independent Study Hours: 124

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The lectures will be delivered across an 11 week period, with each lecture lasting 2 hours. The final lecture will consist of a consolidation session in which practice will be given in answering multi-choice questions (MCQ’s) related to the material covered in the course. There will also be two subject tutorials, each lasting 2 hours, which will be conducted in groups of approximately 30 students.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Give students first-hand familiarity with the thinking and writing of foundational developmental psychologists
Give students an enhanced literacy (including methodological and statistical literacy) of the current research in the field
Develop the capacity to develop a critical argument supported by appropriate developmental empirical evidence and theory
Develop a critical understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of particular research methods used by developmental psychologists


The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures of 2 hours duration for 11 weeks
Two subject tutorials, each lasting 2 hours
Use of Surrey Learn for the presentation of additional video and audio material to support the learning in lectures/tutorials
Use of Surrey Learn discussion board facility

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH RESEARCH METHODS 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy1018

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.