Module code: PSYM133

Module Overview

This module provides students with an advanced knowledge of working within developmental psychology settings, including the issues related to working with different groups. The module will introduce students to the processes involved in service evaluations within clinical settings, and will develop critical evaluation skills in relation to both research and practice. Students will learn how to be a reflective practitioner, and how reflection can enhance future practice.

Module provider


Module Leader

GILLIGAN-LEE Katie (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• understanding different placement settings

• how to design effective evaluations of research and practice

• working with different groups and stakeholders to design and implement evaluations

• learning to be a reflective practitioner

• risk and ethics of working with different groups

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Online activity / test 10
Coursework Online activity / test 10
Coursework Online activity / test 10
Oral exam or presentation 10-minute reflective presentation / discussion 20
Coursework 2000-word group proposal for service evaluation 50

Alternative Assessment

2000-word individual proposal for service evaluation.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a reflective understanding of different developmental psychology settings, including how to evaluate research and practice, and how to work with diverse groups.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• 2000-word group proposal for service evaluation (assessing learning outcomes 1,2,4,5,7)

• 10-minute reflective presentation / discussion (assessing learning outcomes 1,2,3,7)

• Three online activities and tests (assessing learning outcomes 1,2,3,7)

Formative assessment

Students will have the opportunity to discuss their group proposal with a lecturer during an online discussion. For the reflective presentation, students can submit a summary of their reflection points for formative feedback.


Students will receive verbal formative feedback for their group proposal and written formative feedback for their reflective presentation. Written feedback will be provided for both of these summative assessments. Students will also receive written feedback on their online activities and tests.

Module aims

  • Provide students with an advanced understanding of service evaluations within clinical settings, including issues relating to design, stakeholder involvement, and data analysis
  • Develop students’ critical evaluation skills in relation to both research and practice
  • Encourage students to reflect on their own attitudes, beliefs and behaviour and consider the impact this has on practice
  • Enhance written and verbal communication skills through group work, presentation and discussion

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Evaluate research and other evidence to inform their own practice CKP
002 Understand difference and diversity in working with others and delivering services to the public KPT
003 Demonstrate knowledge of risk and ethical procedures associated with different groups KPT
004 Understand the process and role of evaluation, audit and research in the NHS and other contexts CKPT
005 Critically evaluate strategies to involve service users, carers and other relevant stakeholders in the evaluation and research process CPT
006 Understand the value of reflection on practice and the need to record the outcome of such reflection CKPT
007 Communicate ideas, theories and principles through written or oral means, adapting the content appropriately for each medium CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

• prepare students for their placement roles by developing key skills and understanding of different developmental psychology settings

• promote a reflective and evaluative approach to research and practice

• encourage students to work independently and flexibly

• facilitate discussion and debate

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures

• Workshops

• Group discussion

• Online content and activities

• Online discussions

• Individual and group activities

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
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Developmental Psychology in Research and Practice MSc 1 Compulsory Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% 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 2019/0 academic year.