Developmental Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYH1042
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Valerija Tadic



The aims of this course are to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and research in developmental psychology, to demonstrate the historical context of key concepts in developmental psychology, to critically evaluate traditional and recent theories and research in developmental psychology, and to enhance transferable skills for future employability.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Understand and describe key theories and research in developmental psychology.
2. Analyse the history and development of key concepts in developmental psychology.
3. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the theories, approaches and research strategies and methods used in developmental psychology.
4. Demonstrate effective communication of synthesis and critical analysis of developmental psychology theories, principles and empirical findings.

Indicative content

Language Development, Cognitive Development, Development of Perception, Social Cognitive Development, Influences on Social Development, Genetic and Environmental Influences on Development, Transferable Employability Skills.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures and seminars. Seminar activities will include discussions of journal articles and other activities involving exploration of theories, evidence and applications (e.g. discussion of case studies; administration and interpretation of developmental assessments). Seminars will also include quizzes and multiple-choice questions.


Presentation: 100% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Outline Details: Students will be required to do a recorded Powerpoint presentation, selecting 1 topic from a set of questions that will be provided. The presentation will be done in private and submitted electronically as an audio-video file.

Formative Assessment: Quizzes, multiple choice tests, peer feedback.