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BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Intoduction to Developmental Psychology

Unit code PSYC10211
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course material will be delivered via lectures (with associated e-learning resources) and will be supported with 4 lab-based sessions


Provide students with an overview of human development from infancy to late childhood. 

Introduce students to the developmental perspective of psychological research. 

Familiarise students with the major theories of human psychological development, emphasising the fundamentally interactive nature of developmental processes.

Prepare students for the more detailed treatment of developmental topics in the second year.


Teaching and learning methods

This course is delivered via the following:

            18 hours of lectures

            4 x 2-hour practical sessions

E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.


Knowledge and understanding

Appreciate the importance of the study of development to the understanding of human behaviour

Read and evaluate current research literature

Recognise the limitations imposed by particular design decisions

Understand how knowledge accumulates in developmental psychology

Intellectual skills

Compare theoretical predictions and empirical findings in the field of development

Objectively interpret the results of analyses in the context of the research design

Practical skills

Review a commonly used methodology in developmental psychology

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Present information, ideas and arguments in written form with due regard to the target audience and discipline conventions

Sustain and develop cogent and coherent arguments

Work in a group to solve problems

Assessment methods

A 90 minute multiple choice exam worth 70% and a research review worth 30%

Recommended reading

Siegler, R., DeLoache, J., & Eisenberg, N. (2006). How Children Develop (either 2nd or 3rd edition – both are fine). New York: Worth.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Practical classes & workshops 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 74

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jennifer McBride Unit coordinator

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