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Unit information: Introduction to psychology for Childhood Studies in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to psychology for Childhood Studies
Unit code SPOL10016
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Joey Murphy
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce students to the key ideas and issues in childhood psychology. It will cover a range of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains from conception to adolescence, and place these in their environmental and biological context.

The aims of this unit are to: Introduce major aspects of development from conception through to adolescence Demonstrate the integration of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains in development Understand the interchange between heredity and environment, considering culture and biology Provide knowledge of practical and applied implications of developmental research.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing this Unit, successful students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Familiarity and critical consideration of key developmental theories; their research and practice.
  2. Understanding of the interchange between heredity and the environment, considering culture and biology.
  3. Understanding of the integration of physical, cognitive, emotional and social domains in development from conception through to adolescence.
  4. Application of theory to practice, considering actions and implications, for self and society.
  5. Knowledge of the principles and methods of developmental research.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through blended learning involving a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, and self-directed practical activities supported by study-group sessions. The narrated power point presentations will cover psychological content and theory, whilst more applied, in-depth and extended learning will take the form of self-paced, material delivered electronically, and undertaken individually, or in pairs or groups, and supported through tutor involvement/feedback. We will make use of online collaboration tools to foster a collaborative space. Formative case study learning is embedded in the unit and group work on case studies is included in on-line material to support preparation for unit assessment.

Assessment Information

2000 words psychological case study (100%)

All ILOs will be assessed in the assessment.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.