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Unit information: Introduction to Developmental Psychology in 2016/17

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Unit name Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Unit code PSYC10008
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Josie Briscoe
Open unit status Open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit provides an introduction to developmental psychology. It focuses on key stages of perceptual, cognitive and social development from a strong biological perspective.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit, you should be familiar with the major theoretical perspectives taken in developmental psychology as well as having a general understanding of the unique methodologies and techniques, for studying young children. By the end of the unit, you will also have participated in and gained knowledge of a range of research experiments in the School of Experimental Psychology.

Teaching details

This unit comprises 12 x 50 minutes lectures, plus a 50 minute revision session for the end of unit examinations. Students will also participate in 2 hours’ worth of experiments at the School of Experimental Psychology.

Assessment Details

  • This unit is assessed 100% MCQ examination
  • Participation in 2 hours worth of the Experimental Hours Scheme is required for the award of credit.

Reading and References


Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., Wegner, D. & Hood, B. (2014). Psychology; Second European edition. Palgrave MacMillan; UK.

Suggestions for recommended and further reading will be made separately through Blackboard