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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

Description including Unit Aims

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 Information

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 Information

  • 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