Skip to main content

Unit information: Introduction to Developmental Psychology in 2017/18

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

Unit name Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Unit code PSYC10008
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2D (weeks 19 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Hood
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 taking a biological perspective where appropriate.

The aims of this unit are to cover the major theoretical perspectives taken in developmental psychology, and the unique methodologies and techniques used.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Identify the key theoretical perspectives taken in developmental psychology.
  2. Recognise the methodologies and techniques used in developmental psychology especially those for studying young children.
  3. Define contemporary theory and methods in developmental psychology.

Teaching Information

Weekly lectures, and a revision session.

Assessment Information

Multiple-choice examination (100%).

Reading and References


Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., Wegner, D. M., & Hood, B. M. (2015). Psychology (2nd European ed.). UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Recommended and further reading will be made available through Blackboard.