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Unit information: Developmental Psychology in 2022/23

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Unit name Developmental Psychology
Unit code EDUCM5411
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Tsapali
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

In this unit, students will engage with classic and contemporary research and theory in developmental psychology. The focus is for students to bring their critical knowledge of developmental psychology, learned through this course and across other complementary units, to address key psychological issues and how these apply to educational settings. Students will also refine their critical analysis skills and ability to evaluate experimental methods.

The core concepts to be investigated (indicative content) include: symbolic understanding of words and pictures, theory of mind development, atypical development and approaches for studying cognitive development, and play and the development of peer relationships.


  • To develop an understanding and critical appreciation of current approaches of developmental and educational psychology;
  • To examine theoretical accounts of development.
  • To develop a critical awareness of experimental methodology in developmental research.
  • To explore implications of developmental psychological research and theory for educational settings.

Your learning on this unit

Upon successful completion of the unit students will demonstrate that they:

  1. understand key concepts in current study of developmental psychology.
  2. have developed skills in evaluation and interpretation of the psychology of emotional, moral, social, and cognitive development.
  3. understand the importance of social and psychological factors in development.
  4. have explored the way in which different approaches to developmental psychology relate to and complement each other.
  5. can evaluate different methodological approaches for studying young children.
  6. can critically interrogate claims about development in the psychological and educational literature.
  7. understand the implication of recent research in developmental psychology for educational settings.

How you will learn

The course will be delivered through whole group lectures and discussion.

How you will be assessed

This unit is assessed by 100% coursework in the form of a 2000-word critical review. (ILOs 1-7)


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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 take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.