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Undergraduate Course: Developmental Psychopathology (PSYL10130)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryDevelopmental psychopathology is the study of the developmental processes that lead to psychopathology or impairment in everyday function. As a discipline, it is concerned with the different disorders, which have their origins in infancy, childhood or adolescence. This course will cover theoretical perspectives on different disorders, with an emphasis on the dynamic interplay between genetic, neurobiological, psychological, social, cognitive, emotional, and cultural influences.
Course description In this course, we will explore the theoretical perspectives on different disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, externalising disorders (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and callous-unemotional traits), emotional problems in childhood and adolescence (Anxiety and Depression), Attachment Disorders and behavioural patterns following early deprivation or maltreatment. There will be an emphasis on the dynamic interplay between genetic, neurobiological, psychological, social, cognitive, emotional, and cultural influences (i.e. multiple levels of analysis). The importance of early experiences and the complexities of risk and protective factors will be addressed. There will be a specific focus on Issues relating to assessment of psychopathology and research methods will be critically discussed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Research Methods and Statistics 2 (PSYL10126) AND Research Methods & Statistics 3 (PSYL10127) AND Cognitive Development in Children (PSYL10125)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesDegree major in Psychology and passes in Psychology courses at least to the equivalent of Psychology 2 in Edinburgh. Prior agreement is needed with the Year 4 Course Organizer.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 65 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group presentation (30%)
Group participation as rated by group members (5%)
Exam (65%)
Feedback Formative Feedback Event (Nature and Timing)
Provided weekly in the form of brief discussion questions and other activities covered in class.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Developmental Psychopathology1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand current theories and research in the area of developmental psychopathology.
  2. identify the major mental disorders that affect infants, children and adolescents and critically discuss their classification and assessment
  3. gain an understanding of current approaches to understanding the aetiology and maintenance of these disorders.
  4. evaluate the strengths and limitations of the developmental psychopathology approach.
  5. gain knowledge of how current clinical practice is informed by theory and empirical evidence in developmental psychopathology.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDevelopment,Psychopathology,Neurodevelopmental Disorders,ADHD,Autism
Course organiserDr Bonnie Auyeung
Course secretaryMs Catherine Renton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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