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Postgraduate Course: Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology (CLPS11054)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides a critical overview of theories and research on developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology.
Course description The course is composed of five x 2.5-hour lectures: Theoretical approaches in developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology, infant development, childhood cognitive development, childhood social development, adolescence. This course introduces students to a range of developmental psychology theories and applies these to understanding mental health and illness.

The lectures will be complemented by resources and teaching materials made available through LEARN. Students will also be encouraged to contribute to student-led discussions through LEARN around the materials provided within the course. Encouragement of peer discussion will support students in engaging in deeper critical reflection on the theories presented in the lectures and associated materials. It will also enhance their consideration of how developmental psychology can help us understand mental health and illness.

The course is a core component of the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) but will be open to others at the discretion of the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  200
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 12.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 85 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative assessment will be a 2-hour exam work 100% of marks composed of two extended essays from a choice of titles.
Feedback Formative Feedback will be given on an online quiz covering material already considered in class.

Summative feedback will be given on the exam.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of developmental psychology.
  2. Demonstrate psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives.
  3. Demonstrate critical reflection on how developmental psychological perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness.
Reading List
Carr, D. (2006). The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach (3rd Edition). London: Routledge.
Coleman, J. ( 2011). The Nature of Adolescence. London: Routledge.
Smith, P.K., Cowie, H. & Blades, M. (2011). Understanding Children's Development. (5th Edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Slater, A. & Bremner, G. (2011). An introduction to Developmental Psychology (2nd Edition). Oxford: BPS Blackwell.
Herbert, M. (2003). Typical and Atypical Development: From Conception to Adolescence. Oxford: BPS Blackwell
Goswami, U. (2008). Cognitive Development: The learning brain. Hove: Psychology Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources
Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Karri Gillespie-Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 3932
Course secretaryMr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498
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