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Postgraduate Course: Child and Adolescent Development (EDUA11034)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis has been designed as a generic module which takes a psychological approach to development from early childhood to adolescence. It offers an opportunity to extend and update understanding of development acquired in initial professional education/training. It may also be taken by those whose previous studies have not included development issues.
Course description This course takes a psychological perspective to understand development from infancy to adolescence, focusing on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, and factors which influence development. The focus of this course is on typical development, but at times reference is made to atypical development and discussed within the context of typical development. The main areas of child and adolescent development covered include: Research methods in developmental psychology, hereditary and environmental influences on development, the development of physical and motor skills, brain development, the development of intelligence, language and literacy skills, personality, emotional development, behaviour and sex and gender identity as influences on development. Throughout the course there will be a focus on both classic research and recent research findings.
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 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  100
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 21/09/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are two assessment tasks for this course:

Task 1 (20% of final coursework):
1,000 word critical review of a research paper
(Summative assessment)

Task 2 (80% of final coursework):
Written essay
(Summative assessment - 3000 words or equivalent)
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the development of physical, cognitive and social and emotional abilities from infancy to adolescence
  2. Understand the influence of hereditary and environmental influences on development
  3. Critically evaluate key psychological theories and research relating to child and adolescent development
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the research methodology typically used to study child and adolescent development
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course is open to students from other schools, however, please contact the course secretary prior to enrolling your Tutee in order to verify that there is space available; students on MSc Educational Research and MSc Education have priority.
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Course organiserDr Julie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 6356
Course secretaryMrs Alta Mene
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381
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