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Postgraduate Course: Typical and Atypical Child Development (CLPS11080)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to cover theories, methodologies and key social and cognitive concepts in typical and atypical child development (including Autism, Williams Syndrome, etc). This will extend students' understanding of child development by exploring atypical developmental trajectories and how these impact mental health and wellbeing.
Course description This course addresses social and cognitive development within groups developing typically and atypically, including Autism, ADHD and William's Syndrome. Students will be reminded of the traditional developmental models and theories introduced in undergraduate Child Development and how well these fit within developmental disorders. Social and cognitive processing in typical and atypical development will be discussed as well as the wider impact of these core processes on mental health. Throughout the course students will be reminded of the methodological and ethical issues surrounding research in this field.

The course will be delivered mainly through a lecture format with in-class group/seminar discussions throughout.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesProgramme entrance qualifications apply.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 14, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment 1 - Presentation - 30% weighting. «br /»
Assignment 2 - Essay, 2,500 words, 70% weighting.
Feedback Essay Plan -
A session will be given at the end of the lectures (week 9) where students can come along with essay plan outline and list of content. Feedback will be provided on the same day.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate relevant theories and methodologies within developmental psychology.
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the key social and cognitive milestones in child development.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the existing literature in typical and atypical development.
  4. Critique and evaluate the principles of developmental processes as they apply to mental health and wellbeing in typical and atypical development.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of groups developing atypically and provide an overview of associated social, cognitive and clinical profiles.
Reading List
Smith P K, Cowie H & Blades M. (2015). Understanding children's development. John Wiley & Sons.
van Herwegen J & Riby D M (2014). Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research Challenges and Solutions. Psychology Press: Hove and New York.

In addition, the following text is also recommended and an e-copy is available through the UoE library website:
Howlin P, Charman T & Ghaziuddin M (2011). The SAGE handbook of developmental disorders. London: Sage Publications (e-copy)

The following journals are particularly relevant for this module:
Developmental Psychology
British Journal of Developmental Psychology
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Developmental Science
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In completing this module students will develop:
* analytical skills
* evaluating research evidence
* critically reviewing sampling methods and group matching
* critical writing
* application of statistics in atypical research
* presenting skills
* communicating through multimedia

Keywordsmental health,child development,atypical development
Course organiserDr Karri Gillespie-Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 3932
Course secretaryMrs Chelsea Kennedy
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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