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Postgraduate Course: Developmental Science 1 (PSYL11103)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences 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 is the first part of the Developmental Science core sequence. Working with a team of staff members, students will analyse the key theoretical perspectives in this area, and evaluate the evidence used to support those theories. The course focuses mostly but not exclusively on typical developmental patterns with a focus on cognitive aspects of development. Students will also learn about currently active research debates and gain practical experience implementing the research methods and analytic techniques that have been used to move these debates forward. Classes will be a mix of lectures, discussions, and practical sessions.
Course description We will explore how contemporary approaches to explaining Development Science have evolved from earlier approaches, as well as how theoretical and methodological approaches inter-relate. We will also consider the ways in which interdisciplinary collaboration contributes to research on typical and atypical development. Finally, we will discuss how research in developmental science can both inform and be informed by practice in real-world settings (e.g. education and health care).
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, 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) Presentation 50% (Week 7)
Final Essay 50% (up to 2000 words)
Feedback Formative feedback is given by both the lecturer and fellow students throughout the course, in particular in relation to students presentations (weeks 4 to 11).
Specifically, each student is expected to discuss their draft presentation and its written summary with the lecturer(s) prior to their presentation and implement their feedback to ensure that the presentation serves as a high-quality learning experience for other students.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and evaluate different theoretical perspectives within Developmental Science
  2. Give examples of how interdisciplinary collaboration has contributed to research in development
  3. Explain how classic theories of development have contributed to current Developmental Science approaches
  4. Understand and communicate research ideas and findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Reading List
To be confirmed
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry skills e.g. independent literature search and empirical research, problem solving, digital literacy and numeracy skills
Personal and intellectual autonomy e.g. thinking critically, independently and creatively
Personal effectiveness e.g. team working; establishing goals and effectively using resources to achieve these; managing complexity and self-direction
Communication skills e.g. engaging effectively in or and written discussions; scientific writing; science communication; general interpersonal skills, including child-centred communication
KeywordsDevelopment,Developmental Psychology,Developmental Science
Course organiserDr Nicolas Chevalier
Course secretaryMs Pilar Rodriguez Couceiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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