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Undergraduate Course: Developmental Psychopathology (PSYL10153)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
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 Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
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 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %

Additional Info
30% Coursework (Group Project) (LO4, LO5),
70% Exam (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5)
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Developmental Psychopathology Exam2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To understand current theories and research in the area of developmental psychopathology.
  2. To identify the major mental disorders that affect infants, children and adolescents and critically discuss their classification and assessment.
  3. To gain an understanding of the factors influencing the aetiology and maintenance of these disorders.
  4. To evaluate the strengths and limitations of the developmental psychopathology approach.
  5. To gain knowledge of how current clinical practice is informed by theory and empirical evidence in developmental psychopathology.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry skills e.g. independent research, problem solving, critical thinking, digital literacy, numeracy

Personal and intellectual autonomy e.g. thinking independently and creatively; establishing goals

Personal effectiveness e.g. team working; effectively using resources to achieve goals; managing complexity and self-direction

Communication skills e.g. summarising material for presentation, engaging effectively in discussions; written communication skills, including scientific writing; interpersonal skills.
Course organiserDr Jasmin Wertz
Course secretaryMiss Anna Jarvis
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