This is a BPS core psychology module that examines theories, methods and empirical data relevant to psychological development throughout the lifespan.
The aim of this module is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of theories and empirical data in the core areas of developmental psychology and changes throughout the lifespan.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of developmental change in cognition, emotion, socialisation and physical development, including major developmental milestones in children and adolescents.
2. Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of research methods in the domain of development and knowledge of when to apply these.
3. Show a critical awareness of current thinking on the interaction between biological bases and environmental influences in development.
4. Understand and critically evaluate theories of psychological development in light of relevant empirical research.
1 Biological basis of development; theories and milestones
Pre-and postnatal brain development, brain maturation, biological basis of ageing.
2 How to study development?
Designs and approaches.
Methods for studying infant development, physical development in infancy, cognitive development in infancy: Memory and pre- cursors to language, social and emotional development in infancy.
4 Early Childhood
Methods for studying early childhood, physical and cognitive development in early childhood, language development in early childhood, social and emotional development in early childhood, moral development in early childhood.
5 Middle Childhood
Physical and cognitive development in middle childhood, social development and peer relations in middle childhood. Emotional and Moral Development in Middle Childhood
Physical and cognitive development in adolescence, social and emotional development in adolescence.
Biological, cognitive and social changes in middle adulthood. Theories and data on midlife crisis.
Biological, cognitive and social changes in late adulthood; models of cognitive decline; emotional and personality changes, dementia, death, longevity.
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SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.
We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.