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    Module leaders: Dr. Ceri Sims (terms 1 and 2) and Dr. Fabia Franco (term 1)

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    (Autumn 2012 Spring 2013)


    The teaching team 2

    General - Aims, Sessions, Textbook, Learning Outcomes, Assessment 2-3

    Lecture Schedule 4

    Rules of behaviour 5

    Email and Unihub 5

    ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES: questions, worksheets 6-25

    LASER 6-13

    Observation workshop and report 14-24

    Examination questions 25

    Assessment Criteria 26

    Learning Resources 27-29

    Study Recommendations 30

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    Programme leaders:

    Dr Ceri Sims room TG65 [email protected]

    Dr Fabia Franco room TG38 [email protected]

    Research interests of the teaching team: Dr. Ceri Sims: Children's event memory and eyewitness memory; Intervention with clumsy children; Atypical Developments; Language acquisition; Coaching Psychology. Dr. Fabia Franco: Joint attention, communication and language in typically developing infants and young children with disabilities or developmental disorders; the relationship between language and music in infants and adults using experimental paradigms and eye-tracking; musical behaviour in the context of emotion regulation and social cognition in children and adults. Dr. Andrea Oskis: Attachment, parenting, interpersonal bonds generally, early life care, stress and well-being Ms. Jana Martiskova: (Observation Workshop): Triadic interactions in typical and atypical children; Autism; childrens emotion recognition in the voice.

    AIMS of the module The module aims to give students an overview of the current research and core theoretical aspects of developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, student will have opportunities to learn about extended topics of atypical developments, developments throughout the lifespan and applications to educational issues, as well as contemporary topics in applied developmental psychology. Understanding of these topics is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.


    LECTURES (2 hours) on MONDAYS. Time TBC (attend weekly, except for reading weeks).

    TUTORIALS Individual and group tutorials o Fabia Franco term one only Monday (time TBC) o Ceri Sims Tuesdays (10:00-12:00) o Andrea Oskis Mondays (time TBC)

    OBSERVATION WORKSHOP IN TERM TWO (Sign up for a single session on


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    On completion of this module students will be able to:

    Critically analyse developmental psychology research

    Demonstrate a broad and critical understanding of key issues concerning core and extended topics covered in Developmental Psychology

    Describe and evaluate topical research areas in developmental psychology and reflect on their own learning of the material

    Independently apply and appraise one or more schemes for observing the behaviour of infants and young children


    50% coursework; 50% exam

    Assessment 1 (term one) Coursework LASER (25%): Learning Achievement and Self-Evaluation Record on ONE from selected seminar topics (1,500 words) deadline Friday 17th January, 21:00 hours.

    Assessment 2 (term two) - Coursework Observation report (25%) - based on Observation workshop, (approx 1000 words), submitted at the end of the workshop session.

    Assessment 3 - Examination (50%): A two-hour part-seen examination involving short-answer questions from core topics (part A) and an essay from extended topics (part B). This is taken during end of year exams. Part-seen means that you are provided with a selection of the topic areas of part A of the exam questions prior to the exam so that you need to revise all the part A topics to anticipate the actual questions that will appear in the paper on the day. The essay questions will be seen: ie they will be the same selection in the exam as they appear in the handbook, subject to approval of questions by the external examiner (see page 26 for questions and topics.

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    LECTURE SCHEDULE: Week/Date Lecture Topic Lecturer 1. Week

    7 Oct Introduction to the module CS

    2. Week 14 Oct

    Models/theories of development and Introduction to the study of human infancy


    3. Week 21 Oct

    Perception and cognition in Infancy FF

    4. Week 28 Oct

    Temperament and attachment in infancy FF

    5. Week 4 Nov

    Early social and communicative developments FF

    6. Week 11 Nov

    Theories of language acquisition and development CS

    7. 18 Nov: READING WEEK

    8. Week 25 Nov

    Developmental language impairments FF

    9. Week 2 Dec

    The development of music cognition FF

    10. Week 9 Dec

    Research methods in developmental psychology & Introduction to the observation workshop


    11. 16 Dec: READING WEEK

    12. Week 13 Jan

    Attachment in childhood


    13. Week 20 Jan

    Attachment in adolescence and adulthood AO

    14. Week 27 Jan

    Attachment: Disorders and intervention AO

    15. Week 3 Feb

    The influence of parenting on development AO

    16. Week 10 Feb

    Adolescent developments AO

    17. 17 Feb; READING WEEK

    18. Week 24 Feb

    The development of memory CS

    19. Week 3 March

    The ageing brain and dementia EW

    20. Week 10 March

    Social cognitive development 1: Theory of Mind CS

    21. Week 17 March

    Social cognitive development 2:Moral development CS

    22. Week 24 March

    Social cognitive development 3: Friendships CS

    23. Week 31 March

    Revision CS

    24. 7 April: READING WEEK

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    RULES OF BEHAVIOUR FOR LECTURES & WORKSHOP Punctuality - Please ensure that you arrive on time. People arriving late distract

    the lecturer but above all they disturb the other students. In the event of arriving late, please take a seat in one of the last three rows of the lecture theatre or find the nearest seat and explain your reasons for lateness to the tutor after the session. See university policy on late attendance.

    Leaving early - Similar considerations to the above. Please inform the lecturer before she starts and take a seat in one of the last three rows of the lecture theatre or near to the door (if a seminar), so that you dont disturb anybody when you leave.

    Mobile Phones - Please keep your mobile phone switched off at all times during lectures. If you are in an emergency situation and need to be contactable, please inform the lecturer before she starts and take a seat in one of the last three rows of the lecture theatre or close to the exit.

    Special needs - Please make your tutors aware of any special needs, particularly if you feel that adequate measures should be put in place.

    You know what happened? - Chatting in class is the most disruptive and disrespectful thing you can do towards your fellow students sitting around you and your tutors. Students who chat may be asked to move place, to leave the classroom, or to identify themselves. In general, all students are asked to report anybody who is making their work in class difficult.

    COMMUNICATION: EMAIL AND MOODLE Please check your university e-mail regularly as important news concerning this module may be circulated in this way (as class email). Make sure that you empty your mailbox regularly. On Moodle in your PSY2014 section, there are a number of folders, which will guide you in your studies, so that you can prepare for lectures, group tutorials and workshop, reflect on your learning and submit assessments. The main ones are listed below. Please make sure that your print outs (pdf files) are in black and white and are double sided:

    Handbook this handbook

    Lectures Contains TWO subfolders: Slides (lecture slides) and Extra materials (lecture notes on some topics, suggested readings, questions, self-study quizzes and crosswords to help you with study and revision). .

    LASER contains information on arranging and signing up for group tutorials on the chosen topic on your LASER as well as reading lists and any other information regarding your LASER.

    Observation workshop contains all information about how to view videos to prepare work for your workshop, slides, as well as any relevant materials about the workshop and report (please attend lecture in term one for further details about the workshop in term two).

    Assignments and Assessments - contains information about all assessments including guidelines for submitting online and feedback of summative assessments at the end of the year (officially after the assessment boards).

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    ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES - read carefully

    Coursework term one: L.A.S.E.R Learning Achievement and Self-Evaluation Record (LASER). The LASERs are marked and graded on the university 20-point scale and your grade will make up 25% of your overall grade for this module.

    What is a LASER? Learning Achie