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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC1369 An Introduction to Childhood and Child Development

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Rebecca Thorley

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will explore child development from a number of perspectives including relationships with the environment, family, culture and society. It will also consider the children and young people's resilience in relation to all of the above.


The purpose of the module is to develop the students' critical understanding of child development including:
-Critical thinking in relation to nature versus nurture debate
-Child development from a social, cultural, emotional and physical perspective
-Evaluation of basic theories in relation to development of attachment, communication and resilience.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Describe a range of developmental theories explaining children’s emotional, cognitive, linguistic,
physical, and social development.
2. Explain the ecological view of young children’s development.
3. Discuss the interaction of nature/nurture on development.
4. Apply developmental theories to provided observations of young children.


-Child development social, physical, intellectual and emotional from 0-19
-External factors impacting on the developing child
-Understanding children and young people's responses to their world
-Introduction of a range of relevant theories in relation to physical and cognitive developmental research of children 0-19
-Opportunity to draw on ongoing work experience and to apply and test learning in the work setting

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours83.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Time for private study is expected to break down as follows:
Independent Online Learning
VLE preparation for seminars – 35 hours
Web-based research – 48 hours
Total 83 hours

The use of blended learning will require the students to engage in weekly preparation at their own pace. The students will be encouraged to use the online materials and read appropriate texts, academic books and peer review articles to expand their learning. They will also be encouraged to develop learning sets to enhance their own learning experience.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be ongoing monitoring of student progress throughout the module via student engagement in each taught session and via the follow up seminars. Access to tutors is also available via tutorials and e-mail.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work2,500 word Observation Report60.00
In-course MCQTest on Child Development theory40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2022 16:33:43


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