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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC1414 Introduction to Typical and Atypical Child Development

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Samantha Shaw

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 typical and atypical child development from a number of perspectives including relationships with the environment, family, culture and society.


1. Explore child development from cognitive, social, cultural, emotional and physical perspectives
2. Analyse the spectrum of child development from typical to atypical
3. Evaluate theories in relation to the development of cognition, attachment, language and communication.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of and evaluate theories of children’s and young people's physical, cognitive and social development, both typical and atypical

2. Demonstrate understanding of and evaluate theories of children’s and young people's language and communication development, both typical and atypical

3. Explore and analyse children’s and young people's development from differing cultural perspectives

4. Explore and analyse theories of children’s and young people's development in relation to their environment and primary carers

5. Apply understanding of child development, both typical and atypical, to practice in education or education-related settings

Skills outcomes
As part of this module, students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook


Indicative Content
Typical and atypical child development including social, physical, cognitive and emotional development from 0-19

- External factors impacting on the developing child
- Children’s and young people's responses to their environment
- Introduction of a range of relevant theories of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children 0-19
- Opportunity to draw on experience and to apply and evaluate learning in workplace setting

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours80.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The student will be encouraged to use the online materials in the VLE and read appropriate texts, academic books and peer review articles to expand their learning. They will also be encouraged to reflect on their learning in the context of their own workplace.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be ongoing monitoring of student progress throughout the module via student engagement in lecture and seminars, and via formative feedback on assignment drafts. There will also be tutorials to monitor progress. Access to tutors is always available via e-mail and telephone.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case Study2,500 words60.00
PosterInformation Poster (1,500 word equivalent)40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Assignment 1 Information poster 1500 words Choose an age group (birth - year 1, 1-3, 3-5; 5-7,7-11, Teenage) and a type of development (physical, social, emotional) and produce a poster that could be displayed in locations such as nurseries, schools, health centres, highlighting: 1. Developmental characteristics, both typical & atypical (focus on one area of SEND for atypical) 2. Potential barriers to development 3. Key theorists - brief mention 4. Strategies to encourage & develop learning

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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