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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC3410 Intercalated Programme: Advanced Developmental Psychology

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Tom Muskett

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 1 & 2 Medicine or Dentistry MChD or BChD or Successful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 2 of BA Philosophy, Psychology & Scientific thought (and its International and Industrial variants)

This module is mutually exclusive with

PSYC2510Advanced Developmental Psychology

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to provide in depth coverage of key concepts in developmental psychology, and will be taught by a team of experts in this field. Students will continue to develop their knowledge of this discipline with particular emphasis on the research expertise of the module team.


The module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of research in developmental psychology, developing the students' critical understanding of key theoretical and empirical work in these areas.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of classic and recent work in developmental psychology;
- show critical understanding of both cognitive and social development, and how environmental factors affect both of those
- describe and evaluate key models, frameworks and research methods in this area;
- reflect on the theoretical and practical implications of the issues covered.
-integrate information from across the different topics to show an holistic understanding of childhood development.

Sudents will be able to read and critically summarise a journal article.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to consider how theory and research are integrated within the field of developmental psychology, and how theory and research are applied to real world contexts, demonstrating these through critical review of published literature.


Memory; cognition; attachment; social behaviour; developmental disorders; the developing brain; contexts for development; psychological frameworks for development; adult development and ageing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session12.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment10.500.50
Private study hours82.50
Total Contact hours17.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

4 hours preparation for each lecture: 40 hours
Researching and writing coursework essay: 20 hours
Preparation for end of semester exam, critique and tutorial: 22.5 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Mid-term formative MCQ test (online).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignmentmax. 1000 words50.00
Critique500 words20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

The coursework is a compulsory component of the module assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

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: 06/02/2024


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