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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC5911M Typical and Disordered Development

20 creditsClass Size: 69

Module manager: Dr Hannah Nash

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or a discipline containing a substantial amount of psychology and research methods training.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module focuses on psychological development in the preschool and school years and it will integrate research on both typical development and neuro-developmental disorders.


The objectives of this module are to convey an in-depth consideration of how typical development proceeds in a range of cognitive domains (sleep, motor, language & literacy, memory, attention, social) and of the diagnosis, theories and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders (narcolepsy, DCD, DLD, ADHD, ASD, dyslexia,) associated with these domains. We draw upon both classic and cutting-edge research and theory in the delivery of the module. Module objectives are closely tied to intended knowledge outcomes.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students should be able to:

1. Describe how typical development proceeds in the domains of sleep, motor co-ordination, language & literacy, memory, attention and social skills.
2. Discuss how developmental disorders are identified and diagnosed, critically evaluate the cognitive and biological explanations of these disorders and identify evidence based intervention approaches.
3. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately critically evaluate developmental research.

Skills outcomes
Writing for practitioners

In seminar 2 students will take part in a workshop on writing for practitioners. The skills will feed into the practitioner report.


Each week we will focus on a different domain of development, sleep, motor co-ordination, language & literacy, memory & attention, social skills and neuro-developmental disorders associated with impairment in these domains, Narcolepsy, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and dyslexia.

We will draw upon both classic and recent research in lecture and we will also introduce current debates regarding the identification and treatment of neuro-developmental disorders.

There will be a focus on the virtuous circle between theory, research and practice. In this way the students will gain an appreciation of the direct impact research has on people’s lives.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session12.002.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will have 180 private study hours. We envisage that this time will be spent thus:

Reading for each lecture: 8 x 10 hours = 80 hours
Preparing presentations: 5 hours
Preparing the PBL report: 20 hours
Essay planning, researching, reading and writing = 55 hours
For the remaining 20 hours we anticipate that students will use electronic materials, participate in e-learning, and discussion (peer and online).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored primarily through participation in group discussion in each class session. In addition to week to week discussion there is also a requirement for all students to engage in presenting a research article to other students in seminar 1. Other students plus the academic member of staff will give feedback on these presentations. Seminar 2 will take the form of a workshop on writing for practitioners.

In seminar 1 the students will be assigned to small groups and will be asked to choose a recent research paper that has investigated one or more possible causes of one of the neuro-developmental disorders covered in the module.

The group presentation will require students to engage in team work and provide an opportunity for them to develop their verbal presentation skills.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 word essay65.00
Presentation10 minute oral presentation0.00
Report1000 word practitioner report35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:59:40


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