Core Module Information
Module title: Psychology of Child Development

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY08100
Module leader: Marina Wimmer
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

PSY07103 Introduction to Psychology

Description of module content:

Children's development from 0-12 years will be covered in this module. Introduction to the theories of child development, study methods and ethics in child psychology. Biological and evolutionary background to behavioural and pre-natal development. Piaget and Piagetian research; cognitive and emotional development. Information processing approaches to cognitive development. Cognitive capacities; perception, communication and the theory of mind. Social development; parent/child attachment, identity, peer relationships and play.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Demonstrate knowledge of alternative theoretical perspectives in the study of developmental psychology.
LO2: Demonstrate a knowledge of the developmental processes involved in children's perception, cognition, language acquisition, moral reasoning, social and emotional relationships.
LO3: Describe current research into child development.
LO4: Develop oral and written communication skills.
LO5: Develop analytical and evaluation skills.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Marina Wimmer
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The primary focus of this module is on face to face teaching. Tutorials will be interactive and include problem-solving activities (LO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5). Material introduced to the students will be looked at in further detail in the tutorials. You will be introduced to the literature week by week which will enable your understanding of the theories and concepts relevant to Child Development.

Formative Assessment:
Preparation for the class test will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of developmental theories and the processes involved in development (LO 1+2). Weekly practice questions will be available prior to the class test. Learning outcomes and suggested further reading will be available for each topic on the module so that the students can revise effectively for the exam. In addition, tutorial support will be offered to you in order to prepare you for the exams.

Summative Assessment:
The knowledge gained for the [50 minute] class test will be further enhanced by analysing and evaluating current research which is required for the final exam (LO 1, 2,3,4 & 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 21
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Face To Face Tutorial 9
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 30 1,2 9 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY08100 Psychology of Child Development