Core Module Information
Module title: Psychology of Lifespan Development

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY09117
Module leader: Marina Wimmer
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

PSY08100 Psychology of Child Development

Description of module content:

The lifespan development perspective will be introduced by consideration of current theories. Lifespan developmental issues and methodologies will be studied by considering a range of topics, for example:
• Theories of adolescent development from different perspectives.
• Social and cognitive development in adolescence.
• The transition from adolescence to adulthood.
• Adult biological, social and cognitive development.
• Biological, social and cognitive aspects of ageing.
• Attachment through the lifespan.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Analyse the biological, cognitive and social theories and concepts of human development throughout the lifespan.
LO2: Evaluate theories and research methods of developmental perspectives and analyse current debates.
LO3: Develop a critical approach to the research methodologies that are appropriate for developmental psychology.
LO4: Develop analytical and evaluation skills in relation to lifespan development.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Duncan Carmichael
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The theories of lifespan development will be consolidated by including interactive sessions in class time. Classes will consist of lectures and tutorials. Student scholarly skills will be enhanced by being required to apply theoretical considerations to different lifespan transitions. Written communication skills and an understanding of academic analysis will develop as a result of feedback on the coursework drafts (LO 1- 4).

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be offered to students in tutorials and in the review of coursework drafts.

Summative Assessment:
The 1,500 word piece of coursework will focus on analysis of theories relating to a particular developmental topic. Learning outcomes for the lectures and suggestions for further reading will be available for each of the topics on the module so that students can fully prepare for the exam.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 2+3 8 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1+4 14/15 HOURS= 2
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY09117 Psychology of Lifespan Development