Child Development - PSYC5280

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Katie Goodbun checkmark-circle


The focus of this module is on understanding how children develop. Understanding something of the processes of developmental change is a central part of any psychology degree, and by the end of this module you should be in a better position to understand the significance of child development for human psychology. As the course progresses we will move from issues germane to early infancy, through childhood and the associated social, cognitive and emotional changes the child experiences during that period, concluding with an overall look at the bigger picture.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 25
Private study hours: 125
Total study hours: 150


Compulsory for:
BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
BSc in Psychology
BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology
BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology

Optional for:
BSc Business Psychology
BSc Business Psychology and a Placement Year

Method of assessment

Poster 30%
Examination (2 hrs) 70%*

*This element is pass-compulsory and must be passed outright to achieve the learning outcomes of the module

Reassessment methods: Like for Like.

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of developmental psychology, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge informed by research at the forefront of defined aspects of a discipline (e.g., theory of mind; language acquisition)
Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within developmental psychology (e.g., developing a critical understanding of experimental evidence in relevant areas)
Demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables the student to devise and sustain arguments central to an understanding of contemporary developmental psychology and so be able to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research in the field.
Demonstrate an enhanced conceptual understanding through the provision of information and which leads to enhancing their appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge within developmental psychology
Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;
Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data such that they are in a position to make appropriate evaluations of problems in developmental psychology.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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