This module investigates common forms of neurodevelopmental disorder. The goal of the module is to help students understand the behavioural manifestations of these disorders, as well as their possible psychological/cognitive, neurobiological, and/or etiological (genetic/environmental) causes. Moreover, the module will explore some characteristic approaches that clinicians take when attempting to support people with these disorders and remediate the difficulties that these people experience. Finally, students will learn to evaluate critically pieces of research on developmental psychopathology in terms of study findings, conceptual underpinnings, and/or methodological approaches
Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours: 200
Compulsory for the MSc in Developmental Psychology
Optional module for the following Masters Programmes:
Social & Applied Psychology; Research Methods; Cognitive Psychology & Neuropsychology.
Method of assessment
Examination 2 hours 60%
Essay 2,000 words 40%
Reassessment methods: Like for like.
Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)
This module covers a variety of materials, not available in a single textbook. The main teaching materials are journal articles; these articles will be suggested and made available throughout the module. However, two texts that are recommended for general background reading are:
• Hulme, C., & Snowling, M.J. (2009). Developmental disorders of language, learning, and cognition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
• Marshall, C. (2013). Current issues in developmental disorders. Hove: Psychology Press.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current theories and research in the study of developmental psychopathology.
8.2 Critically evaluate theories of and research into developmental psychopathology, and demonstrating these skills in written form.
8.3 Show critical analysis skills through group discussion.
8.4 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common research methods used to study developmental psychopathology, including the research questions they can be used to answer.
8.5 Gain insight into the key challenges facing clinicians and practitioners who work in educational and clinical settings with people who have developmental disorders.
8.6 Gain insight into the key techniques employed by clinicians and practitioners who work in educational and clinical settings with people who have developmental disorders
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Appraise theories and methods used in the study of developmental psychopathology.
9.2 Work and collaborate with others in reviewing research, and communicate work to an audience via group discussion.
9.3 Solve problems through independent learning and generate ideas about directions for future research.
9.4 Communicate orally and in writing.
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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