PS102-4-AU-CO:
Growing in the world

The details
2023/24
Psychology
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
10 August 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA 63C2 Psychological Studies,
BA 63C3 Psychological Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA 63C4 Psychological Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA C801 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C802 Psychology,
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C810 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C800 Psychology,
BSC C803 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C811 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C806 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C808 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
BSC C809 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC999 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
MSCICA98 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
MSCICA99 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C814 Psychology with Economics,
BSC C815 Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C816 Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C817 Psychology with Economics (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C680 Sport and Exercise Psychology,
BSC C681 Sport and Exercise Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BSC C682 Sport and Exercise Psychology (including Placement Year)

Module description

This module will introduce students to how humans grow and develop in the world. The principal approaches to the study of human development will be discussed, with a particular focus on how infants take their first "psychological steps" in the social world. Students will also develop the research and analysis skills that are needed to answer different questions about how humans grow in the world.


Newborns are totally dependent on others. They are unable to move or sit up; they cannot reach out and pick up an object; their vision is poor; they cannot even express simple emotions. By the end of the developmental process, some 20 years later, humans have become the most psychologically complex things we know. How does this happen?

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To provide students with knowledge of the main theoretical and methodological approaches in developmental psychology, as well as a more in-depth understanding of early social development.

  • To provide students with the opportunity to learn how to represent the relationship between continuous variables, how to conduct literature searches, how to structure an introduction section, and how to reference in APA style. These skills will be applied when creating a graph and when writing the introduction section to a scientific report.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Understand some of the main theoretical and methodological approaches in developmental psychology.

  2. Acquire a more in-depth understanding of early social development in infants.

  3. Learn how to describe and graphically represent the relationship between continuous variables.

  4. Learn how to write the introduction to a scientific report.

  5. Master the skills required to conduct literature searches and to reference in APA style.

Module information

This module provides an introduction to theories and approaches in developmental psychology. This may include the theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, as well as the approaches of behaviourism, cognitivism and evolutionary psychology. An introduction to the early development of social understanding including how and why infants imitate others.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Nine lectures and six practical lab classes.
  • Weekly drop-in support sessions.

Lectures will be focused on answering fundamental questions in developmental psychology. Each question will be addressed by providing background knowledge of the research area before focusing in on specific research questions and findings. These will be used to explain the methodological principles and some basic statistical techniques commonly used in studying development. Students will be encouraged to participate in lectures though discussion groups, asking questions, and also through the use of digital interactive platforms. This will ensure that the learning environment is inclusive for all students.

Lab classes will be used to provide students the opportunity to implement the statistical methods that are discussed during the lectures, and also for further discussion.

Drop-in support sessions will provide an additional safety net for students to seek further assistance for anything that they are struggling with. Discussion forums on Moodle will provide an additional platform for students to seek additional support and to identify areas that need further explanation.

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Introduction Section  22/11/2023  40% 
Coursework   Data Presentation - Graph  27/11/2023  20% 
Written Exam  Moodle MCQ test    40% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Andrew Simpson, email: asimpson@essex.ac.uk.

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

Prof Joanne Hudson
Swansea University
Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 81 hours, 62 (76.5%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
13 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Psychology

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