Developmental Psychology

The details
Kaplan Singapore
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
07 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C800JS Psychology,
BSC C800NS Psychology

Module description

The module provides an introduction to the main theories of developmental psychology with a specific focus on Piaget's theory of development, followed by a topical approach that combines theories and research on prenatal development, early sensorimotor development, cognitive and social development, as well as patterns of behaviour in typical and atypical development. Classical and contemporary theoretical views of child development are contrasted, highlighting key issues and current controversies for each topic. The module also examines methods of research in developmental psychology, and provides an overview of the key ethical issues that surround research with vulnerable populations.

Module aims

The module provides an overview of psychology across the lifespan, with a focus on classical and contemporary theoretical views of child development, whilst highlighting the importance of appropriate research methods and designs. This approach will familiarise students with classic and up-to-date research, and encourage them to carry out independent research of scientific papers and apply the knowledge gained in class to written work (e.g. lab report).

Module learning outcomes

As part of the module’s assessment, students will analyse research data on children’s drawing using tools and methods learned about in class. In addition, they will be evaluated on a multiple-choice questions (MCQ) exam that will test their understanding of the key topics learned throughout the module. The specific learning outcomes are as follows:
1. Apply research methods learned about in class to analyse and report developmental data.
2. Acquire an understanding of key theoretical issues and concepts in developmental psychology.
3. Develop critical thinking skills in evaluating the relative strengths of methodological approaches and theoretical accounts of developmental psychology.
4. Communicate ideas effectively by producing written empirical reports.
Learning outcome 1, 2, 3, and 4 will be assessed by the lab report coursework and learning outcomes 2 and 3 will be assessed by the exam.

Module information

Lectures start on the hour. Please arrive promptly to avoid disrupting the class. There will be a short break halfway through the class. Please ask questions during class if there is anything that is unclear. You will be expected to participate in classroom activities designed to support your learning.

Learning and teaching methods

The module consists of 10 sessions each lasting 2 hours. At the end of each lecture, we will post a series of practice MCQ questions on Moodle to test your understanding of the topics covered during class. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these practice questions after each lecture. This module will be taught by blended learning. This will combine online material and face-to-face sessions where appropriate.


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
Exam  Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 120 minutes during Partnership 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 120 minutes during Partnership 

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
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Andrew Simpson, email:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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