Making connections: How children develop

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
14 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C800JS Psychology,
BSC C800NS Psychology

Module description

This module builds on the 2nd year module Developmental Psychology in order to provide a greater understanding of the relation between brain development and the development of skills in infants and children, and will provide insights into applied developmental psychology.

The topics range from typical and atypical development to how neuroscience can inform educational practices, and may include: prenatal brain development, the development of the sense of self and self control, infant and children attachment and social skills, neurodevelopmental disorders and applied neuroscience.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide final year undergraduate students with a deep understanding of the connections between brain development and child behaviour and skills, and how neuroscience can inform educational practices

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Understand how the brain develops from prenatal stages and how such development is connected to children’s developing skills and observable behaviour.

  2. Understand the development of the sense of self, how children learn self control and social skills.

  3. Understand neuroscientific findings that are providing insight into neurodevelopmental disorders.

  4. Communicate complex information about the relationship between the brain and development in a way appropriate for non-psychologists.

Module information

Learning outcome 1 will be assessed by the essay (first coursework), learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4 will be assessed by the learning material (second coursework).

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week.


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   Essay    40% 
Coursework   Learning Material    60% 

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%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Silvia Rigato, email:
Dr Silvia Rigato



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 110 hours, 20 (18.2%) hours available to students:
90 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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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