20 credits at level HE4
1.To introduce key theories, approaches and concepts in developmental, social and personality psychology.
2.To examine the use of empirical evidence in evaluating theories and conceptual conflicts.
Motor and perceptual development, early language development, cognitive development, the nature-nurture debate.
The psychodynamic approach to personality, the behaviourest approach to personalit, the humanistic approach, the biological and social learning approaches.
Group processes, social influence, attraction and aggression, attitudes and prejudice.
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of teaching, a study/ revision week followed by an end of module exam in week 14.
This module introduces students to key concepts in developmental, personality and social psychology. Teaching and learning will run over 12 (2-3 hour) sessions, these sessions will typically be based around a lecture (2 hours per week) focusing on theoretical approaches or concepts. The lectures will be accompanied by a variety of other class activities (1 hour) in which students will be involved in discussions, debates, watching video materials, and computer based learning. These activities are designed to enhance students understanding of developmental, social and personality psychology and develop their critical/evaluative thinking.
Learning outcome 1 is assessed through three MCQ in-class assignments presented by Web-CT, one on each acpect. Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be assessed through one final year examination.
Module time allocations are:
Class contact = 24 - 36 hours
Time limited assessment = 2 hours
Private study = 161 hours (to include recommended reading, independent study, preparation of coursework, and revision)
TOTAL = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||demonstrate knowledge of the main characteristics of key theoretical approaches in social, developmental and personality psychology.||
define key concepts of social, developmental and personality psychology
|2.||appreciate the importance of research findings and use such findings to evaluate theories, issues and controversies.||
describe accurately theoretical explanation of these concepts
|3.||identify the strengths and weaknesses of key
theoretical approaches in social, developmental, and personality psychology.
outline the strengths and weaknesses of theoretical approaches
|4.||demonstrate appropriate communication skills.||
present their ideas in a clear, succinct, coherent and readable manner.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2-hours seen examination||3 MCQ In-class assignments|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Gross, R. (2005). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour (5th ed.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.
Hogg, M. & Vaughan, G. (2005). Social psychology (4th ed.). Essex: Pearson Education Limited.
Mischel, W. ; Shoda, Y. & Smith, R. (2003). Introduction to personality (7th ed.). Wiley.
Smith, P.K., Cowie, H. & Blades, M. (2003) Understanding children's development (4th ed.). Oxford: Blackwell.
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