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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Psychology

PSYC41715: Advanced Developmental Psychology Review

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to C8K009 Developmental Psychopathology
Tied to C8K107 Research Methods (Developmental Psychology)

Prerequisites

  • None

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

  • To provide training in the creation and delivery of literature reviews
  • To provide advanced analysis of key topics in the field of developmental psychology

Content

  • This module examines specific topics in developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology
  • Specific topics covered will vary from year to year as a function of changes in trends in relevant literature
  • The module will provide the basis for a student led literature review examining key issues within the topic. The issues covered will likely include:
  • Introduction to relevant methods
  • Use of tools for literature reviews: internet, databases and search skills
  • Dissemination and presentation: writing styles and strategies, oral presentations
  • Use and misuse of relevant methodologies
  • Common errors within relevant literature in data handling and interpretation

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Critical understanding of current issues surrounding specific topics in developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology
  • The ability to critically evaluate published research within relevant literature
  • The ability to determine the shape and direction of a specific research field
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Capabilities for managing literature conceptually and practically
  • Knowledge of relevant methods and issues within relevant literature
Key Skills:
  • Written communication skills
  • Transferable skills relevant for personal development, such as the development of oral and written communication as well as time management skills

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The seminars and supervisor sessions will help the student critically evaluate published research within relevant literature and develop a critical understanding of current issues surrounding specific topics in developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology
  • The seminars and supervisor sessions will guide the student's knowledge of relevant methods and issues within relevant literature and develop the student's capabilities for managing literature conceptually and practically
  • Supervision contact will develop the student's ability to determine the shape and direction of their review
  • This module is assessed formatively by an oral presentation
  • Summative assessment of this module is a written assignment which will assess the student's written communication skills

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 3 1 2 hours 6
Supervision Sessions 4 1 1 hours 4
Preparation and reading 140
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 3500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Oral presentation (in supervision session)


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University