Full Title: Developmental Psychology
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:PSYC N7005
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to introduce students to the scientific study of human development. This module will facilitate each students understanding and practice of a scientifically based pedagogy.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe the contributions of psychological theory to our understanding of children’s cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the key role of the pedagogue in shaping child development in the context of individual differences, family and culture, emergent skill development and children’s schemas through the emergent curriculum planning process.
  3. Describe the patterns of physical, cognitive, language, communication, social and emotional development in the early years (birth to 6 years).
  4. Use the Learning Story approach to facilitate the development of resilient self-concepts in young children in relation to their dispositions to explore, think and communicate.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Defining Development
The five characteristics of development; developmental study as a science; cautions from science
Theories of Development
What do theories do. Grand theories; Emergent Theories; What Theories Contribute.
The First Two years
Biosocial Development; Cognitive Development; Psychosocial Development
The Play Years (2-6):
Biosocial Development; Cognitive Development; Psychosocial Development
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Portfolio Formative Assessment; Curriculum Planning; Documentation 1,3 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
Class Test n/a 2,4 60.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture f2f or webinar 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Workshop 4.00 Twice per semester 0.53
Directed Reading No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Independent Study No Description 10.00 Every Week 10.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 17.53
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.53
Recommended Book Resources
  • Berger, K.S. 2018, The Developing Person Through Childhood (4th Edition), 11th Ed., Worth [ISBN: 978-131905813]
  • McMonagle, A. 2012, Professional Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education, DCCC Publishing [ISBN: 978-1-907235-05-4]
  • May, P. 2013, The Thinking Child: Laying the Foundations of Understandings & Competence, Routledge [ISBN: 10: 0415521912]
  • Levine, J. & Munsch, J. 2011, Child Development: An Active Approach, Sage Publications [ISBN: 9781412968508]
  • Lightfoot, C., Cole, M. & Cole, S. 2013, The Development of Children, 7th Ed., Worth [ISBN: 10: 1-4292-4328-7]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bee, H. and Boyd, D 2012, The Developing Child, 13th Ed., Pearson Education [ISBN: 13: 9780205844487]
  • Santrock, J. 2013, Children, 12th Ed., McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 9780078035128]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 3 Mandatory