Module Details

Module Code: PSYC N7005X
Full Title: Developmental Psychology (v3)
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 10
Module Owner::
  • Geraldine O'Connor
  • Elaine CoffeyO'connor (Q333)
Departments: Unknown
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.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Describe the contributions of psychological theory to our understanding of children’s cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
MLO2 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.
MLO3 Describe the patterns of physical, cognitive, language, communication, social and emotional development in the early years (birth to 6 years).
MLO4 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.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module 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
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,3
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Formative Assessment; Curriculum Planning; Documentation
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 60
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 2,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
The CA class test can take place in person or on-line outside the class room. All students must undertake the CA class test in the same format.
No Project
No Practical
No Final 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

This module has no Full Time On Campus workload.
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact f2f or webinar Every Week 2.00 2
Online Contact Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact Workshop Twice per semester 0.53 4
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 5.00 5
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 10.00 10
Total Weekly Learner Workload 18.53
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.53
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Berger, K.S.. (2018), The Developing Person Through Childhood (4th Edition), 11th. 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. Worth, [ISBN: 10: 1-4292-4328-7].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bee, H. and Boyd, D. (2012), The Developing Child, 13th. Pearson Education, [ISBN: 13: 9780205844487].
  • Santrock, J.. (2013), Children, 12th. McGraw-Hill, [ISBN: 9780078035128].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources