Module Information

Module Identifier
PS31820
Module Title
Child Language: Development and Assessment
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Jane Morgan (Principal Lecturer - Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Dr Jelena Havelka (Lecturer - University of Leeds)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 1 x 2 Hour Seminar
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2000 word essay  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment 2000 word essay  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  If students fail the module overall, any failed component must be re-sat or determined as the Examination Board sees fit.   60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate thorough understanding of the methods used to research language development in infants, toddlers and young children.

2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the cognitive mechanisms underpinning the development of communication and language in humans.

3. Critically evaluate contemporary perspectives in lexical acquisition.

4. Score and evaluate Verbal IQ tests suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years.

5. Identify and explain the cognitive underpinnings of language disorders, and understand the methods used to conduct research comparing clinical and typical populations.

Aims

Language is central to human cognition as well as being unique to our species. Knowledge of the cognitive/socio-cognitive mechanisms underpinning language acquisition is therefore pivotal to understanding human development more broadly. This module is both theoretical and applied in nature, as it teaches about the methods involved in using psychometric tests to assess language skills in toddlers, children and adolescents, as well as theory. Learning how to interpret standardised psychometric test scores within the context of population and age is a highly valuable and transferrable research skill.

Brief description

The module will look at pre-verbal communication in infancy and the development of verbal communication during toddlerhood. It will cover major and contemporary theories of lexical acquisition, and teach about the nature and application of psychometric testing in the assessment of language. The module will also take a look at developmental disorders of language, and how language research is conducted when typical and clinical populations are compared.

Content

.Psychological research methods in child language development.
.Preverbal communication: Developmental milestones.
.Major and contemporary theories of lexical acquisition.
.Psychometric testing of language skills.
.Developmental disorders of language.
.Comparisons of typical and clinical populations in language research.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The essay and the exam, will engage students in thinking about how to best summarise, evaluate and present their findings following literature reviews in written form.
Improving own Learning and Performance Throughout the module students will be stimulated to develop their own taking on published research and theory in child language. Further developing analytical skills will contribute to students’ intellectual development and performance in examinations.
Information Technology Word processing for the submission of coursework; electronic data base searching, e.g. Web of Science, Pubmed, PsycArticles.
Personal Development and Career planning The module's coursework components will further develop students' communication and time-management skills. In addition, learning how to administer, score and evaluate psychometric tests will provide students with a highly valuable and transferable skill that has applications in educational and clinical settings, as well as in private sector employment.
Problem solving Problem solving and developing analytical, independent intellectual thinking are key goals of this module. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to think critically about the ways in which psychologists have gone about researching language development in young children, and about the ways in which methods used in particular studies could have been improved.
Research skills The essay will reflect students' independent research skills, including reviewing literatures and the use of psychology and medical databases (e.g. PsycArticles; Pubmed).
Subject Specific Skills A unique component of this module is the learning of how to use psychometric tests.
Team work The seminar involves group discussions on the use and scoring of psychometric tests.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6