Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Child Development
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  (1,500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (48 hour take home examination)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (1,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   (48 hour take home examination)  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject, including specialist concepts and methodologies.

Critically evaluate concepts and theories of child development.

Form coherent arguments in discussing issues related to child development.

Demonstrate a competent use of relevant source material.

Brief description

This module introduces students to the methods of child study, child-care practices and the developmental psychology of Piaget. Through these, it examines the development of intelligence, personality and perception in children.


Lectures are based on the following topics:

1. Introduction: What is Psychology?
2. Nature Versus Nurture
3. Visual and Audio Perception
4. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development
5. More Piaget and some Alternatives
6. Nature of Intelligence
7. Intelligence Testing
8. Shaping of Personality
9. Attachment and Parenting Practices
10. Cultural Differences in Attachment

Seminars are based on the following:

1. Revision of Study Skills and Collecting Data (Followed by literature review assessment)
2. Perspectives of Childhood
3. Nature/Nurture (Followed by reports)
4. Piaget
5. Presentations 1 on Above topics
6. Eugenics
7. Intelligence Testing
8. Child Care Practices
9. Cultural Differences in Attachment
10. Presentations 2: On above topics

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessment.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar activities and feedback from assessed work.
Information Technology Students are encouraged to word process assignments.
Personal Development and Career planning Not developed in this module.
Problem solving An essential element in the process of critical assessment.
Research skills Bibliographic searches.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group presentations and debates.


This module is at CQFW Level 4