Module Identifier ED11220  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mrs Rosemary O Cann  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Miss Sioned Williams, Mrs Ffion M Hoare  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Two Questions60%
Semester Assessment 1 Bibliographic Exercise of 1000 words  15%
Semester Assessment 1 Essay of 2000 words  25%
Supplementary Assessment All failed elements of the assessments (as described above) must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. New assignment titles and examination paper will be issued.100%

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.

Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate all aspects of the module content

Demonstrate an ability of forming coherent arguments in discussing issues related to child development

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

Reading Lists

** General Text
Cook, Joan Littlefield. (2005.) Child development :principles and perspectives /Joan Littlefield Cook, Greg Cook. Pearson 0205455913
** Recommended Text
(c2003.) Atkinson & Hilgard's introduction to psychology /Edward E. Smith ... [et al.]. Wadworth/Thomson Learning 0155050699
Cohen, David (2001.) How the child's mind develops /David Cohen. Routledge 0415216532
Davenport, G. C. (1994.) An introduction to child development /G.C. Davenport. Collins Educational 0003223558
Smith, Peter K. (2003.) Understanding children's development /Peter K. Smith, Helen Cowie, Mark Blades. Blackwell Pub. 0631228233


This module is at CQFW Level 4