Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ERPM006: Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary over time, the syllabus will consider a range of issues that relate to both cognition and development. The syllabus will consider theory, research and methodology in these areas of study. Content is likely to maintain a focus on:

-       Research approaches for the investigation of cognition and development, particularly in relation to children and young people

-       Classic and contemporary theoretical perspectives in cognitive and developmental psychology

-       Major issues addressed by cognitive and developmental psychologists (e.g. intellectual development, memory, developmental stages, intelligence and metacognition)

-      ‘Real world’ problems of concern to cognitive and developmental psychologists (e.g. behaviour, thought, language, attention and control)

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching33Combined seminar and lecture sessions
Guided Independent Study25Reading (textbooks, journal articles, web resources and lecture slides) in preparation for taught sessions and for assessment
Guided Independent Study65Work on formative and summative assessment
Guided Independent Study10Collation and review of lecture and seminar materials
Guided Independent Study17Undertaking additional class tasks and activities (e.g. on ELE) and preparing for seminars

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

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