Child development: an introduction ADED11448E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Child development from pre-birth through to adolescence is explored considering the influence of psychological theory and research on our understanding of brain development, language, cognition, social and emotional development. Students will learn about typical and atypical development and how theory can inform teaching and parenting practice.


Block 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Days and times TBC

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Multiple choice quiz (25%)


1500-word essay (75%)


Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to key topics and psychological theory related to child development including a focus on:

■ Cognitive, language, emotional and social development

■ Atypical development and its implications for supporting children

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify and outline a variety of theoretical approaches related to child development

■ Describe some of the key features of children's social, emotional and cognitive development

■ Apply their knowledge of child psychology to explain features of atypical development

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.