Child development: an introduction ADED11448E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

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

Thursdays, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





In Week 6 students will submit one short answer 1000-word assignment (60%). The questions will relate to topics covered and will encourage students to pull together learning from across the course and the literature.


In Week 10 students will undertake a final online test (40%) which will be open for the duration of the final week of the course.  Students will be required to undertake three short answer questions.  Students will be encouraged to research the answers, and collaborative learning with peers will help reinforce the learning process.

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:

■ 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.