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Development, Difference & Diversity 4H PSYCH4051

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide an analysis of the nature, origins, developmental course and provision for atypical development. It will critically evaluate theories and research related to the psychological development of children with physical disabilities, developmental psychopathologies and gifted development.


10 hours over a 5 week block

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of level 3H psychology single honours

Excluded Courses



The assignment will have two elements 1. Students will design an information pamphlet for families on their chosen area of atypical development, covering information on causes, identification, implications and provision. 2. Students will provide a 2,500 word accompanying critical reflection on the theory and research that informed the content of their information pamphlet.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the abilities of children whose development is in some way different.  It will examine the origins and identification of different forms of atypical development and investigate the psychological and social impact for children.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify the different methodological and ethical complexities associated with research into atypical development:

■ demonstrate an understanding of the role of the environment and genetics in atypical development;

■ discuss issues related to identification of, and provision for, children demonstrating an atypical developmental trajectory.

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.