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PgDip Applied Developmental Psychology

Academic Year 2021/22

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Programme Title

PgDip Applied Developmental Psychology

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

PSY-PD-AD

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100952

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Psychology

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Psychology (2019)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

To provide graduate students with the opportunity for advanced study of specialist topics in the area of applied developmental psychology

To encourage graduate students to apply basic developmental science to real world contexts

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Show a high level of scientific reasoning, linking and evaluating theory and evidence in developmental psychology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks

Methods of Assessment

Informally assessed through class discussion and exercises. Formally through coursework such as essays, literature reviews and presentations, policy briefing

Contrast different levels of explanation in developmental psychology, examine their implications and recognise their limitations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks, project work

Methods of Assessment

Essay, literature reviews, proposal, presentations

Critically analyse research studies, commenting both on theory, methods and conclusions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essay, literature reviews, ethics submission, presentations

Reflect on how theory and research can inform interventions and practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Policy briefing

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The recent history of developmental psychology in relation to theoretical approaches to applied contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, talks, and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations

Different levels of explanation in accounting for children’s development.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, talks, and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations

Theories and research related to specific applications of developmental psychology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, talks, and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essays, poster, literature reviews, presentations

Practical issues relating to research and/or intervention with children at risk of adverse outcomes due to adversity or common neurodevelopmental disorders.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, talks and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations

Basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation, data analysis and techniques and how they relate to basic and applied issues in child development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, dissertation supervision

Methods of Assessment

Class tests, coursework portfolios

The ethical conduct of research with human participants, specifically with children

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, dissertation supervision

Methods of Assessment

Ethics submission, dissertation, project report

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Show competence in a range of methods to analyse both quantitative and qualitative data using statistical packages, if appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Statistics portfolios, ethics assignment

Use a variety of psychological tools relevant for working with children, e.g., psychometric tests, laboratory equipment, specialist software.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, research supervisor meetings

Methods of Assessment

Funding proposal, essays, presentations

Write well-structured and well –argued prose, using style and conventions appropriate for publishing in the psychology literature.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, research

Methods of Assessment

Essays, funding proposal. ethics assignment

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate ideas, principles, theories and research findings by oral and written means

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks, project work

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, posters, presentations

Elicit high quality information and data from field sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, Project work

Methods of Assessment

Project report, essays

Use information technology (e.g. WWW, bibliographic data bases such as Psych info, word processors, statistics packages)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, project work

Methods of Assessment

All coursework but especially statistics portfolios, posters and essays

Conduct themselves in a professional (accountable, responsible, ethical) self-regulated and constructively critical fashion

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework

Use interpersonal and social skills as appropriate

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, workshops, project work

Methods of Assessment

Peer reviews

Pursue continuous improvement via self-reflection and other forms of professional and personal development activity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student-self-assessment will be promoted through Personal Development Planning.

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 1

PSY7063

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Data Analysis 1

PSY7065

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 2

PSY7064

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood Adversity: From Basic Science To Improving Outcomes

PSY7108

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Atypical Development In An Educational Context

PSY7107

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Psychological Methods in Developmental Research

PSY7034

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Theoretical Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development

PSY7081

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Mastering Your Leadership

PSY7110

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Introduction to Therapeutic Skills

PSY7109

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Research Skills

PSY7031

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Data Analysis 2

PSY7066

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students must take two of the four 10 credit options in Semester 2. Students must take at least one of PSY7064 or PSY7066. Students have the option to take either PSY7109 or PSY7110, or neither, but not both.