Short Title:Child Develop Psychology
Full Title:Child Develop Psychology
Module Code:PSYC H2002
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:• To provide students with an understanding of the nature of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development during the childhood years. • To consider the different methodologies used in studying child development and their relative usefulness in addressing specific issues. • To explore and evaluate the various theoretical approaches to child development. • To consider the practical applications of theoretical knowledge about child development.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate skills of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation in considering theoretical approaches and research in child development.
LO2 Explain the nature of normal child development.
LO3 Explain the practical applications of child development in the area of social care.
LO4 Outline the developmental implications for children of life in State care.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
What is development? Theoretical perspectives. Research strategies. Ethics in research with children.
Foundations of Development
Patterns of Genetic Inheritance. Chromosomal Abnormalities. Prenatal Development.
Neonatal Behavioural Assessment. Competencies of the Newborn. Reflexes. Perceptual Development. Physical and Motor Development. Attachment, Separation and Deprivation.
Developmental Tasks. Physical Growth: The Timing of Maturation, Puberty. A Crisis of Identity.
Cognitive and Language Development. Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development. Vygotsky. The Information Processing Approach. Language Acquisition. Skinner - Chomsky debate. The social context of early language development; Personality and Social Development. Emotional Development. Temperament. The Self and Social Understanding. Moral Understanding. Sex Differences and Sex Roles. Play and learning.
Contexts for Development
The Family, School and Peer Relationships. Socialisation within the family: parenting styles, siblings. The child's relationship with other children: the development of peer sociability, peer acceptance and popularity, bullying.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment The assessment will examine the practical applications and implications of governmental strategies to promote better the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of childrem 3,4 50.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 50.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Hayes, N. 2005, Early Childhood: An Introductory Text, 3rd ed. Ed., Gill & Macmillan
  • Santrock, J.W. 2007, Child development, 11th ed. Ed., McGraw Hill
Recommended Book Resources
  • Daniel, B., Wassell, S. & Gilligan, R. 1999, Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers, Jessica Kingley
  • Goswami, U. 2004, Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Wiley
  • Kroger, J. 2006, Identity Development: Adolescence through Adulthood, Sage
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 3 Mandatory