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Health and Life Sciences Department of Psychology Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing a research training foundation course appropriate for potential doctoral students. This course is designed to increase the depth and breadth of your understanding of children?s development and to develop research skills specific to the area of developmental psychology. The programme covers cognitive and social aspects of development and atypical development. You will develop your knowledge of the methods used in the investigation of children's development as well as your understanding of theories and research advances in this domain. The course also includes some training in statistics and research design. A research-based dissertation is an important part of the programme and provides an opportunity to work under the supervision of an experienced research academic in developmental psychology. The course aims to develop your: ability to critically evaluate contemporary evidence and issues in the promotion of children's development ability to plan, design and carry out research in the domain of developmental psychology knowledge and experience of different research methods in the study of children's psychological development knowledge of theories about children's cognitive, affective, social and cultural development own ideas and interests in the domain of child development capacity to communicate and collaborate in the construction of knowledge about children's development. Modules Introduction to Theory and Methods in Research (20 M-level CATS credits) advances students' knowledge of theory and research methods and provides the opportunity for reflection on the nature of scientific inquiry and the advancement of psychological science. The syllabus covers qualitative methods and philosophy of science observation, ethnography and case studies in psychological research the interview as a method of data collection theoretical and methodological approaches in the analysis of interviews quantitative methods the use of computational models of cognitive processes and the use of psychometric methods critical analysis of research papers and methods. Research Methods in Developmental Psychology (20 M-level CATS credits) focuses on conceptual, design, and analytic issues in research on child development. Topics include the nature of child development, central questions in developmental psychology, research paradigms and research designs. The module also provides hands-on experience of a range of analytical techniques and tools in developmental psychology research, including the analysis of observational, cross-sectional, longitudinal, interview and psychometric data. Statistical Analysis of Psychological Data (20 M-level CATS credits) advances students' knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques of analysis, building on students' knowledge of statistics acquired at undergraduate level. Covers standard and advanced statistical theory and methods providing an opportunity to consolidate and extend statistical expertise in descriptive and inferential statistics. It also provides an introduction to multinomial and multivariate analysis, and analysis of data using SPSS. Cognitive and Social Development (40 M-level CATS credits) provides you with a socio-cultural view of development and how education impacts on development and cognition. Topics covered include paradigms for analysing cognitive developmental theory, reasoning, memory and executive function culture and cognition, socialisation, and identity understanding others, the social world and moral development children in schools children in interactions with caregivers gender roles in development and language development in relation to reading and writing. Atypical Development (20 M-level CATS credits) enables you to develop a critical understanding of key aspects of cognition, their biological basis and their development. Topics covered include
Health and Life Sciences Department of Psychology Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing a research training foundation course appropriate for potential doctoral students. This course is designed to increase the depth and breadth of your understanding of children?s development and to develop research skills specific to the area of developmental psychology. The programme covers cognitive and social aspects of development and atypical development. You will...