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PS353 - Developmental Psychopathology

  • Module code: PS353
  • Module name: Developmental Psychopathology
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"This is an advanced course focusing on the development of problems or disorders that have their onset in infancy, childhood or adolescence. Developmental Psychopathology combines thinking from Clinical and Developmental Psychology and is interested in understanding the origins, the development and processes that lead to psychopathology and to impairment in everyday functioning. "

Principal learning outcomes

"At the end of the module, students should be able to: Understand how psychiatric classification systems work and critically reflect on their advantages but also disadvantages; Have a good understanding of the major concepts and terms in Developmental Psychopathology; Be aware of the definitions, prevalence, development and prognosis of the disorders covered in the course; Identify the aspects of the environment, parenting and within child characteristics that have been identified to lead to different infant or childhood/adolescence onset disorders; Be aware of some treatment approaches of dealing with common infancy problems such as excessive crying, feeding or sleeping problems; Show a thorough understanding of the role of the environment and genetics in the development of disorders; Demonstrate knowledge of different methodological approaches to the study of psychopathology. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Length of module: 12 weeks. One lecture per week; one seminar per week. Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS353-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 30%
Assessed Course Work 3%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 34%
locally Adminstered Exam 33%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4