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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1030515, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ELOISA VALENZA M-PSI/04
Other lecturers IRENE LEO M-PSI/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/04 Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 VALENZA ELOISA (Presidente)
LEO IRENE (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 VALENZA ELOISA (Presidente)
FARRONI TERESA (Membro Effettivo)
LEO IRENE (Membro Effettivo)
5 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 VALENZA ELOISA (Presidente)
FARRONI TERESA (Membro Effettivo)
LEO IRENE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of General Psychology is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to explain the basic theories and methods in the field of Developmental Psychology, focusing on typical development in motor, perceptual, cognitive, emotional and social areas. Moreover the main mechanisms and the factors affecting the development will be presented.
Examination methods: The assessment method is written with 30 multiple choice and 3 open questions. The examination will last 2 hours. Foreign students will have the opportunity to take the exam in English.
Assessment criteria: Students are requested to know the main developmental processes (biological, cognitive and socioemotianal), periods (prenatal period, infancy, early, middle and late childhood and adolescence) and issues in development (nature and nurture debate; continuity and discontinuity) and the effects of changing in a specific area on other developmental areas.
Course unit contents: 1) Central issues in Developmental Psychology
2) Instruments and methods in the field of Developmental Psychology
3) Perceptual and motor Development
4) Cognitive Development
5) Language Development
6) Emotional and Affective Development
7) Social and Moral Development
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The theoretical issues will be explained in their general aspects. Students are requested to integrate the lessons with the recommended reading. During the lessons some representative experiments and some videotapes on development will be presented
Additional notes about suggested reading: Upon request, the bibliography will be available in English.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Santrock J.W., Psicologia dello Sviluppo. Milano: McGraw-hill, 2017. (edizione italiana a cura di D. Rollo) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Macchi Cassia V., Valenza E., Simion F., Lo sviluppo della mente umana. Bologna: il Mulino, 2012. esclusi capitoli 7, 8 e 9 Cerca nel catalogo