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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2044094, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/04 Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 VALENZA ELOISA (Presidente)
FARRONI TERESA (Membro Effettivo)
LEO IRENE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of Developmental Psychology and Developmental Neuropsychology is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim is to offer students the following knowledge
1) To Know the relevance of a developmental perspective to understand the architecture and the functioning of human mind.
2) To Know deeply the neurocostructivist approach.
3) To Know the multiple factors that affect typical, at-risk and atypical development.
Examination methods: The assessment method is written with 4 open questions. The examination will last 1.30 hr. The final grade is expressed as the average of the scores obtained in each question. Foreign students will have the opportunity to take the exam in English.
Assessment criteria: Students are requested:
1) to know the theoretical central issue of cognitive developmental.
2) to know some of the more representative experiments and researchs.
3)to use the terminology of the cognitive developmental psychology appropriately
4)to show critical skills concerning the topic.
Course unit contents: 1) Developmental Cognitive neuroscience
2) Neurocostructivism approach: implications for developmental disorders
3) Early marker of atypica development
4) sensory and social deprivation
5) prematurity and sensitive periods
6) Promote learning processes
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. Additional articles will be agreed with the student.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Eloisa Valenza e Chiara Turati, Promuovere lo sviluppo della mente. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2019. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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