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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6074659, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS2292, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination RISK FACTORS IN NEWBORNS AND INFANTS
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge ELISA DI GIORGIO M-PSI/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 3.0 21 54.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 DI GIORGIO ELISA (Presidente)
LEO IRENE (Membro Effettivo)
VALENZA ELOISA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 DI GIORGIO ELISA (Presidente)
LEO IRENE (Membro Effettivo)
VALENZA ELOISA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: This course would like to offer an overview of the methods and the marker tasks for the evaluation of cognitive functions at birth and during infancy. The knowledge of developmental cognitive psychology is strongly recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: The main aim of the laboratory is to give an overview of the methods used for studying very young infants both with typical and atypical development, especially babies at high genetic/ familial risk for neuro-developmental disorders (i.e., pre-term infants, at high risk for autism).
Examination methods: Written and/or oral evaluation. Ongoing evaluations of the skills acquired during the laboratory.
Assessment criteria: Will be evaluated:
1- Practical skills during the lab (video coding, etc.).
2- How to ideate, create and then to carry on a research project that will cover the topics discussed during lessons.
Course unit contents: The present course aims to:
- Describe what are the risk factors in the neonatal age as well as in early infancy and how can they be evaluated and monitored
- Describe and discuss research projects related to the study of populations at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders (autism, premature birth)
- Describe how classical assessment scales (NBAS, Griffiths, Uzgiris-Hunt, etc.) can be used together with experimental marker tasks in order to trace developmental trajectories both for typical and atypical development.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The present course includes both theoretical and practical lessons (presentation and discussion of research and / or clinical projects, reading of target articles, video coding and assessment scoring during experimental sessions of infants with typical and atypical development).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Target articles will be discussed during lessons.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos

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

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