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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032366, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1090, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COGNITIVE DISABILITIES
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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 SILVIA LANFRANCHI M-PSI/04

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

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

Course unit organization
Period First 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 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of developmental psychology
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge of the intellectual disabilities. Specifically about the following syndromes: Down, Williams, fragile X, Prader-Willi, Angelman, Rett, Cornelia De Lange, 5p- etc.
Examination methods: Written exams with 4 open questions. Time available: 90 minutes.
Assessment criteria: The exam will test the following aspects:
knowledge of the main topics
use of an appropriate vocabulary
syntesis ability,
appropriate description of studies (topic, hypothesis, methods, participants, results, discussion)
Course unit contents: 1 Attention, memory, intelligence, thinking, language, in individuals with intellectual disability and borderline intellectual functioning
2 Social and emotional development, personality, motivation in individuals with intellectual disabilities or with borderline intellectual functioning.
3 Autism Spectrum disorders.
4Down syndrome: psychological development
5 Genetic syndrome that cause intellectual disability or Borderline intellectual functioning
6 Case analysis
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theoretical lessons and discussion on videos.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For the exam the student has to study three compulsory books and one at his/her choice. Moreover the study of a paper is required.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Vianello, Renzo, Disabilità intellettive. Con aggiornamenti al DSM-5. Bergamo: Edizioni Junior, 2015. Volume obbligatorio Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vianello, Renzo, La sindrome di Down. Sviluppo psicologico e integrazione dalla nascita all'età senile. Bergamo: Edizioni Junior, 2006. Volume obbligatorio Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vianello, Renzo, Potenziali di sviluppo e di apprendimento nelle disabilità intellettive. Indicazioni per gli interventi educativi e didattici.. Trento: Erickson, 2012. Volume obbligatorio. Chi lo ha già studiato per altri esami per laurea triennale a Padova devo sostituirlo con uno di quelli a scelta. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vianello, Renzo; Di Nuovo, Santo; Lanfranchi, Silvia, Bisogni Educativi Speciali: il Funzionamento Intellettivo Limite o Borderline. Bergamo: Edizioni Junior, 2014. Volume a scelta. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vianello, Renzo; Marin, Maria Laura, OLC. Operazioni Logiche e Conservazione. Prove per la valutazione del livello di sviluppo del pensiero logico. Bergamo: Edizioni Junior, 1997. Volume a scelta assieme a Vianello Progetto MS 2000 (obbligatorio uno fra quelli indicati a scelta, oppure due di dimensioni ridotte) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vianello, Renzo, Progetto MS. Strumenti e materiali per il potenziamento del pensiero. Bergamo: Edizioni Junior, 2000. Volume a scelta assieme a Vianello e Marin OLC 1997 (obbligatorio uno fra quelli indicati a scelta, oppure due di dimensioni ridotte) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vianello, Renzo, Disabilità intellettive. Come e cosa fare.. Firenze: GIUNTI EDU, 2018. Volume a scelta. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vianello, Renzo, Insegnare a leggere e Insegnare l'aritmetica. Primi calcoli. Firenze: GIUNTI EDU, 2017. Volumi a scelta (in coppia). Ambedue oggetto d'esame (che verterà sulle basi teoriche). Cerca nel catalogo
  • Annette Karmiloff-Smith , Tamara Al-Janabi , Hana D'Souza , Jurgen Groet , Esha Massand , et al., The importance of understanding individual differences in Down syndrome. --: F1000 Research, 5, 389, 2016. L'articolo sarà disponibile nella piattaforma moodle del corso

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos

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

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