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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6074659, 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
PS2292, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
Laboratory 3.0 21 54.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
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)

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: The exam will take place during the last lesson of the course or on a date established ad hoc by the teacher. It will focus on the contents discussed during the course, with particular reference to the application and operational components learned. The modalities of the examination will therefore be in line with the experiential techniques already used during the lessons, and aim at verifying the extent to which students have acquired the pragmatic components of the instruments, techniques and / or models presented during classroom activities.
Ongoing evaluations of the skills acquired during the laboratory.
Assessment criteria: Since the laboratory consists of a professionalizing and experiential teaching formula, the evaluation criteria of students learning will focus specifically on these aspects. Particular emphasis will be placed on the empirical, clinical and operational implications of the tools, as well as on the methods and techniques presented during the laboratory. Further elements contributing to the definition of the final evaluation will be students active participation during the lessons, the activities carried out autonomously for the application of the contents presented, and the participatory and shared presence in the working groups.
Course unit contents: The course of "Indicatori di rischio in epoca neonatale e nell'infanzia" is part of the set of laboratories offered within the Second Cycle Degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology. The laboratory activity will be provided in small groups (maximum 20 students) in the presence of the professor. Experiential and professionalizing learning techniques will be used.

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: Classroom activities require the regular attendance of students, who will be divided into small groups to facilitate their learning process in terms of the professional and experiential basis of the contents that define the laboratory activities themselves. In this perspective, students participation in at least 70% of the lessons is recommended to allow for an in-depth understanding of the learning contents. Group work in the classroom is an integral part of the teaching method of the laboratory and is one of the learning activities, in addition to the assessment of students’individual contribution. Students who, for exceptional reasons, are unable to attend are advised to contact the professor in a timely manner to arrange for alternative activities.
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
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Use of online videos

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