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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1030515, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
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
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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
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)

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of General Psychology is required.
Target skills and knowledge: Students should acquire the following knowledge and skills:
- Knowing the basic theoretical constructs of the main psychological theories and the methods used for studying development.
- Knowing the main stages of perceptual, motor, cognitive, emotional and social development.
- Knowing the many factors that influence the development and the mutual relationships between the development of different domains.
- Knowing the practical implications of this knowledge on clinical and educational Psychology.
Examination methods: Learning assessment takes place through a final exam, which ascertains the acquisition of the knowledge and skills expected.
The final exam consists of a written test that includes 3 open questions (each evaluated in thirtieths) and 30 multiple choice questions (1 point for each correct answer). The student will have 2 hours of time available. The final grade is calculated as the average of the scores obtained in each of the open questions and in the sum of the scores obtained in the multiple choice questions. Registration is mandatory through UniWeb. In case of problems attributable to (mal)functioning of UniWeb, please contact the competent technical-administrative staff before the deadline for registering. 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: During lectures each topic will be treated in his general aspects. Students will then have to deepen each topic covered in class using textbooks. During the lessons, some of the most representative experiments related to the course program will be presented. The classroom hours will be devoted to deepening the topics covered in class through the projection of audiovisuals and their discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teaching material presented during the lectures (PowerPoint slides) will be made available on the Moodle platform. English language study material will be provided to foreign students upon request.
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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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