Biological & Developmental Psychology

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biological & Developmental Psychology

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Co-Requisites: PS102, PS104, PS105

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Content: Basic neuroanatomy. Structure and function of the neuron. Neural communication.Genetic and environmental factors. Heredity and prenatal development. Cognitive and intellectual development. Social and emotional changes through infancy and childhood.

    Module Objective: To introduce the study of the brain, neurons and the nervous system. To examine the core principles of development in the period from conception through childhood.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Outline the main facets of how the brain and its constituent nerve cells act to control behaviour;
    -Describe the core principles/areas of developmental change in the period from conception through childhood;
    -Discuss issues that comprise social, emotional or cognitive development throughout childhood;
    -Construct an appraisal, informed by the psychological literature, of a current topic in either biological or developmental psychology.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    Lectures, tutorials, planned learning activities, independent study

    Continuous Assessment: 20%
    University scheduled written examination: 80%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Essay

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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