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Assessment of Developmental Disorders - PSY00034M

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Melanie Forster
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module will provide students with an understanding of, and experience in, the selection and use of tests for educational and clinical assessment and diagnosis. It will also provide a framework for planning educationally-appropriate interventions.

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of a range of developmental difficulties commonly seen in children and young people, including those with co-morbid presentations
  • Systematically explore the use of assessments to better understand a child or young person’s profile of strengths and needs, from global difficulties to more specific challenges
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness and theoretical understanding of the range of psychometric tests, including knowledge of their principles and development
  • Explore and discuss the potential value and challenges in using psychometric assessments within clinical and educational practice
  • Illustrate developing professional competencies in interpreting assessment findings and producing specialist written reports for children and young people, their families and relevant professionals 

Module content

  • Educational Assessment: Psychological Testing
  • Assessment of General Abilities: General vs. Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Assessment of Language: Specific Language Ability
  • Assessment of Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties
  • Assessment of Autism
  • Assessment of Memory and Attention Skills
  • Assessment of Number Skills
  • Formulation and Report Writing


Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Assessment & Treatment of Developmental Disorders
N/A 80
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Assessment & Treatment of Developmental Disorders
N/A 80
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 20

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

These marks will be accompanied by module feedback forms which will be circulated by e-mail.

Students will meet supervisors in wk 6 in AuT, SpT and wk 9 in SuT to discuss their marks.

Indicative reading

There are no key texts for this module.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

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