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Neurodevelopmental Disorders - PSY00094M

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Lisa Henderson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

With the typical development of reading, language and cognition as a back-drop, this module explores neurodevelopmental disorders of cognitive function, focusing on learning and language disorders such as dyslexia, reading comprehension impairment, dyscalculia, and developmental language disorder, as well as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and general learning disabilities. In addition, we will consider the overlap between different types of disorder.

Module learning outcomes

  • To appreciate the theoretical and methodological issues that apply to research on neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • To examine cognitive and biological explanations of neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • To appreciate the complex interplay between different aspects of development, and different disorders.
  • To reflect on recent theoretical developments in this field, such as the shift from single-deficit accounts to a multiple-deficit, transdiagnostic approach.

Module content

  • Reading Disorders
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Mathematics Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • General Learning Disabilities


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Open exam
5 hours 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Open exam
5 hours 60

Module feedback

Marks will be released through e:vision.

Indicative reading

The key textbook for this module is Hulme, C. & Snowling, M.J. (2009) 'Developmental Disorders of Language, Learning and Cogntion'. Wiley-Blackwell.

In addition to the relevant chapter, there will be 1-2 additional key readings for each seminar, as well as suggested further reading for students who wish to explore the topics in more depth.

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.