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Neurodevelopmental Disorders - PSY00094M

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Emma Hayiou-Thomas
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

This module examines the behavioural, cognitive and biological manifestations of neurodevelopmental disorders, including reading impairments, developmental language disorder, dyscalculia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism. Our exploration of each disorder will be grounded in the context of typical development. In addition to considering methodological approaches to studying atypical development, we will also consider new theoretical approaches in the field, including the “transdiagnostic approach”, which acknowledges that disorders rarely occur in isolation. We will also consider current challenges, including the need to consider diversity in neurodevelopmental disorders research.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the behavioural presentation of common neurodevelopmental disorders, and how terminology and diagnosis evolve with our conceptualisation of these disorders.
  • Show advanced understanding of core biological and cognitive mechanisms underlying NDD, and be able to critically evaluate alternative theoretical models of disorders.
  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of the research methods used in the field, and be able to critically evaluate the application of these methods to address specific theoretical and clinical questions.
  • Critically engage with cross-cutting themes in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders, including variability within and overlap between disorders, the transdiagnostic approach, and diversity.

Module content

  • Reading Disorders
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Mathematics Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Overlap among disorders and transdiagnostic approach


Task Length % of module mark
Essay (self cert) : Neurodevelopmental Disorders 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay (self cert) : Neurodevelopmental Disorders 3000 words
N/A 100

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.