10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module aims to introduce students to the use of a variety of behaviour observation methods in human communication science with a specific focus on child development. This module will provide a critical understanding of techniques in observational research methods and foundational knowledge regarding the selection and implementation of observation techniques. Students will develop the skill of producing theory- based interpretations of observations of children at various ages and stages of development. This unit will comprise two strands: (1) weekly theoretical lectures (2) small-group tutorial workshops focusing on how to design, analyse, interpret and report observational investigations to test key hypotheses in child behaviour; and practicing observational techniques through video recordings.

Staff Contact: Meesha Warmington
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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