Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
707003662016COGNITIVE DEVELEOPMENTElective366
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course aims to introduce students to the basic and new methods, studies and findings in the field of cognitive development. The change in this field of development will be addressed in the focus of early childhood and childhood; because it is aimed to introduce the rapidly changing nature of mental development during these age periods.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Arş. Gör. Dr. F. Cansu Pala
Learning Outcomes
1To be able to express the basic rules of developmental perspective
2To be able to discuss the formation and change of cognitive functions in human development in the light of current findings
3To be able to discuss the differences between cognitive development theories and how different theories complement each other.
4To be able to discuss the relationship between cognitive developmental gains and their determinants (eg biological) in different developmental contexts
5To understand the current findings of change in the context of cognitive development from early childhood to adolescence and critically discuss the sources of findings (eg, observational or experimental research)
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
none
Course Contents
Cognitive Development theories, research methods used in this field, perception and cognition in infancy, language development, mental representations in early childhood, mind theory, executive mental skills, strategy and problem solving skills
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
0Objectives and scope of the course An Introduction to Cognitive Development Syllabus Chapters 1
1Biological Bases of Cognitive Development &The Social Construction of Mind: Sociocultural Perspectives on Cognitive DevelopmentChapters 1, 2 & 3
2Infant Perception and CognitionChapter 4
3Discussion+ Presentation on ‘How Do We Know What Babies Know?’Article: Baillargeon, R. (2008). Innate ideas revisited: For a principle of persistence in infants’ physical reasoning. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3, 2–13.
4Thinking in Symbols: The Development of RepresentationChapter 5
5Language Development Chapter 9
6Discussion+ Presentation on ‘The Symbolic Species’Article: Bering, J. M., & Parker, B. D. (2006). Children’s attributions of intentions to an invisible agent. Developmental Psychology, 42, 253–262.
7The Development of Folk KnowledgeChapter 6
8Midterm Exam
9Discussion+ Presentation on ’Theory of Mind’Article: Ding, X. P., Wellman, H. M., Wang, Y., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2015). Theory-of-mind training causes honest young children to lie. Psychological science, 26(11), 1812-1821.
10Learning to Think on Their Own: Executive Function, Strategies, and Problem SolvingChapter 7
11Discussion+ Presentation on ‘Executive Functions’Article: A current study will be determined.
12Memory Development Chapter 8
13Discussion+ Presentation on ‘Child as an eye-witness’Article: A current study will be determined.
14Synthesis and Review
Recommended or Required Reading
David F. Bjorklund, (2012). Children's Thinking- Cognitive Development and Individual Differences - 5th Edition. And additional readings referenced below.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
none
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination133
Attending Lectures14342
Report Preparation12020
Self Study14342
Individual Study for Mid term Examination13030
Individual Study for Final Examination14141
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)180
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