2023-2024 / PSYC5860-1

Cognitive development: theoretical and clinical approach


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 


Marie Geurten, Laurence Rousselle


Laurence Rousselle

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This sequence of lessons aims at giving students a solid knowledge of the development of  cognitive skills.

The course will review the main theories that have influenced the field of cognitive developmental psychology. The methods currently used in research to observe the competencies in pre-verbal infants.

Topics covered in this course are the development of praxis and psycho-motor abilities, attention,  executive functions,  memory, the development of numerical processing and calculation,  metacognition, face recognition and social information processing.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this teaching sequence, the student will have a general knowledge of typical cognitive development in the areas of psycho-motor acquisitions, visual and social cognition, memory, attention, executive functions, and metacognition.

It will be able to use his knowledge to identify the cognitive processes involved in the daily activities of children at play or learning and estimate the age of the children based on the situations presented (case observation)

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Prerequisite :   

  • PSYC0027-1 : Psychologie de l'enfant : Développement moteur, affectif, cognitif et social
  • PSYC5868-1 : Psychologie de la cognition et du langage Partim 1
  • PSYC5870-1 : Psychologie de la cognition et du langage - partim 2

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

 This course is based primarily on formal lectures presented in modular form, and illustrated by example, discussions, and films.
  The slides will be posted on the dedicated course area on e-campus

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Most of the courses will be given face-to-face, with only two sessions organized via podcast.

Recommended or required readings

Blaye, A., & Lemaire, P. (2007). Psychologie du développement cognitif. Bruxelles : De Boeck.

Jouen, F., & Molina, M. (2007). Naissance et Connaissance. Wavre : Mardaga.

Nader-Grobois, N. (2011). La théorie de l'esprit. Bruxelles : De Boeck.

Bonthoux, F., Berger, C. & Blaye, A. (2004). Naissance et développement des concepts chez l'enfant : Catégoriser pour comprendre. Paris : DUNOD.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

The final assessment is a written exam consisting of a first part with close-ended questions (generalized true-false; out of 20 points) and a second part with open-ended questions (out of 20 points). The first part evaluates the knowledge of the course content while the second part evaluates the understanding of the contents and the ability to apply and analyze the content of the course. Therefore, the student must obtain a minimum score of 10/20 for each part. In case of failure in the first part (true-false), the second part (Open-ended Questions) will not be corrected by the teacher. The final score will thus correspond to the average score of the score obtained for the first part and the score of 0/20 obtained for the second part. During the consultation session, the answers expected for the second part (Open-ended Questions) will be explained to the students present at this session. If the student passes the first part and fails the second, only the score for the second part (out of 20) will be awarded. The score for the first part will therefore not be taken into account when calculating the overall score. The student will have to retake all parts in the second session. If the student passes both parts, the final score will be the average of the two part scores.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Not accessible to ERASMUS student


Prof. L. Rousselle : laurence.rousselle@uliege.be
Marie Geurten, PhD : mgeurten@uliege.be

Assistants :

  • Fanny Brévers : brevers@uliege.be
  • Céline Fortin : fortin@uliege.be

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