PSY2006 : Animal Cognition
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Professor Melissa Bateson
- Lecturer: Professor Christopher Petkov
- Owning School: Psychology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
The aim of this module is to explore the evidence for the existence in non-human animals of higher cognitive abilities previously thought to be uniquely human.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will comprise lectures and seminars on the following topics:
• The comparative approaches to cognition
• Associative learning and Lloyd Morgan’s Canon
• Concept formation
• Language and communication
• Episodic memory, future planning and mental time travel
Reasoning, problem solving and tool use/manufacture
Social learning and culture
• Social intelligence and theory of mind
Emotions and moods
• Metacognition and consciousness
• Reading and interpreting the primary literature in animal cognition
• Writing good essays in animal cognition
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||6||1:00||6:00||Reading in preparation for seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||12||2:00||24:00||Assigned reading for lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||Seminars in half groups|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||52||1:00||52:00||Independent reading and revision|
Jointly Taught With
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures are used to impart information in a concise manner, to highlight areas of importance and to direct further reading and independent study. Seminars are used to test students understanding using quizzes and worksheets, to discuss set reading and to enrich students understanding via watching video material. For a subset of the seminars (4) the class is divided into two groups taught in alternate weeks, in order to achieve a smaller class size and facilitate discussions. These smaller seminars focus around the in-depth analysis of papers that the students have previously read and have come prepared to discuss. Set background reading and independent study allow students to pursue certain topics in greater depth. Optional writing exercises set as homework (not assessed) are used to allow students to practice writing about the topics covered in the module.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||90||2||A||100||Unseen, essay 50% & multiple choice 50%|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination comprises a combination of multiple-choice questions (all compulsory) and an essay (from a choice of titles). The multiple-choice questions test breadth of knowledge and problem solving. The exam essay tests ability to integrate material from across the course and written communication under time pressure. The essay additionally gives students the opportunity to display evidence of information learnt during independent study.
The format of resits will be determined by the board of Examiners
FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.
The form of assessment will not vary from the original.