Module Catalogue 2024/25

PSY1004 : Cognitive Psychology

PSY1004 : Cognitive Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Franziska Hartung
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Code Title
PSY1005Sensation and Perception
Co Requisite Comment



• to develop an understanding of the relationships between mind, brain, and behaviour;
• to promote an understanding of the research and theory relevant to the study of cognitive functioning in selected areas of interest;
• to present evidence gained from approaches of Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuropsychology, and Cognitive Neuroscience;
• to understand and critically evaluate primary scientific research studies and use them as evidence in coursework and exams

The course is taught by structured learning activities to provide an account of research, models, and theories in areas of Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. These presentations are supplemented by essential private study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Historical background, the neural substrates of cognition (biological foundations), research methods, selected areas of interest: attention, perception, memory, emotion and language.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module the student will:

Describe the empirical approaches of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience and their different contributions to our understanding of cognition and clinical applications;

•       Explain some of the major concepts used to describe cognitive processes such as perception, attention,
memory, and language;
•       Read and understand scientific articles discussing these concepts
•       Evaluate and discuss some of the major theories addressing these concepts;
•       Relate cognitive processes to certain areas and networks of the brain;
•       Describe the empirical approaches of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience and their
different contributions to our understanding of cognition and clinical applications.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of this module the student will be able to:

• Independently research and use primary literature,
• Critically evaluate research publications
• Describe a conceptual overview of the field of cognitive science

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:3016:30Present in-person learning and teaching activity.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities81:008:00Non-synchronous online learning activities
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading165:3065:30Making of flashcards, glossaries, summary reports of topics: MCQs
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Present in person learning and teaching activity
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The material implies a large amount of factual knowledge so that present in person teaching activities are used as the principle and most effective mode of imparting the core knowledge. This knowledge and understanding is assisted by detailed lecture handouts and slides.

Additional non-synchronous online interactive activities will enable the students to experience some of the research paradigms through online labs and to explore the core material through different learning materials (e.g. videos or further reading) and small group discussions in more depth. Students are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the course material and to motivate them towards a more active type of learning at all times.

Private study is essential for in depth review of knowledge imparted through learning activities and in addition the students will be guided towards formative active learning activities (making flashcards and glossaries etc).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901A100Multiple choice questions (90), unseen PIP Inspera inviglated.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will be used to assess knowledge, independent learning, and understanding of material relevant to the module, as well as the ability for critical thought.

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.

If the module is failed or deferred students will resit failed or deferred assessments in the same format during the August resit period.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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