Module Catalogue 2018/19

PSY1004 : Cognitive Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gabriele Jordan
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
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;

Original Summary:
The course is taught by lectures and seminars 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, working memory and language.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module the student will:
• be familiar with some of the major concepts used to describe cognitive processes such as perception, attention, memory, and language;
• be familiar with some of the major theories used to explain these concepts;
• be able to relate cognitive processes to the functioning of certain areas of the brain;
• be familiar with the approaches of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience and their different contributions to our understanding of cognition;

Intended Skill Outcomes

Cognitive skills, use of primary literature

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Interpersonal : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:0012 of the lectures are interactive
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading18:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity18:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The material implies a large amount of factual knowledge so that lectures are used as the principle and most effective mode of imparting the core knowledge. This knowledge and understanding is assisted by detailed lecture handouts, as well as BB slides.

12 additional interactive lectures will enable the students to discuss some of the topics in more detail. A variety of exercises and materials (e.g. discussing primary research papers, gaining insight into tests used in Cognitive Psychology where possible, looking at film clips of patients, completing intermittent MCQs) will encourage the students to develop a deeper understanding of the course material and to motivate them towards a more active type of learning.

Private study is essential for in depth review of knowledge imparted through lectures and students will be encouraged to form study groups.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A100Unseen, multiple choice
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.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.