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PSY1004 : Cognitive Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gabriele Jordan
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


• 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.

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.

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.

Reading Lists