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Module

PSY1004 : Cognitive Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gabriele Jordan
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

• 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;

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, working memory and language.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:00Non-synchronous online - lecture materials will be presented via a combination methods
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities81:008:00Non-synchronous online learning activities
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading158:0058:00Making of flashcards, glossaries, summary reports of topics: MCQs
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Synchronous online learning and teaching activity, one at the start of the module and one at the end
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The material implies a large amount of factual knowledge so that synchronous online (SO) and non-synchronous online (NSO) 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 NSO 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 (via Zoom groups) 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).

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A10024 hour take home online exam: unseen, multiple choice (40)
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable