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PSY1004 : Cognitive Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Franziska Hartung
  • 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;

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

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

If the public health situation requires a pivot to remote learning, then teaching will be delivered remotely.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A100Multiple choice questions (90), unseen present in person.
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.

If the public health situation requires a pivot to remote assessment, then the examination will be delivered remotely.

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