Course modules

Module information for Psychology, MSc (Conversion Degree) [Year 1]

Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1119
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Natalie Bowling



This course examines a broad range of topics recommended by the British Psychology Society, which are aimed at explaining the theoretical basis and frameworks of cognitive processes. It also examines the historical and conceptual issues surrounding approaches, methods and paradigms when considering these topics. The student will have the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of theories, concepts, models and research evidence in a range of topics, including perception, attention, automaticity, memory, cognition and emotion, language, reasoning and decision making. Furthermore, this course aims to enable the student to apply their knowledge and understanding of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience to real world issues and situations.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Demonstrate comprehension of a range of cognitive topics covered on this course and of the central role of cognitive processes in human behaviour.

2 Analyse and critically evaluate theories, models and empirical evidence in cognitive psychology, and discuss their implications for applied psychology.

3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historical and conceptual bases of approaches, methods and paradigms addressed in the different topics examined on this course.

Indicative content

Sensation and perception; attention; memory processes (short-term, long-term, autobiographical, flashbulb memories); memory distortion (eyewitness memory and false memories); written and spoken language; reasoning; judgment; decision making; consciousness; cognition and emotion; neuropsychology; neuroscience.
Historical and conceptual issues: historical emergence/influences of and key claims within major approaches to cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience; scientific paradigms; ethical considerations.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, seminars, group discussions, as well as self-study supported by educational technology for administering online multiple-choice questions, library facilities, electronic journal databases and materials posted in the course shell on the online learning platform.


Method of SUMMATIVE assessment: Library Project
Outcomes assessed:1-3
Grading Mode (e.g. pass/ fail; %): %
Weighting % :100%
Passmark: 50%
Word Length:3000 words
Outline Details:The student will write a scholarly review with an in-depth focus on cognitive theories and processes implicated in a psychological phenomenon of their own choice. The topic of their library project must be related to material covered during the course. The student will author their own title for this assignment. However, the title and the proposal for their library project must be approved by the lecturer. Further Instructions regarding the coursework will be found in the course handbook.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Students will be given topics to prepare for discussions in seminars. The objective of the classroom discussions is to consolidate their knowledge and to develop their critical thinking skills, and will also serve as learning checks.
Students will obtain feedback and guidance on their chosen topic for the Library Project assignment, and there will be opportunities to discuss their progress during the seminar sessions.