Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1059
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Natalie Bowling


Pre and co requisites

Normally an introductory module in Psychology at level 4.


This module examines a broad range of topics aimed at explaining 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 and models in a range of topics, including perception, attention, automaticity, memory, consciousness, cognition and emotion, language, reasoning and decision making.
Furthermore, this module aims to enable the student to apply their knowledge and understanding of cognitive processes to real world issues and situations.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehension of a range of cognitive topics covered on this module 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 module.

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; neuropsychology; consciousness; cognition and emotion.
Historical and conceptual issues: historical emergence/influences of and key claims within major approaches to cognitive psychology; scientific paradigms; ethical considerations.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, seminars, group discussions, multiple choice quizzes and self-study supported by library facilities, electronic databases and materials posted in the module shell on the online learning platform.


Take-home test - 100%
LO - 1, 2, 3.
Pass mark - 40%
Section A: 1000 words.
Section B: 1000 words.

This end-of-term take-home test has two sections.

Section A comprises a series of different Applied Learning Scenario (ALS), each representing a different aspect of cognitive psychology covered on this module, within a real life situation. The student is required to choose one of the proposed ALS and write a short essay following instructions provided in their chosen ALS.

Section B comprises a list of essay-type questions on cognitive topics covered on this module. The student is required to answer one question from that list.

The take-home test will be submitted online via Turnitin and the exam paper will be provided 2 weeks before the submission date.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Students will be given topics to prepare for discussions in seminars. This exercise will serve as practice and learning checks. The objective of the classroom discussions is to consolidate their knowledge and to develop their critical thinking skills.
There will be multiple-choice quizzes during the seminar sessions as learning checks.
Students will obtain feedback and guidance, and there will be opportunities to discuss their progress in the seminar sessions.