Introduction to Cognitive Psychology ADED1839E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Topics considered in this course include visual perception, attention, memory, language, thinking and reasoning. The primary focus being on experimental psychology encouraging participation and critique. In addition, perspectives on development and ageing, neuropsychological deficits, social cognition and impairments will inform on the variety of applications for Cognitive Psychology.


Blocks 1 and 2

Mondays, 14.00-16.00

Requirements of Entry


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Students will be assessed primarily through continuous assessment for 70% of their grade. Continuous assessment will be though two summative laboratory reports, each contributing 25% of the final grade (approximately 1500 words each). The final 20% will consist of 4 multiple choice class quizzes (the best results from 6 quizzes). For the remaining 30% of the overall grade, a final online exam will be open for the duration of the final week of the course.  The students will be required to undertake short essay questions, to be submitted to the tutor online.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Provide students with a basic understanding of how psychologists study human cognition

■ Introduce students to the most significant concepts and findings of Cognitive Psychology 

■ Encourage students to gain confidence in expressing their own ideas about human thinking and behaviour

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain the psychological processes that underlie language, thinking and problem solving 

■ Describe the structure of memory as well as what happens when things go wrong with memory

■ Review research findings in perception and attention

■ Explain the role that cognitive deficits and impairments play in understanding language and cognition

■ Critically evaluate how psychologists study psychological processes that cannot be directly observed and be aware of the growing emphasis on cognitive neuropsychology.

■ Report on research findings in Cognitive Psychology

■ Defend their own ideas with the use of research evidence from Cognitive Psychology

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment