Perspectives on Cognitive Neuroscience 4B option BIOL4266

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce key issues in cognitive neuroscience research and will provide students with an understanding of how different methodologies have been combined to investigate problems in cognitive neuroscience, touching both on normal brain function and dysfunction.


This option is assigned to block S2-B. There is normally a 2-hour session on Tuesday mornings each week and a 2-hour session on Tuesday afternoons every two weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Normally, only available to final-year School of Life Sciences students in a Neuroscience programme. Visiting students may be allowed to enrol, at the discretion of the School of Life Sciences Chief Adviser and the Course Coordinator. 

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%) consisting of two components: an individual poster based on a published paper (20%) and an individual five-minute flash presentation (10%). 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This option aims to develop an understanding of recent advances in cognitive neuroscience.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically evaluate how research in cognitive neuroscience can inform studies of human brain functions and brain disorders;

■ Discuss a range of topical issues related to cognitive neuroscience;

■ Critically analyse research design;

■ Appraise contemporary methods used in cognitive neuroscience;

■ Demonstrate advanced skills in scientific communication.

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.