Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Advanced Introduction to Perception and Cognition PSYCH2014

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course covers core material in the area of cognitive psychology, including memory, language, and perception.


Lectures on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., for the first seven weeks of the semester.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to the class is offered to students who are visiting from overseas universities.

Excluded Courses



The degree exam is comprised of two essay questions (100%). 

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to core material in the area of cognitive psychology, including memory, language, and different types of perception - visual, auditory, somatosensory, olfactory and gustatory. Appropriate research methods will also be covered throughout. Key areas of the brain involved in cognition will be covered, including how damage to these areas affects cognitive processing. Key theories regarding cognitive functioning will be presented.

The course is intended for students who are visiting from overseas universities. It can serve as an introduction to the field for students taking the course as part of their psychology degree at their home university, or as an outside subject in another degree programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students at the end of this course will be equipped with skills and knowledge to:

■ Discuss important issues in perception and relate the theoretical issues to our practical experience of how we perceive the world.

■ Discuss core concepts in cognitive psychology, understand how theory relates to empirical investigation, and evaluate real world applications of cognitive research.

■ Discuss areas of the brain involved in cognition, and how brain damage impairs cognitive functioning.

■ Explain the nature of experimentation in cognitive psychology. 

■ Summarise and critically evaluate key cognitive theories and research findings in an unseen examination.  

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit the course's summative assessment.