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Cognitive Psychology_Psych Studies PSYCH3002

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The overall aim is to connect to prior knowledge and to broaden and deepen knowledge of Cognitive Psychology. The course has a two-part structure: The first part will look at fundamental research findings in the area of Cognition. We will look at topics such as Reasoning, Problem-Solving, Expertise, Judgment & Decision Making. In the second part, the course will take an applied approach and explore how Cognition is embedded in the real world. We will see what role our cognition plays for example in Education, the Court Room, Mental Health, and the Digital Age.


Weekly one-hour lectures

Requirements of Entry

A Grade D or better in Psychology 1A and 1B, and 2A and 2B.

Excluded Courses



Examination 100% (answer 1 question from a choice of 3).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The overall aim is to broaden and deepen knowledge of Cognitive Psychology (connecting with prior knowledge) with a focus on how key findings and theories apply to real-world scenarios.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Discuss how research in Cognitive Psychology is conducted and evaluate findings and reflect on their applicability to authentic settings.

■ Explain what the fundamental findings are on how humans think, reason, solve problems, develop expertise, and make decisions.

■ Describe how to apply findings from Cognition Psychology to real-world scenarios.

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.