Cognitive Psychology (PGT Conv) PSYCH5061

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

To introduce the student to key theories and experiments in cognitive psychology with a focus on the areas of language, memory, thinking and problem solving.


Weekly one hour lectures.

Requirements of Entry

At least 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.


Written exam (100%) that will require students to answer two questions from a choice of three (90 minutes).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

In this course the key theories and experiments in cognitive psychology will be covered with a focus on the areas of memory, language and decision making.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

  Critically evaluate key theories on cognitive Psychology and link their evaluation to experimental evidence

  Critically evaluate how semantic information might be represented and organised in the brain, with reference to the network model, the hub and spoke model, and category-specific deficits.

  Identify and have critical knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence episodic encoding, storage, and retrieval, with reference to: theories and evidence; which areas of the brain might be involved; and what errors of memory suggest regarding the features and functioning of memory.

  Critically evaluate some of the research language understanding processing and research on thinking and decision making.


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.