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Cognitive Psychology (PGT Conv) PSYCH5061

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The overall aim is to introduce students to novel knowledge in Cognitive Psychology and to broaden and deepen understanding in this subject area. 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

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


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 (introducing novel knowledge to students without prior knowledge in this subject) 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 students will be able to:

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

■ Critically evaluate the fundamental findings on how humans think, reason, solve problems, develop expertise, and make decisions.

■ Critically evaluate 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.