Postgraduate taught 

Psychology (conversion) MSc: Online distance learning

Cognitive Psychology (Conversion) (Online Distance Learning) EDUC5954

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the main theoretical and empirical issues within contemporary cognitive psychology. This course will delve into the inner-workings of the mind, and explore a range of aspects of cognition; including perception, attention, memory, reasoning, and emotion. Interrelationships between different cognitive processes will be investigated, whilst examining atypical functioning in these processes, for instance, due to brain trauma or damage.


None - to be developed

Excluded Courses






1. Exam (75%). Students will complete a cumulative exam online, occurring at 3 time points over the course, each consisting of asynchronous, but timed, items offered through random selection in the VLE, including items such as interpretation of visual graphs and figures (e.g. MRI scans, experimental and statistical findings), completion, sorting or matching tasks, and tutor-marked short answer items (such as defining and applying terms to real-world examples, and critically reviewing empirical research findings).  The completion time for each will range from 20-30 minutes, and all items will be equally weighted to determine the final exam score.

2. Portfolio (25%). Students will complete an online reflective learning portfolio, where they are asked to create 5 entries describing something they learned from the lecture, something they learned from the reading, and critically apply this to their experiences in 'the real world' (e.g. personal experience or a movie/ TV show). It is summatively assessed at the end of the course, but it will be assessed formatively, halfway through the course to support the learning process.  It may include visuals, weblinks, videos, etc. to illustrate application of cognitive theories and processes to real-world scenarios, and therefore a word count is not assigned.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

- provide participants with an overview of the key principles, theories, methods and research in classical and contemporary cognitive psychology

- promote an understanding of the interrelationships between different aspects of cognition
- critically review contemporary research on cognition, its development, processes and atypical functioning.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:
- Describe and evaluate the key concepts and main theoretical models relating to perception, attention, memory, language, as well as thinking, reasoning, decision-making, problem-solving, consciousness and metacognition.
- Provide a comparative analysis of competing models of human cognition, including experiment, computer-modelling and neuropsychological approaches.

- Discuss ways in which theory and research within cognitive psychological theory can inform our understanding of how humans think, feel and behave in the real world.

- Identify ethical issues arising in cognitive research

- Identify and apply appropriate research methods within cognitive psychology

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.