Psychology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Cognitive Psychology 3H PSYCH4002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The overall aim is to connect to prior knowledge and 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

Excluded Courses



Examination 100% you will answer 1 question from a choice of 3

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

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 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.

■ Evaluate the fundamental findings 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.