Psychology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Cognitive Psychology 3H PSYCH4002

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

To introduce the student to key theories and experiments in cognitive psychology with a focus on the areas of memory, language, reasoning, and decision making



Excluded Courses



Examination 100% you will answer 2 questions from a choice of 5

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

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:

ï‚·  Evaluate key theories on cognitive Psychology and link their evaluation to experimental evidence

ï‚·  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.

ï‚·  Discuss 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.

ï‚·  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.