PY2CN2-Cognition 2

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites: PY1CG Cognition and Learning or PY1CG2 Cognition and Learning for Consumer Behaviour students or PY1PC Perception or PY1IP3 Introduction to Psychology for Consumer Behaviour and Marketing students
Non-modular pre-requisites: For non-Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2CN Cognition or PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Philip Beaman


Type of module:

Summary module description:
PY2CN2 Cognition 2

The student should gain an understanding of theory and research into cognition, including the different aspects of thinking and higher-level cognition such as counterfactual thinking, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and reasoning.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be able to:

Show knowledge of theory and research in aspects of thinking and high-level cognition.

Correctly identify real-world examples of the types of human thought and decision-processes discussed within the module.

Show knowledge of biases and errors in human reasoning and other thought processes

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to apply general knowledge of research methods to the topics covered within this module in order to critically evaluate the results of scientific studies. Students will be able to apply knowledge of human thought and decsion-processes obtained during this module to practical real-world problems.

Outline content:
This module explores how we think and reason. Topics might include:
Working memory;
Decision making;
Counterfactual thinking.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
(a) Lectures on topics to do with high-level cognition, supported by Blackboard VLE and recommended reading on decision-making, problem-solving and reasoning.

(b) Continual assessment of understanding via assessed coursework

(c) Revision sessions preparatory to multiple choice tests.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 2
Guided independent study 82
Total hours by term 98.00 2.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

This module is assessed through coursework (30%) and a summer exam (70%).

The summer exam is 45 minutes, multiple choice

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures (30%).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment of this module is by examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 28 September 2018


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