PY2CNS-Cognition and Neuroscience

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PY1CG Cognition and Learning and PY1IN Introduction to Neuroscience
Non-modular pre-requisites: For Single Hons and Joint Hons Psychology students only
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: PY2CN Cognition or PY2NS Neuroscience or PY2CN1 Cognition 1 or PY2NS2 Neuroscience 2
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Philip Beaman

Email: c.p.beaman@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
PY2CNS Cognition & Neuroscience

Aims:
The student should gain an understanding of theory and research into human memory including the different forms of memory (e.g., working memory, long-term memory, episodic, semantic, procedural and prospective memory) from a normal adult perspective. Students will also be introduced to cognitive neuropsychology and the consequences of brain abnormalities, including neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, dementia). Neuroscience methods such as brain imaging, neural mechanisms etc. will be discussed with reference to recent research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
1. Critically analyse behavioural and neuropsychological studies of human cognition
2. Understand the range of different memory phenomena, including the proposed subdivision of human memory into different memory sub-systems.
3. Show knowledge of neuropsychological studies of neural and cognitive function, as assessed by multiple-choice tests, coursework assignments and written exams.
4. Appreciate the neural basis of cognitive processes, such as attention and working memory
4. Understand the nature and consequences of impaired cognition (e.g., because of a closed-head injury).
5. Show an appreciation of the requirements and challenges of neurorehabilitation.



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 both behavioural and neuropsychological studies. Students will acquire an appreciation of the requirements and challenges of neurorehabilitation.

Outline content:
(a) The information-processing approach to understanding human memory, conducted by means of experimental studies and behavioural data.
(b) The results of such research, including the proposed subdivision of human memory into different memory sub-systems.
(c) The neural basis of cognitive processes, such as attention and working memory.
(d) An understanding of human cognitive and brain function in terms of breakdown within cognitive and neural systems.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
a) Lectures on behavioral studies of human memory and neuropsychological studies of cognition and memory, supported by Blackboard VLE discussion board and recommended readings on neuropsychology and memory.

(b) Seminars providing the opportunity to discuss lectures and recommended reading, prepare and deliver oral presentations with feedback, and research and write essays.

(c) Continuous assessment exercises tied to course content.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 18
Seminars 2 2
Guided independent study 60 60 40
       
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00 40.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 35
Written assignment including essay 15
Set exercise 15
Class test administered by School 35

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed by a combination of coursework (30%), classroom tests (35%) and examination (35%).
Coursework includes 1 essay, prepared for your seminar tutor (15%) and continuous online assessment of your understanding of the material covered in lectures (15%).
There are two end-of-term classroom multiple-choice tests, one on Cognition material at the end of Autumn term, one on Neuroscience material at the end of Spring term.
The 1.5-hour written Summer Exam will require you to answer 2 questions on topics covered in the module: one on Cognition topics, one on Neuroscience topics.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hours

    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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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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