PY2CNS1-Cognition and Neuroscience 1

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: PY1PR Psychological Research and PY1CG Cognition and Learning
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: PY2CN Cognition or PY2NS Neuroscience or PY2CN1 Cognition 1 or PY2NS1 Neuroscience 1
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Philip Beaman


Summary module description:

Cognition and Neuroscience for Study Abroad students


Students 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 topics such as psychopharmacology and reward and learning. 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 theoretical and experimental approaches

  3. Critically evaluate the neural basis of cognitive processes, such as attention

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Topics covered in the module will be selected from a list such as:

  • Human memory sub-divisions, e.g. procedural, episodic

  • Psychopharmacology

  • Reward and Learning

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • Teaching will be by lecture, supported by online assignments set each week.

  • Each week's lecture will require reading and private study by the student.

  • Online assessment of students' understanding of material covered in cognitive psychology and neuroscience lectures will be offered, to provide feedback on their level of understanding and help students prepare for the end-of-term test. 

  • Seminars will allow students an opportunity to discuss the material covered in lectures and gain feedback on an essay written on topics covered in the module.

  • Blackboard facilities will include links to off-site multimedia, and a Discussion Board, for interactive off-line discussion.

All contact hour arrangements are in accordance with the standard arrangements at the Host University

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 36
Seminars 8
Guided independent study 156
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Set exercise 15
Class test administered by School 35

Other information on summative assessment:

This module is assessed by a combination of weekly set exercises (15%), two end-of-term MCQ tests (each 17.5%), and two pieces of coursework (each 25%).

Students will answer weekly Continuous Assessment Questions (CAQs) designed to assess an advanced understanding of the material covered weekly.

Students will write two essays, based on material introduced in seminars.  One will cover cognitive psychology, and the other neuroscience.

Students will sit two end-of-term multiple-choice in-class tests, one covering cognitive psychology, and the other neuroscience.

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:
    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:

    Requirements for a pass:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Examination in August / September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 4 October 2017

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