PY2CN1-Cognition 1

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn 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
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: PY2CN Cognition or PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Philip Beaman

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

Summary module description:
PY2CN1 Cognition 1

Aims:

The student will gain an understanding of theory and research into human cognition including the different forms of memory (e.g., working memory, long-term memory, episodic, semantic, procedural and prospective memory),and topics such as cognitive control and executive function, visual cognition (e.g., shape and word recognition and reading), and disorders of cognition.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will be able to: Show knowledge of the information-processing approach to understanding human cognition, conducted by means of experimental studies and behavioural data. Appreciate the range of different cognitive phenomena, including the proposed subdivision of human memory into different memory sub-systems. Understand the nature and consequences of impaired cognition (e.g., because of a closed-head injury).


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 about human memory and cognition obtained during this module to practical real-world problems.


Outline content:

(a) The information-processing approach to understanding human cognition and 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 and the different routes by which reading is achieved. (c) The nature and consequences of impaired cognition (e.g., because of a closed-head injury).


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods: (a) Lectures on topics to do with human memory and cognition, supported by Blackboard VLE and recommended reading, learning assessed throughout the term. (b) Continuous assessment exercises tied to course content. (c) Revision sessions preparatory to end-of-term multiple choice tests.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Guided independent study 82
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 30
Class test administered by School 70

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed through coursework (30%) and an end-of-term multiple choice test (70%). Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures.

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:

    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):

    Last updated: 24 April 2017

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