module specification

PC4102 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 100
70 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 40%   Short-answer questions
In-Course Test 60%   Multiple-choice questions
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester LMET Distance Learning - Not applicable
Spring semester LMET Distance Learning - Not applicable

Module summary

Cognitive psychology is the study of how people: perceive and pay attention to their environment; remember, learn from and think about information; and communicate with others, especially using spoken language. This module provides introductory level coverage of a range of cognitive psychology topics within the context of historical and theoretical development.

Module aims

The module aims to introduce students to an indicative range of topics in cognitive psychology within the context of historical and theoretical development.


The syllabus will be drawn from the topics listed in a typical cognitive psychology textbook, e.g. antecedents to & development of Cognitive Psychology, Perception, Attention, Memory, Thinking, and Language.

Learning and teaching

Lecturer-provided materials will be placed online. These will include lecture slides with accompanying audio, self-test materials, and – where available – online readings.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

1. describe conceptual issues in cognitive psychology and the history of its development;
2. describe the cognitive structures and processes relevant to the topics covered in the syllabus;
3. explain the meaning of data derived from research studies.

Assessment strategy

Formative feedback will be available in the form of: (a) comments on mid-term short-answer questions, and (b) automated responses to non-summative multiple-choice questions.


Martin, G.N., Carlson, M.R., & Buskist, W. (2011). Psychology (fourth edition). London: Pearson. [This book is available online via the library’s electronic catalogue]

Davey, G. (Ed.) (2008). Complete Psychology (second edition). Oxford: Hodder Education.