module specification

PC4102 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
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 2020/21

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

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. LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Lecturer-provided materials will be placed online. These will include lecture slides with accompanying audio, self-test materials, and – where available – online readings. To accommodate students with hearing difficulties, sub-titles will be provided.

Learning outcomes

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

1. understand conceptual issues in cognitive psychology and the history of its development;
2. identify and describe the cognitive structures and processes relevant to the topics covered in the syllabus;
3. evaluate the meaning of empirical evidence 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 mock assessment via multiple-choice questions.


Martin, G.N., Carlson, M.R., & Buskist, W. (2013). Psychology (fifth edition). London: Pearson. [This book is available online via the library’s electronic catalogue]