module specification

PC5006S - Cognitive Psychology (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Cognitive Psychology
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
114 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   In class test - MCQ
Coursework 50%   Essay (max.1500 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

Cognitive psychology focuses on the internal representations and processes underlying perception, attention, memory, language, decision making and problem solving. Students will learn to create their own experiment using Superlab, and this second year module, they will gain understanding about special topics such as speech perception, bilingualism, and face recognition.

Prior learning requirements

Any introductory psychology module

Module aims

The first aims of this module are
1. to develop students’ systematic understanding of theories in cognitive psychology
2. to facilitate students’ ability to think critically about these theories, especially in the context of empirical evidence.
3. to develop students’ skills in locating primary sources, and to read, understand, critically evaluate and accurately communicate the relevant information.


Topics will be drawn from:  judgement and decision making, semantic memory, working memory, long-term memory, speech perception, bilingualism, face perception and adolescent cognition.

Learning and teaching

Students will gain core knowledge and understanding of the topics through lectures, but deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through directed study of recommended reading material, seminars, and online resources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  1. possess systematic in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of a range of core topic areas and related research in cognitive psychology;
  2. have comprehensive knowledge and critical awareness of a range of different research methods used in cognitive psychology;
  3. be able to summarise and evaluate critically theoretical developments in cognitive psychology in the light of empirical evidence.

Assessment strategy

The breadth of cognitive psychology is assessed via multiple choice questions [MCQ] and depth of a specific area of cognitive psychology via 1500 word essay.

Component Percentage of Marks Learning outcomes
MCQ 50 1,2
Essay (max 1500 words) 50 1,2,3



Goldstein, E. B. (2010). Sensation and Perception. 8th edition [CORE]
Goldstein, E. B. (2011). Cognitive Psychology (with CogLab 2.0 and Manual). 3rd edition [CORE]
Neath, I. & Suprenant, A.M. (2011). Human Memory. 2nd Edition [CORE]
Hoff, E. (2009). Language Development. 4th edition.
Hornik-Parritz, R. H. & Troy, M. F. (2011). Disorders of Childhood. 1st edition.