module specification

PC5006S - Cognitive Psychology (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
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 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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


Topics will be drawn from:  judgement and decision making, semantic memory, working memory, long-term memory, speech perception, bilingualism, face perception and adolescent cognition. LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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

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.


Goldstein, E. B. (2010). Sensation and Perception. 8th edition
Goldstein, E. B. (2011). Cognitive Psychology (with CogLab 2.0 and Manual). 3rd edition
Neath, I. & Suprenant, A.M. (2011). Human Memory. 2nd Edition


Hoff, E. (2009). Language Development. 4th edition.
Hornik-Parritz, R. H. & Troy, M. F. (2011). Disorders of Childhood. 1st edition.