module specification

PY7012 - Cognition (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Cognition
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
176 hours Guided independent study
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Unseen Examination 60%   2-hour unseen exam
Coursework 40%   Report
Running in 2024/25

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Module summary

Students will develop their understanding of key theories in cognitive psychology. Students' ability to think critically about these theories, especially in the context of empirical evidence will be facilitated. Research skills will be developed
by running a cognitive psychology experiment and presenting these findings in a research report.


Topics will be drawn from:  attention, imagery, judgement, decision making, perception, semantic memory, working memory, face recognition and language comprehension. 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) be able to summarise and evaluate critically theoretical developments in cognitive psychology accounting for empirical evidence.
3) be able to investigate cognitive psychology phenomena using suitable subject relevant research methods and report findings in line with APA guidelines;


Baddeley, A, Eysenck, M. and Anderson, M. (2014). Memory (2nd Edition). Hove: Psychology Press.
Goldstein, E. B. (2015). Cognitive Psychology (4th Edition). Belmont, Ca, USA: Thomson Wadsworth.
Hardman, D. (2009). Judgment and decision making. Oxford: Blackwell.
Harley, T. (2008). The psychology of language (3rd ed.). Hove: Psychology Press.