module specification

PC4054 - Cognition and Behaviour (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Cognition and Behaviour
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Written work (1000 words)
Unseen Examination 50%   MCT
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

This module aims introduce students to some of the foundational theories in cognitive psychology, including a prehistory of cognition which considers earlier approaches to human thought and behaviour. Students will be introduced to classic research to help them to understand and evaluate theories of cognition in their historical and cultural context, and to key ethical considerations in this branch of psychology. There will be the opportunity to participate in classic experiments in seminars and workshops. This module provides students with opportunities to acquire key transferrable skills necessary for employment (e.g. written communication skills, digital literacy skills, discussion contribution, independent study and time keeping, summation and evaluation skills, and understanding of the scientific method and ethical research consideration). The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.


The syllabus will be drawn from the broad areas of cognitive psychology, including the historical development of cognitive psychology, attention, perception, short-term memory, long-term memory, language imagery, and ethical considerations in this branch of psychology.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through a variety of teaching and learning methods. A combination of group and individual activities will take place within a framework of lectures, seminars and workshops. Supplementary guided learning via weblearn and self-managed private study will be provided when suitable. For PDP development, students will have opportunities to reflect upon what they have learned and apply their understanding of cognitive psychology to the real world.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Explain key theories of cognitive psychology in their historical and cultural context.
2. Understand how cognitive psychology has been investigated and theorised and applied to real world situations.
3. Present a cogent account of ideas and arguments in cognitive psychology based on empirical evidence and ethical considerations.

Assessment strategy

A written piece of work of 1000 words (choice of essay versus infographic explanation) will assess depth of knowledge of key concepts, theories and studies in cognitive psychology and a multiple-choice test will assess the breadth of material covered in the module. Formative assessments will be provided throughout the modules and constructive feedback will be provided to help students to prepare for the summative assessments. Students must obtain a minimum aggregate grade of 40% across the two assessments to pass the module.