Module title: Cognitive Psychology 1

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY08101
Module leader: Lindsey Carruthers
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology
Prerequisites

PSY07103 - Introduction to Psychology or Equivalent

2018/9, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lindsey Carruthers
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures (2 hours per week). Students will be introduced to core areas of cognitive psychology, with provision of historical context. There will be a focus on key research methods and paradigms within cognition research, and also on how cognitive psychology research can inform many applied areas of psychology such as sport, forensic, and health. Practical classes will give students hands-on experience of some of these methods, and tutorials will develop students’ confidence in reading and evaluating primary sources (LOs 4-5) and give them the chance to practice writing exam essays (LOs 1-2). Students will also have the opportunity to participate in real, relevant, psychology research being conducted at the Sighthill Campus of Edinburgh Napier University. This will broaden their knowledge on the participant recruitment process, the researcher-participant relationship, and ethics (LO3). This will link with the students’ previous work on ethics in Individual Differences 1, Researching Psychology 1 and 2, and Social Psychology 1. It will also tie to future modules such as Brain and Cognition, Researching Psychology 3, and the Honours Projects.
To meet all LOs students are required to undertake both directed and independent scholarly activity (online literatures searches, reading of primary and secondary sources, self-test questions). Students will develop knowledge of fundamentals of
cognitive psychology, its origins, key theories and studies, the research methods used to investigate it, and how it can be applied (LOs 1-3), and will develop confidence in accessing appropriate primary sources, learning how to read them effectively, and in evaluating their contribution to knowledge (LOs 4-5).


Formative Assessment:
Students will complete short multiple choice tests on Moodle, available after every lecture, to test their knowledge, understanding, and learning of the content. Instant feedback will be automatically provided. Furthermore, students will be given the opportunity to sit a mock exam in week 11/29, based on content they have already covered, and their essay answers will receive full feedback in week 12/32. This should allow the students to reduce exam based anxiety through practice, and to learn from feedback on how to improve summative exam answers.


Summative Assessment:
Students will be required to submit a 2000 word critique of a research paper in week 6 (45%), gain eight research participation credits (equivalent to 2 hours) and submit an 500 word reflective summary (10%) of the participation process, and a two hour essay exam (45%) at the end of the trimester in which they will have to answer two questions.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 7
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 163
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Reflective Log 10 3 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Essay 45 4 & 5 24 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 45 1,2, & 4 34 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 55
Component 2 subtotal: 45
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Cognitive Psychology 1 aims to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in several areas of cognitive psychology, for example, language, memory, attention, problem solving and decision making. You will engage with primary sources in a range of areas of cognition, develop an understanding of the origins of cognitive psychology, and an appreciation of some of the research methods used in this area. You will gain hands-on experience in the use of experimental software, and learn how disorders such as dyslexia and amnesia can inform us about normal cognitive functioning.
There is an emphasis throughout this module on developing your critical writing and thinking skills, which will be valuable during your degree and beyond.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Describe research methods and paradigms used to investigate cognitive psychology
LO2: Compare and contrast key cognitive theories and models, taking into account their historical roots and empirical support.
LO3: Evaluate primary sources and evaluate their contribution to our knowledge, using up-to-date empirical research.
LO4: Synthesise research findings from differing perspectives to inform an individual critique.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY08101 Cognitive Psychology 1