Core Module Information
Module title: Brain and Cognition

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY09114
Module leader: Nikos Gkekas
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

Requisites: ( Pre-requisite: [Module PSY08101] Cognitive Psychology 1 OR Pre-requisite: [Module PSY08103] Biological Foundations of Behaviour)

Description of module content:

In this module, you will build on and bring together knowledge of cognitive processes (such as perception, attention, memory, executive function, language, and social behaviour), and the brain mechanisms that support them. Throughout this module you will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the brain and cognitive processes, as well as a greater appreciation of how various disorders (such as visual agnosia and amnesia) can help us to understand "normal" cognitive function. You will also learn about the different methodological approaches used in this multi-disciplinary area (e.g., behavioural experiments, patient case studies, functional brain imaging, and event related potentials). There is an emphasis throughout this module on critical engagement with the course materials, which aims to provide a firm framework within which to develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills, all of which should prove useful for your future career.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Assess contemporary theories of a range of cognitive processes, considering their historical roots, explanatory power, and empirical support.

LO2: Evaluate the relative contribution of the different methodological approaches used in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

LO3: Critically examine research findings and methodologies to identify a novel research question or approach with a suitable research methodology.

LO4: Describe and theorise about the potential impact of the proposed research in terms of current knowledge

LO5: Present as a group and engage in debate on a contemporary topic in cognition.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, In Person,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nikos Gkekas
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Online Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Lecture 22
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 3~4 12 , WORDS= 2000 words
Oral Presentation 30 5 11 HOURS= 20 minutes
Report 10 1~2 11 , WORDS= 1000 words
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY09114 Brain and Cognition