Module title: Brain and Cognition

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

Module code: PSY09114
Module leader: Faye Skelton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

PSY08103 OR PSY08101: Biological Foundations of Behaviour OR Cognitive Psychology 1

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Faye Skelton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-5: Lectures (2 hours per week) will cover several important themes in cognition research, and will be interactive, requiring active participation. Small group tutorials (LO6) will use group discussion to enhance student engagement, negotiation and co-operation, and confidence.

All LOs require students to undertake both directed and independent scholarly activity (online literature searches, reading, self-test questions). LOs 1-2 deepen students’ critical understanding of theoretical and applied advances in cognition research. LOs 3-5 develop students’ skills in critical reading and synthesis of information, applying appropriate methodology to a research question, and identifying potential impact of the research on our knowledge. LO 6 will develop students’ group-working and debating skills.

Formative Assessment:
Self-test multiple-choice questions will be released on Moodle at the end of each topic. Students will be provided with instant feedback on their performance via Moodle and will have access to correct answers and explanations for any questions they answered incorrectly. This aims to rectify any misunderstandings early on and ensure that students have good knowledge of key concepts and ideas needed to perform well in the summative written examination.

Summative Assessment:
Students will be required to submit a 2000 word research proposal in week 8 (30%) and also to complete a 2 hour written examination at the end of the trimester (50%) in which they will answer two essay questions.

The additional 20% will be assessed by tutorial contribution (20%) which includes a group presentation on a research paper and a series of short reaction pieces to the research papers on which other group presentations are based. Groups will present once, in one of the following weeks: 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, or 11.

Students will write reaction pieces for all papers except for the one that they present (five in total). These papers are up-to-date applied research on lecture topics and thus help to develop in students an understanding of the linkage between research and practice. Reaction pieces will be required from students in five out of the following weeks: 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 5
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 3,4 & 5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Discussion/Participation 20 6 4 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1 & 2 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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: Evaluate contemporary theories of a range of cognitive processes, taking into account 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: Synthesise and critically evaluate research findings to identify a novel research question or approach
LO4: Apply understanding of research methods to propose suitable research methodology.
LO5: Evaluate the impact of the proposed research in terms of current knowledge.
LO6: Present as a group and engage in debate on a contemporary topic in cognition.

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