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Postgraduate Course: Working memory in healthy and the damaged brain (PSYL11025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPsychology Other subject areaNone
Course website Please use Learn Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will examine the concept of Human Working Memory, viewed as the means by which humans hold information on a temporary basis and manipulate and transform that information. It will introduce students to the major theoretical perspectives and the experimental evidence that has contributed to those perspectives, drawing on behavioural studies of healthy adults and children, of adults with impairments of working memory following brain damage, and recent research using brain imaging techniques.

Feedback: The students will have a weekly tutorial on the Monday following each Friday lecture. These will involve students giving oral presentations based on published papers, asking questions of each presenter, and contributing to discussion. Students will be given oral formative feedback on their presentations and on their contributions to the discussion. During each two hour lecture slot, there will be small group discussions about the contents of the lecture, with the lecturer giving oral formative feedback on the points raised within each small group.

PLEASE NOTE: this course is primarily intended for students on the MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology. Any other students should contact the course organiser for permission to take this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have a background in neuropsychology / cognitive psychology. This course is only open to students on the MSc programme in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, although other students may be permitted to take the course at the discretion of the course organiser.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 1 (Sem 1), Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  20
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

- demonstrate a knowledge of current theories of human working memory
- critically evaluate the experimental evidence for each of the above theories
- understand the ways in which different sources and different types of experimental evidence might be used to test and develop theories of human working memory
- understand how theories derived from experimentally driven research can be applied to important aspects of healthy cognition and of impaired cognition following brain damage
- have had experience of preparing and presenting critical oral summaries of course relevant directed and self directed reading
Assessment Information
One 3,000 word essay

Assessment Deadline: Monday 25th November 2013, 12 Noon

Word Limit: 3,300 words maximum

Return Date: Tuesday 17th December 2013
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Keywordshuman working memory, experimental cognitive psychology, brain imaging
Course organiserProf Robert Logie
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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