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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Lifelong Learning (PPL)

Undergraduate Course: Memory (LLLI07013)

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 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaLifelong Learning (PPL) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

An insight into the operation of human memory with practical exercises, demonstrations, and case studies. Topics covered include short and long-term memory and learning, everyday and applied issues of memory, memory across the lifespan, retrieval and forgetting from memory, memory disorders, and improving memory.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Lifelong Learning - Session 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  10
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
┐ Demonstrate understanding of the key theories in the study of memory;
┐ Identify the main processes involved and explain their interaction;
┐ Demonstrate an understanding of some of the research methods used in the study of memory;
┐ Critically evaluate psychological research.
Assessment Information
Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
Special Arrangements
Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with our Student Guidance Advisor if you feel you have specific study requirements to enable you to study an Open Studies course or complete assessments. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introduction: define cognitive psychology and memory; overview of empirical investigation approaches.
2. Short-term memory and attention: short-term and ┐working┐ memory; the role of attention.
3. Learning: factors affecting learning; implicit learning; learning and the brain.
4. Long-term memory: episodic memory; semantic memory.
5. Retrieval: retrieval processes; factors determining success.
6. Forgetting: incidental forgetting; motivated forgetting; recovered memories.
7. Everyday and applied memory: autobiographical memory; prospective memory; eyewitness testimony.
8. Memory across the lifespan: memory in childhood; memory and ageing.
9. Memory disorders: amnesia; dementia.
10. Improving memory: techniques; preparing for exams.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Essential
Baddeley, A., Eysenck, M.W. and Anderson, M.C., 2009. Memory. Hove, East Sussex: Psychology Press.
If you are interested in cognitive psychology more generally, and wish to understand the broader issues at introductory level, the following book may be consulted:
Eysenck, M.W., 2006. Fundamentals of Cognition. Hove, East Sussex: Psychology Press.
If you envisage studying cognitive psychology further in the future, and wish to gain a deeper/more detailed understanding of the broader issues involved, the following book may be consulted:
Eysenck, M.W. and Keane, M.T., 2010. Cognitive Psychology: A Student┐s Handbook. 6th ed. Hove, East Sussex: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
Course secretaryMrs Diane Mcmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6912
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