Undergraduate Course: Memory (LLLI07013)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 2
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||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.
|No Exam Information
| 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.
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832