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Undergraduate Course: An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (LLLI07016)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled. Cognitive psychology is the scientific investigation of human thought and the processes that govern it. This course will offer an introduction to the main areas of the field including 'sensation and perception, attention, memory, language, and problem-solving' with the use of practical examples and specific case studies.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Centre for Open Learning 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.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the key theories within perception, memory, language, and problem-solving
  2. Explain the interaction of these processes in human thought
  3. Demonstrate a practical and ethical understanding of some of the research methods used in psychology
  4. Critically evaluate psychological research
Reading List
Eysenck, M.W., 2012. Fundamentals of Cognition. 2nd ed. Hove, East Sussex: Psychology Press.
Previous (2006) edition also acceptable.
If students are particularly interested in neuropsychological cases of patients who have suffered brain damage:
Groome, D., 2006. An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Processes and Disorders. Hove, East Sussex: Psychology Press.
If students envisage studying cognitive psychology further, or wish to gain a deeper/more detailed understanding of the issues involved, the following book may be used instead of the essential text:
Eysenck, M. W., & Keane, M. T., 2010. Cognitive Psychology: A Student┐s Handbook. 6th ed. Hove, East Sussex: Psychology Press.
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Special Arrangements Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with our Student Support Officer if you feel you have specific study requirements to enable you to study an short 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.
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Course organiserMr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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