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Postgraduate Course: Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Disorders (CLPS11052)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a core course option for the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) programme. It provides a critical overview of theories and research on cognitive psychology and its applications to mental health.
Course description The course is composed of five x 2.5 hour lectures: 1) Approaches to Human Cognition, 2) Perception and Attention, 3) Memory, 4) Thinking and Reasoning, 5) Cognition and Emotion. Throughout the course, links between mental health and cognitive processes will be considered.

The lectures will be complemented by recommended readings made available through LEARN. Students will also be encouraged to contribute to student-led discussions to supplement the lectures on the materials provided within the course. Encouragement of peer discussion within the course will engage students in deeper critical reflection on the theories presented in the lectures and associated materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 17/09/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 12.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 85 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be two assessments for this course.

A formative assessment will take place in the third week. It will take the form of a short multiple-choice quiz and three short-answer (100-200 words) questions to be completed at home. The formative assessment will only assess topics already covered by that point in the course (i.e. the first three weeks of lectures). A marking scheme will be made available in the fourth week so students can mark their own assessment.

The summative assessment will be a 2-hour exam worth 100% of marks, consisting of three short answer questions (100-200 words) and an extended essay question (from a choice of questions).

Feedback Formative feedback will be given via the marking scheme for the formative assessment.

Summative feedback is given on the exam.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of cognitive psychology.
  2. Demonstrate psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives.
  3. Demonstrate critical reflection on how cognitive psychological perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness.
Reading List
Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M.T. (2015). Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook (7th Edition). Hove: Psychology Press.

Groome, D., Dewart, H., Esgate, A. Gurney, K., Kemp, R., & Towell, N. (2013). An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology Processes and Disorders (3rd Edition). Hove: Psychology Press.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources
Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Susannah Johnston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3901
Course secretaryMr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498
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