Postgraduate Course: Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Disorders (CLPS11052)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides a critical overview of theories and research on cognitive psychology and its applications to mental health.
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.
The course is a core component of the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) but will be open to others at the discretion of the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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 questions to be completed at home. Responses should be submitted to a discussion forum. Peer and staff feedback will be provided. The formative assessment will only assess topics already covered by that point in the course (i.e. the first three weeks of lectures).
The summative assessment will be a 2-hour exam worth 100% of marks, consisting of two sections. Section A will comprise three short answer questions (from a choice of 10 questions) and Section B will comprise an extended essay question (from a choice of 5 questions).
||Formative feedback will be given in response to answers submitted on the discussion forum for the formative assessment.
Summative feedback is given on the exam.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of cognitive psychology.
- Demonstrate psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives.
- Demonstrate critical reflection on how cognitive psychological perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness.
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.
|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
|Course organiser||Dr Susannah Johnston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3901
|Course secretary||Mr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498