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Postgraduate Course: Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Disorders (CLPS11052)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides a critical overview of key theories and research on cognitive psychology and what we can learn from cognitive disorders
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.

The lectures will be complemented by recommended readings from the key textbook. 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 will support 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  200
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 24/09/2020
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment will comprise of weekly Multiple Choice Questionnaires available online assessing student comprehension of discrete concepts.

Summative assessment will be a 2000 word critical essay worth 100% of the course mark.
Feedback Multiple Choice Questionnaire answers will be available on completion each week.

Summative feedback on the essay will be provided electronically through Turnitin.
No Exam Information
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 knowledge and skills to enable you to discuss, analyse and present information in various formats and from a range of sources

Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Susannah Johnston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3901
Course secretaryMiss Sanni Ahonen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890
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