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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology (PSYL11032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe student will conduct a research project in a field relevant to human cognitive neuropsychology.
Course description The course consists of preparing for, carrying out and writing up a dissertation, in collaboration with the supervisor. The topic for the project, and thereby supervisor, can be selected from among those offered by the Department; alternatively, students can suggest their own projects to available supervisors. Typically, the topic and supervisor selection are completed by January; planning is completed by the end of April and the empirical part of the project is completed by late July. Typically, the project involves setting up a rationale and hypotheses / specific research questions for an empirical project; collecting and analysing data, or re-analysing existing data, to address the hypotheses / questions; and writing the rationale, methods and results up, alongside a discussion and similarly to a journal article. The dissertation is up to 6,000 words long. Students can work in pairs to prepare for the project and collect data, but the dissertations are written and marked individually.
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 578 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) We recommend that a typical dissertation is around 6000 words long, excluding any appendices and the abstract. However, it can be shorter or longer depending on what is most appropriate for the particular project (the supervisor can advise on this). The dissertation will be marked based on the quality of the work and not on the number of words, and you should aim to be concise where possible. The maximum word count is 8000; exceeding this requires the supervisor's permission
Feedback Supervisors, collaborating students and, where applicable, other staff members provide feedback on the rationale for the project, hypotheses / research questions, empirical work and data analysis. No formative feedback is provided on the discussion part of the dissertation as this will reflect students independent work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. design and set up a research project
  2. manage data collection
  3. apply appropriate analysis techniques to the data and interpret data
  4. report data in style appropriate for publication
  5. write up a dissertation
Reading List
Relevant literature depends entirely on the project and is agreed in discussion with the supervisor.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills for accessing, synthesizing and critical evaluation of academic literature
Skills for verbal and written communication, academic writing, and quantitative / qualitative data analysis
Experimental design skills; participants testing, data curation and IT skills.
Autonomy, self-discipline, time-management, and team-collaboration
Keywordsresearch project,human cognitive neuropsychology,cognitive neuroscience
Course organiserDr Robert McIntosh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3444
Course secretaryMs Pilar Rodriguez Couceiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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