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Undergraduate Course: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Childhood (PSYL10135)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course covers how cognition and the brain change during childhood, focusing on the reciprocal relationship between cognitive and brain development, and how it is influenced by the environment in which a child grows up.
Course description This course covers some specific topics in developmental cognitive neuroscience, focusing on childhood. The goals of the course are to:

(a) Introduce important phenomena and mechanisms supporting neurocognitive development.
(b) Understand the mutual influence among the brain, cognition, and the environment in the dynamic context of development.
(c) Illustrate these mechanisms in various domains (e.g., perception, learning, memory) in the first part of the course, and study in more depth how they contribute to changes in one specific domain (cognitive control) in the second part of the course.
(d) Provide students with an introduction to some of the methods used within developmental cognitive neuroscience including basic experimentation, formal theory development, and neuroscientific methods.

Through this course, students will practice and sharpen the following skills: critical analysis, information integration, structuring and presenting arguments, critical analysis, and writing skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should be studying Psychology as their degree major, and have completed at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that upper level Psychology courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm (30%): Group Presentation (coursework)

Final (70%): Exam (MCQ + short answers)
Feedback 1. Feedback exercises will be used to check understanding and to develop skills both in class and during tutorials (e.g. quizzes, figure interpretations, peer feedback on presentation outlines, etc.).

2. The mid-course group presentation is a summative assessment (so the mark will provide numerical feedback as to grade). As it is designed to assess foundational knowledge about the course topic, performance on the midcourse assessment will provide formative feedback as to whether students have a good grasp of the foundations or need to do some more study to consolidate knowledge and provide the necessary basis for more advanced parts of the course to follow.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Exam2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of recent scientific advances, debates, and challenges regarding brain and cognitive developments
  2. Analyze the developmental mechanisms driving cognitive and neural changes during childhood
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how cognitive development and brain development are mutually supportive
  4. Analyze the role of experience and the environment in brain and cognitive developments
  5. Communicate clearly and concisely about theories, findings, and issues related to developmental cognitive neuroscience.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will encourage students to reflect and evaluate recent scientific advances and theories in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience (research and inquiry). Students will have the opportunity to critically assess how scientific evidence may apply to current societal issues (personal and intellectual autonomy). It will foster oral and written communication skills through debates and written assignments (communication).
Keywordspsychology; cognitive neuroscience; developmental; childhood
Course organiserDr Nicolas Chevalier
Course secretaryMiss Georgiana Gherasim
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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