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Unit information: Brain and Cognition (Conversion) in 2020/21

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Unit name Brain and Cognition (Conversion)
Unit code PSYCM0074
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ludwig
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


The unit covers a number of topics in cognitive neuroscience. Students will be exposed to a wide range of techniques used in the study of the link between brain, mind and behaviour. The course provides key coverage of areas in Biological and Cognitive Psychology required for accreditation by the professional body, the British Psychological Society. It will address key topics in cognitive psychology, drawing on evidence from behavioural experiments and neuroscience.

Intended learning outcomes

1) Explain contemporary theories and findings in Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

2) Review methodological approaches to the study of Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

3) Apply knowledge of Cognitive and Biological Psychology to understand human behaviour.

4) Evaluate the conceptual and historical roots of Cognitive and Biological Psychology, and relate these disciplines to other areas of psychological science.

Teaching details

Lecture content (the equivalent of 4 lectures for any one lecturer) will be released asynchronously and supported by a synchronous tutorial. During "teaching weeks" (6 weeks in the unit), different groups of students engage with the content from different lecturers for that week (including the synchronous tutorial that week). Essay guidance tutorials are scheduled in week 5 after students have had a week to engage with their chosen essay topic. Weeks 4, 6 and 7 are free from scheduled teaching activities and students are expected to engage with their essay. They can access their lecturers through the forum and through (virtual) drop-in sessions. Week 11 is reserved for essay feedback (asynchronous) and synchronous essay feedback tutorials.

Assessment Details

1 x 2000 word essay (50%) and 1 x timed assessment (50%)

Reading and References

Mixture of textbook(s) and journal articles.