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Unit information: Brain and Cognition in 2020/21

Unit name Brain and Cognition
Unit code PSYC20007
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
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.

The aims of this unit are to build on the biological and cognitive components of our Year 1 Foundations of Psychology course. The unit will further students’ understanding of the methodological approaches used to study the central nervous system and how these methods can provide psychological insights. It will address key issues in cognitive psychology, drawing on evidence from behavioural experiments and neuroscience.

Intended learning outcomes

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

2) Give examples of methodological approaches used in Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

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

4) Recognise the conceptual and historical roots of Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

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 1600 word essay (50%) and 1 x open book timed assessment (50%)

Reading and References

A mixture of textbook(s) and journal articles.