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Unit information: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology in 2013/14

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Unit name Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Unit code PSYC10006
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1A (weeks 1 - 6)
Unit director Professor. Bowers
Open unit status Open




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


This unit introduces the theories which explain the processes of attention, learning, and memory. Emphasis is on the higher mental processes such as thinking, reasoning, and problem solving.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will have acquired a conceptual understanding of the basic forms of study design and the knowledge of when to apply these, the practical experience of conducting research studies that implement these designs within the context of a particular psychological question and gained an appreciation of how the implementation of research designs influence the nature of the psychological investigations. Thus, you will have the full profile of undertaking research by asking questions, designing a specific study to address a specific question, conducting a study on that question, analysing the data appropriately, and providing a written communication of the outcome of that process. Finally, you will have planned and contributed to small-group discussion on these topics. And prepared for, and delivered, a scientific presentation either in oral or poster form to your peers.

Teaching details

This unit comprises 16 x 50 minutes lectures, plus an overview session and a revision session for the end of unit examination.

Assessment Details

  • 50% coursework
  • 50% MCQ examination

Reading and References

Schacter, D. L, Gilbert, D. T., & Wegner, D. M. (2009). Psychology. New York: Worth.