PSY-10034 - Introduction to biological and cognitive psychology
Coordinator: Julie Hulme Room: DH1.29 Tel: +44 1782 7 33325
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module will allow you to explore a range of topics in biological and cognitive psychology. You will learn about how psychologists have carried out research to better understand human behaviour and thought, from expert staff with experience of working in these areas. Typical topics could include the the structure and function of the brain, neuronal impulses, how we make sense of sensory stimuli, memory, higher level cognitive processes such as problem solving, and the ways in which genes and hormones influence our behaviour. Each week, you will attend two, one hour lectures, and a one hour seminar class, which will introduce you to the central theoretical concepts and research evidence, and equip you with the study skills you need to succeed within the module and throughout the rest of your studies at Keele.

Students will be introduced to the core psychology curriculum relating to biological psychology, cognitive psychology, and individual differences. The module will cover the breadth of the BPS curriculum expectations for accreditation. In addition to gaining foundational knowledge of these core topics, students will be encouraged to make links between different curricular areas and subdisciplines, and to reflect on how biological psychology, cognitive psychology, and the psychology of individual differences interact with social psychology, developmental psychology, and other perspectives. The historical development of the core topics will also be covered, with an emphasis on decolonisation. Alongside core theoretical and empirical knowledge, students will gain practice key study skills that are essential to success in an undergraduate degree.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

reflect on the ways in which different perspectives in psychology can be integrated to give a holistic view of human brain and behaviour: 2

Study hours

Taught class time - 24 hours - seminar/workshop sessions 12 x 2 hours
Asynchronous structured activities to prepare for and extend upon learning in classes - 36 hours
Independent study, comprising:
Portfolio preparation (20 hours)
Coursework preparation (46 hours)
Reading related to taught sessions (24 hours)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 30%
Portfolio of work
Students will produce four answers (from a choice of six) to asynchronous activities set throughout the first six weeks of the module, relating to both topic-based and study skills content covered in lectures and seminars in weeks 1-6, and compile their notes, answers, and reflections into a portfolio. Typical word count per activity = 200; marked using a rubric.

2: Essay weighted 70%
Students will write a 1500 word essay, chosen from a set of questions provided to them, that encourages integration of different perspectives from the module, to explain human behaviour