PSY-20045 - Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Coordinator: Sara Spotorno Tel: +44 1782 7 34261
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module builds upon and extends your knowledge and understanding of key issues in the study of cognitive processes and the biological basis of behaviour. Cognitive topics include processes such as perception, attention, human learning, and memory. Biological topics are related to the central nervous system in normal and pathological conditions.

By building on the first year content, to enable students to gain further knowledge of recent and current issues in the study of the biological basis of behaviour and cognitive processes.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Describe and critically evaluate key issues in an area of biological and cognitive psychology: 1
Communicate complex ideas in biological and cognitive psychology effectively: 1,2
Apply underlying concepts and principles of biological and cognitive psychology to explain human mental processes and behaviour: 1,2

Study hours

24 hours of lectures
12 hours of workshops
114 hours of independent study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 80%
A 2000-word essay will cover topics from both the cognitive and biological components: 80% of the module mark (40% for the cognitive component and 40% of the biological component).

2: Multiple Choice Questions - Knowledge weighted 20%
Multiple Choice Question exercises (continuous assessment)
Multiple choice questions (MCQs) exercises to assess the cognitive and the biological component of the course: 6 exercises of around 10 questions each, only the best 5 will contribute toward the overall mark (4% for each exercise). Each exercise will last 1 hour and will be available for a 2-week period, during which students will be able to choose when to complete it. Only one attempt will be the allowed. These exercises will include multi-concept MCQs in which, for example, the student might be asked to evaluate the correctness or otherwise of two statements AND make a judgment as to whether the second statement explains the first statement. Thus these MCQs require a critical understanding of the material being assessed.