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BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Cognitive Neuroscience

Unit code PSYC21022
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit will introduce students to advanced neuroanatomy and key concepts in the cognitive neuroscience of learning, memory, attention, language, emotion and executive function. 


The unit aims to:

The unit aims to introduce students to advanced concepts in cognitive neuroscience and develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Research and evaluation skills will be enhanced through practical lab sessions.


Teaching and learning methods

This course will consist of 18 hours of lectures and 4 X 2-hour laboratory classes.

E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.


Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate an understanding of cognitive neuroscience topics
  • have an appreciation of the methods used in cognitive neuroscience research

Intellectual skills

·         critically evaluate  empirical studies and scholarly reviews in cognitive neuroscience

·         analyse and make critical judgements about theories and findings in cognitive neuroscience 

Practical skills

  • with guidance, conduct research on a topic in cognitive neuroscience
  • use a range of sources (library, internet, electronic databases) to gather information
  • plan how to construct a written argument based around appropriate empirical evidence
  • Structure research results in a clear and coherent report format.
  • Write research reports in accordance with APA guidelines

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • independently gather and select the most relevant information from a body of work through online and library sources
  • presenting concise and persuasive arguments
  • produce a written summary of research for an educated audience
  • work effectively in a team
  • develop skills in critical thinking

Assessment methods

Final Examination 75 MCQs which is 90 mins and worth 60% of unit. 

1500 Laboratory report worth 40% of unit. 

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided through answers to questions asked in lecture and lab sessions, practice quizzes and through discussion forums on Blackboard. The lecturers will answer any questions via email. Feedback will be made available on the exam and lab report after the exam period.

Recommended reading

Ward, J. (2010). The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd edition. Hove: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Practical classes & workshops 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 74

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gorana Pobric Unit coordinator

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