BSc Psychology / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Cognitive Neuroscience

Course unit fact file
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 key concepts in the cognitive neuroscience. Building on the basic knowledge students acquired of these topics in Year 1 (PSYC11212), students will become familiar with more advanced topics in cognition and their multidisciplinary investigation through use of behavioural, computational, neuropsychological and neuroimaging tools.


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 unit will be taught via lectures and laboratory classes.

E-learning provision: Supplementary reading, 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 academic audience
  • work effectively in a team
  • develop skills in critical thinking

Assessment methods

Lab Report - 80%

Exam - 20%

Feedback methods

Students will receive a grade and written feedback for the lab report and a grade for the exam.

Recommended reading

Ward, J. (2010). The student’s guide to cognitive neuroscience (3rd ed.). Hove: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 80

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gorana Pobric Unit coordinator

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