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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC3539 Cognition and Emotion

15 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Jelena Havelka

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 2 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology, BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought (and its International and Industrial variants) or BSc Psychology with Education (and its International and Industrial variants)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will examine contemporary scientific study of cognition and emotion. The contribution from the experimental psychology, neuropsychology and clinical psychology to this field of study will be considered. Current research papers will be considered alongside seminal work allowing for the understanding of both state of the art and the development of the discipline.


On completion of this module students should:
- Be familiar with the main theoretical and methodological approaches to study of emotion and cognition.
- Understand the role that emotion plays in different cognitive processes (e.g. perception, attention, memory, language, thinking and decision making).
- Understand how disorders of emotion (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD) affect cognitive function.
- Learn about the psychology of emotional regulation.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate evidence for the role that emotion plays in different cognitive processes.
- Understand of the ways in which the interaction between cognition and emotion influences our everyday behaviour.
- Communicate key scientific findings to the general, lay audience both orally and in writing.

Skills outcomes
The module will support the development of
- analytic thinking
- evidence-based reasoning
- information retrieval and evaluation of published studies and reviews
- communication skills


There will be 8 x 1.5-hour lectures, 11 x 1-hour interactive online sessions and work in small groups on presentations that will culminate in 30-minute presentation and Q&A session.

The module will cover the following topics:
Introduction to study of cognition and emotion
The role of emotion on perception and attention
The role of emotion on memory, reasoning and problem solving
Disorders of emotion and their effects on cognition
The psychology of emotional regulation.
Cognition, emotion and day to day life.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning111.0011.00
Independent online learning hours26.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent online learning: This time is allocated for independent literature research and study of examples of published psychology blogs.

Private study:
Six hours of independent study per lecture (8 x 6 = 48 hours).
Preparation of the presentation will take approximately 12 hours.
Preparation and writing of the blog will take approximately 40 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be provided written feedback on the presentation and on the blog.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentScientific Blog (2,000 word limit)70.00
Oral Presentation20 minute long group presentation (or narrated PowerPoint)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

For the presentation students will be split into small groups of 5-6 students. They will be provided with a list of presentation topics to choose from. They will be expected to work on the presentation as a team and to deliver 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes question period. The group will be given formative feedback on the oral aspect of the presentation and a mark on the written output (slides). Students resitting the verbal presentation will be asked to submit PowerPoint slides rather than physically giving the presentation. For the coursework students will be required to write a science blog post. As this will be a novel task for most of them student will be given examples of good science blogs and this coursework will be further supported during interactive online sessions where the challenges of communicating scientific findings to general audience will be discussed. Resit will take the same format.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:21:45


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