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PSYC2518 Cognitive Neuroscience

10 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr Melanie Burke

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 1 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology or BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought (and its International and Industrial variants), or BSs Psychology with Education

This module is mutually exclusive with

PSYC3418Joint Honours/Intercalated Programme: Cognitive Neuroscience

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This course will build upon Level 2 Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology modules (specifically, it will build upon basic principles of human physiology and cognitive processes learned in these modules) and will provide a mid-level to advanced critical knowledge of the field of human cognitive and affective neuroscience.


This module aims to provide in depth coverage of key concepts in 'Cognitive Neuroscience'. The module will be taught by a team of experts in the subject.
Students will continue to develop their knowledge of this discipline with particular emphasis on the research expertise of the module team.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be expected to have a critical understanding on how several cognitive, affective and motivational processes are underpinned by neurobiological processes. Students should also be able to effectively communicate themes and arguments in Human Cognition. They will also be expected to have a robust and up to date knowledge on how structural and dynamical aspects of the human brain relate to several psychological processes.

They will also be expected to have acquired a critical understanding of the main epistemological and methodological issues related to human cognitive neuroscience. This knowledge will be critical to prepare students for Level 3 modules from the Biological and Cognitive range of options.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical analysis of published research, and in literature search.


Syllabus includes:
- Historical and epistemological foundations of cognitive neuroscience
- Methods in cognitive neuroscience
- Fundamentals of human Neuroscience and the neuroscientific bases of the following domains: Long-term memory, Working memory, Executive function, Aging, Language, Lateralization in the brain, Motivation, Emotion and appetite.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment10.500.50
Private study hours82.50
Total Contact hours17.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 40 hours: 10 x 4 hours preparation for each lecture
- 10 hours: preparation for mid-module MCQ
- 29 hours: preparation for the end of semester exam
- 3.5 hours: preparation for tutorial

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The mid-module MCQ test will provide feedback to the student as to whether their preparation and understanding of the topic areas has been sufficient.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The exam will consist of two parts. Essay questions (70% of module mark) and MCQs (30%). Successful performance in the exam will require private study of lecture notes, lecture slides and additional readings determined by the module leaders. Demonstration of independent and appropriate additional readings will be rewarded.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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