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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY1002 Module Title: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 1
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.102 (COG)
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: CLIFFORD AM Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Runs once across the autumn and spring semesters

Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment
Weighting towards Module Mark (%)  
Essay (1200 words) on set topic
MCQ – 1.5 hours
Module Overview

Cognitive Psychology is concerned with the ways people acquire, retain and use knowledge. In psychological terminology it is the study of perception, memory, learning and thinking.


All other Level 1 Psychology modules are co-requisites

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the major topics and issues within cognitive psychology.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, the student should show evidence of a broad base of knowledge of these topics/issues upon which the more substantive information provided in year 2 can build.

Module Content

This module will cover issues and theories related to the following general topics:

  • Sensation, Perception and Action 
  • Attention
  • Memory 
  • Language processes
  • Thinking and Reasoning
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and Tutorials with academic tutors. 20 one-hour lectures taken across the 2 semesters.
Tutorials taken during the year will consider issues arising from the lectures

Selected Texts/Journals

Most recent books on Cognitive Psychology will discuss the topics covered in the module. 

A good general introduction can be found in: 

Eysenck, M. (1998) Psychology: An Integrated Approach. Addisson-Wesley Longman (see chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8). 

Other recommended texts which also cover 2nd year topics are: 

Parkin, A.J. (2000) Essential Cognitive Psychology. Psychology Press. 

Sekuler, R. & Blake, R. (1994, 2002) Perception. McGraw-Hill. 

Last Updated

25th March 2009