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Unit information: Brain and Cognition (Conversion) in 2021/22

Unit name Brain and Cognition (Conversion)
Unit code PSYCM0074
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Nick Scott-Samuel
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The unit covers a number of topics in cognitive neuroscience. Students will be exposed to a wide range of techniques used in the study of the link between brain, mind and behaviour. The course provides key coverage of areas in Biological and Cognitive Psychology required for accreditation by the professional body, the British Psychological Society. It will address key topics in cognitive psychology, drawing on evidence from behavioural experiments and neuroscience.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1) Explain contemporary theories and findings in Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

2) Review methodological approaches to the study of Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

3) Apply knowledge of Cognitive and Biological Psychology to understand human behaviour.

4) Recognise the conceptual and historical roots of Cognitive and Biological Psychology, and relate these disciplines to other areas of psychological science.

Teaching Information

Self-paced online asynchronous content will be and supported by live synchronous seminars. During "teaching weeks", different groups of students engage with the content from different lecturers for that week (including the synchronous seminar that week). The coursework essay is supported by an essay guidance tutorial where students can seek feedback on their essay plan. Additional support from lecturers is available throughout the unit through the forum and drop-in sessions. A synchronous essay feedback seminar is scheduled once the essay marks have been returned.

Assessment Information

1 x 2000 word essay (50%) and 1 x timed assessment with students answering 3 out of 6 questions (50%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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