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PS3038 Cognition

SCOTCAT credits:10
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Available to General Degree students with permission of the Psychology Honours Adviser
Planned timetable:Lectures: 9.00 am - 11.00 am Thu. 1-hour practical: one of Thu 2-3, 3-4, 4-5. (Module runs in weeks 7 - 11 only).

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of human cognitive processes. Topic areas covered include, for example, attention, memory, reasoning, and decision making. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the skill of critical evaluation of evidence and theory. Lectures will be accompanied by practical classes, in which students will gain experience of the experimental methods used in cognitive research, and seminars in which research papers will be critically evaluated.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Neuroscience, Single Honours Psychology. Either PS3037 or PS3038 (normally PS3038) is a compulsory for Joint Honours Psychology, Psychology with Biology, Psychology with Film Studies, Psychology with Geography and for BPS Recognition.

UG Pre-requisite(s):PS2001 and PS2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour laboratory class or seminar (Weeks 7 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 15
  • Guided independent study: 85

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr T Otto
Module teaching staff:Dr T Otto