Cognition 1

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cognition 1

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisites: PY1CG Cognition and Learning or PY1CG2 Cognition and Learning for Consumer Behaviour students or PY1PC Perception
    Non-modular pre-requisites: For non-Psychology students only

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Summary module description:
    PY2CN1 Cognition 1

    The student should gain an understanding of theory and research into human memory including the different forms of memory (e.g., working memory, long-term memory, episodic, semantic, procedural and prospective memory). Visual cognition including word recognition and reading, and disorders of cognition.

    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module the student will be able to:

    Show knowledge of theory and research in aspects of memory and thinking, as assessed by multiple-choice tests and set coursework assignments.

    Additional outcomes:
    Students will be able to apply general knowledge of research methods to the topics covered within this module in order to critically evaluate the results of scientific studies. Students will be able to apply knowledge about human memory obtained during this module to practical real-world problems.

    Outline content:
    (a) The information-processing approach to understanding human memory, conducted by means of experimental studies and behavioural data.
    (b) The results of such research, including the proposed subdivision of human memory into different memory sub-systems and the different routes by which reading is achieved.
    (c) The nature and consequences of impaired cognition (e.g., because of a closed-head injury).
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    (a) Lectures on topics to do with human memory, supported by Blackboard VLE and recommended reading on memory, learning assessed throughout the term.
    (b) Continuous assessment exercises tied to course content.
    (c) Revision sessions preparatory to end-of-term multiple choice tests.

    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Set exercise 30%
    Class test administered by School 70%

    Other information on summative assessment:
    This module is assessed through coursework (30%) and an end-of-term multiple choice test (70%). Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures.

    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

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