This module is designed to provide you with an overview of the human cognitive system and its principles of information processing, demonstrating how these have been applied to understanding learning at different educational levels and in different educational domains. It will introduce you to theories and empirical research about how information is perceived, represented and stored in the brain, and how it is used during thinking and communication. It will give you practical experience of using some of the research methods that have been used to develop these theories, and outline how they have been applied to learning in different educational domains.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically evaluate research in cognitive psychology.
- Interpret, and effectively communicate, theoretical and empirical research in written form.
- Outline the basic components and information processing principles of the cognitive system.
- Carry out, and report the findings of, an empirical study investigating a specific cognitive activity.
- Explain how these have been applied to understanding learning in different educational domains.
Topics normally covered in this module will include:
- Basic cognitive processes, including perception, short term / working memory and long term memory.
- Higher mental processes: language comprehension and production, thinking and reasoning
- Applications of these concepts to educational domains, including reading, writing and arithmetic.
- Research methods in Cognitive Psychology, including collection and analysis of data relating to the processes covered in the module
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
This module will use a mix of lectures and seminars along with directed reading and suggested additional research. Sessions will last two hours and involve an interactive lecture on a syllabus topic, followed by a seminar or practical activity. Seminars will include 2 practicals where you will carry out an experimental study of an area covered in the module, and analyse and report the data that you have collected. Other seminars will require you to read, and participate in group discussions about, research papers on specific lecture-related topics. Seminars will typically also involve group discussion of the implications for educational policy and practice.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
The Psychology of Language: from Data to Theory.. Psychology Press.
Thinking and Reasoning. Psychology Press.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External