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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Cognition
Module Code PSYC103
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David McGovern
Semester 2: David McGovern
Autumn: David McGovern
Module TeachersDavid McGovern
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of cognition including attention, mental-representation and imagery, memory and reasoning ability such as creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making. The role of language and emotion in cognition will also be considered. Particular emphasis will be also be placed on an interdisciplinary explanatory framework within an historical and theoretical context, including cognitive science, cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically consider classical and contemporary approaches to studying cognitive psychology
2. Describe the main theories and research findings covered in the module
3. Evaluate key theories and research findings covered in the module
4. Identify the value of inter-disciplinary research in the study of cognitive processes

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Lectures based on indicative content and learning outcomes
Tutorial4Moderator and student-led tutorials
Assignment Completion26Independent assessment preparation and completion
Directed learning75Lecture review and independent learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to and history of cognitive psychology

Experimental methods of investigation

Models of attention

Mental representation and imagery

Structure of memory

Reasoning and problem-solving

Rationality, judgement and decision-making

Language and cognition

Emotion and cognition

Theoretical issues in Cognitive Psychology

Intelligence and knowledge


Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Michael W. Eysenck, Mark T. Keane: 2020, Cognitive Psychology, 8th, Psychology Press, 9781138482234
  • Michael Gazzaniga, Richard Ivry: 2013, Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind, 4th,
  • E. Bruce Goldstein: 2010, Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience, 3rd, Cengage Learning, 9780840033550
  • E. Bruce Goldstein, Johanna von Hooff: 2021, Cognitive Psychology, 2nd, Cengage Learning, 9781473734524
  • Nick Braisby, Angus Gellatly: 2012, Cognitive Psychology, 2nd, Oxford University Press, London, 9780199236992
  • Ken Gilhooly, Fiona Lyddy, Frank Pollick: 2014, Cognitive Psychology, McGraw-Hill, Berkshire, UK, 978-0077122669
  • Daniel Reisberg: 2009, Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind, 4th, W. W. Norton, New York, 9780393198515
  • Robert J. Sternberg,: 2011, Cognitive Psychology, 6th, Wadsworth Publishing, Belmont, CA, 9781111344764
Other Resources

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