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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Cognition
Module Code PSYC501
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David McGovern
Semester 2: David McGovern
Autumn: David McGovern
Module TeachersDavid McGovern
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The aims of this module are to provide an advanced overview of theoretical, conceptual, research and methodological advances, at, or informed by, the forefront of enquiry within cognitive psychology. Particular focus will be on control and representational processes that cover core areas of cognition including attention, working memory and executive function, memory, language and reasoning. Theoretical issues, such as the etiology, development and remediation of disordered cognition will also be critically considered in the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically consider and evaluate key conceptual, theoretical, research and methodological advances, at, or informed by, the forefront of cognitive psychology.
2. Critically identify and consider key factors influencing typical cognitive function.
3. Critically appraise the etiology, development and remediation of disordered cognitive function.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22On campus lectures in line with learning outcomes and indicative content
Tutorial44 tutorials to supplement workshops on key topics in Cognition
Independent Study65Lecture review and independent learning
Assignment Completion34Independent assessment preparation and completion
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 and history of cognitive psychology

Theoretical issues in cognition

Experimental methods of investigation

Models of attention

Mental representation and imagery

Short- and long-term memory

Rationality, judgement and decision-making

Language and cognition

Emotion and cognition

Intelligence and knowledge


Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationShort oral presentation on key topic in Cognition20%n/a
AssignmentAssignment where students have to answer two questions that require a broad knowledge of topics covered during the semester80%n/a
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 Eysenck, Mark T. Keane: 2020, Cognitive Psychology: A student's handbook, 8th, Psychology Press, London,
  • Michael Gazzinga, Richard Ivry: 2013, Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind, 4th, WW Norton,
  • E. Bruce Goldstein, Johanna van Hooff: 2021, Cognitive Psychology, 2nd, Cenage Learning,
  • E.Bruce Goldstein: 2011, Cognitive Psychology, 3rd, Wadworth Publishing, Belmont, CA, US,
  • Nick Braisby, Angus Gellatly: 2012, Cognitive Psychology, 2nd, Oxford University Press, London,
  • Ken Gilhooly, Fiona Lyddy, Frank Pollick: 2014, Cognitive Psychology, McGraw-Hill, Berkshire, UK,
  • Edward E. Smith and Stephen M. Kosslyn: 2009, Cognitive Psychology, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, US,
  • Daniel Reisberg: 2013, Cognition, 4th, WW Norton, New York, US,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MPCMSc in Psychology (Conversion)

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