Module code: PSY2014

Module Overview

This module will deepen students' understanding of theories, methods and findings of studies in perception and cognition. Through attending a series of lectures and tutorials students will acquire knowledge in the area and practise critiquing given pieces of research and developing research ideas.

Module provider


Module Leader

SOLTANLOU Mojtaba (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 96

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Tutorial Hours: 10

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Biological Psychology with Research Methods 1 & 2; Cognitive Psychology with Research Methods 1

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Concepts and Categories

  • Speech Perception 

  • Executive Functions

  • Mathematical Cognition

  • Sensory Perception

  • Perception and Movement

  • Judgement and Decision Making

  • Reasoning

  • Visual Attention

  • Face processing


The research proposal, that will be developed during the research seminars, will introduce students to design quantitative research. This will include multiple opportunities to develop digital literacy, including the evaluation of previous theories, development of research tools using knowledge learned throughout the module and gaining experience of transferable skills, such as written and verbal presentation.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following skills:

Key digital literacy skills, including: their ability to critically engage with academic literature and their ability to critically review the literature and to assess the quality and quantity of evidence in psychology.


The assessments will also allow students to demonstrate key employability skills, specifically their ability to present clear, coherent, and concise arguments to an audience. The preregistration is used to summarise the students’ ability to design and report a quantitative research project. The preregistration also includes the task of the sample size and power calculation, task design, and analysis plan, to help develop professionalism, interpersonal skills and expressing confidence within research environment. It is expected that students will work with peers on the development of their preregistration, developing strong interpersonal skills that supplement their learning, in support of their own independent research.

Formative assessment

Throughout the module students will receive verbal feedback in question and answer sessions linked to the lectures. Additional formative assessment includes:

  • Written Feedback on research methods report

  • Dialogue between students and staff in lectures and tutorials

  • Generic written feedback on examinations

Students are also encouraged to reflect on their own decision making, considering solutions to practitioner-based problems.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • One group presentation of research methods using formatted template

  • One unseen online essay exam

Module aims

  • Help you develop knowledge in the area of cognitive psychology.
  • To learn to use your knowledge of cognitive psychology to form a persuasive argument..
  • Provide students with an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of cognitive psychology.
  • Familiarise students with human cognition from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Give students the skills to critically evaluate research in cognitive psychology by employing evidence-based reasoning.
  • Provide students with a basic understanding of qualitative research methods.
  • Provide students with opportunities to be critical and effective communicators, through group-based activities and presentations.
  • Familiarise students with open science, transparency, and reproducibility.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand and describe the contribution that cognitive concepts can make to human development in a practical environment. KC
002 Understand the nature and scope of research in cognitive psychology. K
003 Describe and assess the major theoretical and methodological issues that underpin human cognition. K
004 Display critical evaluation of the empirical studies in cognitive psychology and different perspectives in relation to the available evidence. CP
005 Understand and critically assess the individual differences in cognitive skills and their contribution to diverse societies. KC
006 Explain and reflect on different psychological theories and be able to perform different research methods in cognitive psychology. KP
007 Develop proficiency with the distinctive contribution of an evidence-based approach to cognitive psychology. CT
008 Understand the theoretical approaches that are used to explain human behaviours. KC
009 Be able to design quantitative research study and present it, utilizing module knowledge and to present evidence of reasoning and analytical skills to write a persuasive research proposal. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Give students familiarity with the thinking and writing of the key figures in cognitive psychology from a diverse range of backgrounds.

  • Provide students with the foundational knowledge to enable them to describe key theories used in cognitive psychology.

  • Give students the digital literacy skills to critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives and the empirical evidence that tests them.

  • Provide students with the resourcefulness to critically discuss the implications of key findings relating to cognitive psychology.

  • Provide students with a foundational understanding of key psychological and quantitative research methods used within the field.

  • Enable students to develop, demonstrate and apply research skills by engaging with key aspects of the research process such as study design, preregistration, recruitment, data collection, and analysis plan.

  • Enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and critical thinking required to be able to understand with human behaviours, by applying theory to practice.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Seminars

Students are invited to contribute to discussions from their own background and experiences and are encouraged to be actively involved in problem solving, thus developing their own judgment and opinions. Students are further encouraged to engage with this through group work to develop research proposals and presentations for the assessment.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Resourcefulness and resilience:

Students are required to take their initial learning on the module and apply it to design a preregistration which is subsequently used for their presentation and the coursework assessment. The questions need to be open enough to invite discussion with the participant but focused enough to target the specific aspect of cognitive psychology they plan to investigate.


Global and Cultural Capabilities:

Students are encouraged to consider how differing perspectives, backgrounds, and individual differences can affect group dynamics and teamwork.


Digital Capabilities and Open Science:

Students are provided with multiple opportunities to develop their digital literacy, including evaluating different psychological theories, articles, their validity, and practical use. Students are also required to engage with open research, transparency, and reproducibility for their research plan and preregistration.



The learning aims and assessments are designed to develop students’ employability skills. It is expected that students will work with peers on the development of their preregistration during the research seminars, which require teamwork and effective communication skills with group members and during the presentations. That leads to develop research skills, apply their knowledge about human cognition, and also strong interpersonal skills that supplement their learning, in support of their own independent research.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons)(CORE) 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.