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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Psychology

PSYC41630: Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to C8K109 Cognitive Neuroscience

Prerequisites

  • None

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

  • This module aims to provide students with advanced in-depth knowledge of the current theoretical issues in the field of cognition and neuropsychology in order to provide students with advanced in-depth knowledge of historical and philosophical issues within the field of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Content

  • The module uses seminars, class discussions and practicals to examine current research issues in a range of areas within the field of cognitive neuroscience. These current issues may include topics in the field of vision, auditory, memory, attention, emotion, and motor processing amongst others. Students will be presented with a choice of papers from the field and workshops will support students to carry out in-depth reviews of two of these papers and place them in the context of modern theory.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed understanding of specific research questions in the field of cognitive neuroscience
  • Acquisition of knowledge about the history, background and development of research within the field of cognitive neuroscience
  • Detailed understanding of 'classic' experiments in cognitive neuroscience
  • Understanding the relevance of 'classic' studies to modern research
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Developing the ability to:
  • Present (poster) advanced topics
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Developing the ability to learn independently within broad guidelines

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is taught by way of weekly double seminars and practicals in Michaelmas and Epiphany term which will support in-depth learning about specific research questions in the field of cognitive neuroscience. Seminars and practicals will involve both small group teaching and student-led discussion, which will assist students to learn independently and develop their oral communication skills. The formative essay on material arising from the seminars will assess students' written communication skills as well as their in-depth knowledge of these research issues.
  • Workshops in Michaelmas and Epiphany term will support the students' learning of classic studies in cognitive neuroscience and will support students' communication skills (oral and poster presentation). Students' understanding of classic experiments will be summatively assessed through a poster presentation of the work.
  • The written exam will also assess students' written communication skills and their ability to learn independently.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 1 1 per term 1 hour 2
Seminars 8 3 in term 1, 5 in term 2 2 hours 16
Practicals 8 3 in term 1, 5 in term 2 2 hours 16
Workshops 3 1 in term 1, 2 in term 2 2 hours 6
Preparation & Reading 260
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Presentation Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Poster 100%
Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hour 100%

Formative Assessment:

2000 words essay.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University