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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2013-2014 (archived)


Department: Psychology


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2013/14 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • PSYC2081 Memory & Cognition OR PSYS2121 Neuropsychology and Perceptual Processes


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • This module will give students an understanding of cognitive neuropsychological models of high level behaviour such as remembering, recognising, short and long term memory and the role of the brain in such behaviour


  • The topics will normally include:
  • Techniques, methods and approaches in neuropsychology
  • Anterograde amnesia
  • Retrograde amnesia
  • Episodic memory
  • Semantic memory
  • The module will also cover related conceptual and historical issues in psychology

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed knowledge of some current theories in the cognitive neuropsychology of memory and evidence relating to these theories
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to review critically and consolidate understanding of a coherent body of psychological knowledge and apply it appropriately
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good IT skills in word processing, data manipulation and data presentation
  • Ability to work independently in scholarship and research within broad guidelines

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

  • The module will be assessed by a summatively assessed course work essay and a two-hour examination
  • Essays are the most appropriate form to evaluate the learning outcomes listed above
  • They give the opportunity for students to give evidence of their knowledge, while evaluating argument and evidence, comparing theoretical positions and interpreting empirical work in the light of theory

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Total 200
Lectures 18 Weekly 2 Hours 36
Seminars 3 1 per term 2 Hours 6
Preparation and Reading 158

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative Essay Component Weighting: 30%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
2000 word essay 100%
Component: Examination Component Weighting: 70%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
two-hour examination 100%

Formative Assessment:


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