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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2018 - 2019

Module Title Cognition
Module Code NS124
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr. Lorraine BoranOffice NumberH269B
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
The aim of this module is to provide an overview of cognition including attention, mental-representation and imagery, memory, 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 and cognitive neuropsychology.

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
Lecture24Based on indicative content and learning outcomes
Tutorial4Moderator and student-led tutorials
Independent Study95Self directed learning including exam preparation
Directed learning2Formal examination
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List
  • Nick Braisby, Angus Gellatly: 2012, Cognitive Psychology, 2nd, Oxford University Press, London, 9780199236992
  • Michael Eysenck, Mark T. Keane: 0, Cognitive Psychology Ed7, 7th, Psychology Press, 9781841695402
  • Ken Gilhooly, Fiona Lyddy, Frank Pollick: 2014, Cognitive Psychology, McGraw-Hill, Berkshire, UK, 978-0077122669
  • [edited by] Richard A. P. Roche and Seán Commins: 2009, Pioneering studies in cognitive neuroscience, Open University Press, Maidenhead, 9780335233564
  • Edward E. Smith and Stephen M. Kosslyn; with the contributions of Lawrence W. Barsalou... [et al.]: 2009, Cognitive psychology, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 9780131825086
  • John Anderson,: 2009, Cognitive Psychology and its Implications, 7th, Worth Publishers, New York, 978-1429219488
  • Alan Baddeley: 2007, Working memory, thought, and action, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K, 9780198528012
  • Alan Baddeley, Michael W. Eysenck and Michael C. Anderson: 2009, Memory, Psychology Press, Hove, 9781848720008
  • Carol Brown,: 2007, Cognitive Psychology, SAGE Publications Ltd., London, 9781412918398
  • Greg Francis, Ian Neath,: 2007, CogLab Online with Access Code, Version 2.0, 4th, Wadsworth Publishing, Belmont, CA, 9780495107781
  • E. Bruce Goldstein,: 2011, Cognitive Psychology, 3rd, Wadworth Publishing, Belmont, CA, 9780840033550
  • David Hardman (Editor), Laura Macchi (Editor): 2005, Thinking: Psychological Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgment and Decision Making, Wiley, Chichester, 9780470025727
  • Trevor Harley,: 2008, The Psychology of Language, 3rd, Psychology Press, New York, 9781841693828
  • Stephen M. Kosslyn: 1994, Image and brain, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 0262111845
  • Stephen Kosslyn, William Thompson, Giorgio Ganis,: 2009, The Case for Mental Imagery, Oxford University Press, USA, 9780195398977
  • Nick Lund,: 2011, Attention (Foundations of Psychology), Routledge, London, 9780415592147
  • Philip Quinlan & Ben Dyson: 2008, Cognitive psychology, Pearson, Harlow, UK, 9780131298101
  • 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
  • Elizabeth Styles,: 2006, The Psychology of Attention, 2nd, Psychology Press, Hove, 9781841693972
Other Resources
Programme or List of Programmes
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology
Timetable this semester: Timetable for NS124