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PS5027: CORE PRINCIPLES: INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, COGNITIVE AND BIOLOGICAL (2020-2021)

Last modified: 23 Jul 2020 17:55


Course Overview

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 45 credits (22.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Constanze Hesse

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Psychology (PS)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course provides a thorough foundation in three core research areas of psychology. Cognitive psychologists attempt to model and explain higher human abilities. In this course students will learn to critically evaluate the major findings from human memory research, language processing, and perception. Biological psychology lectures will explore historical developments and contemporary research on psychopharmacology and neuropsychology. Individual differences will explore key theories in personality and intelligence research and the real-life application of psychometric assessments. In addition, students will attend a seminar series delivered by the Schools’ international-recognised researchers.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Meeting during University week8
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

30% Multiple Choice Questions

25% Essay

15% Group Presentation

30% Online Open Book Exam in Week 12

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to critically evaluate contemporary models of human cognition
FactualUnderstandTo be able to critically evaluate the relationship between biological processes affecting the brain and normal and abnormal behaviour and cognition.
FactualEvaluateStudents will be able to critically evaluate the issues associated with using and interpreting psychometric tests
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will learn to critically evaluate topics related to contemporary psychology and to communicate this in coursework and exam essays.
FactualUnderstandStudents will be able to describe and explain theoretical explanations of human cognition

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