PY0547 - Psychobiology, Cognition and Individual Differences

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the psychobiological basis of human behaviour, memory and cognition, and individual differences, covering conceptual and historical development of the area as well as contemporary literature and debates. You will apply basic concepts of biological psychology to complex human behaviours like drug addiction, stress and aggression. You will also earn about a range of theoretical and applied topics within memory and cognition such as memory and attention, memory disorders and applied memory research. In addition, the module will cover the nature and dynamics of intelligence, the reasons why people differ in intelligence and personality, and where individual differences in intelligence and personality originate.

These three perspectives will be contextualised through the use of case studies and/or expert opinion embedded into the lecture series which will form the basis for points of discussion in the lectures. Towards the revision stage of the module you will be provided with guidance on literature searching, critical thinking skills and essay writing skills.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures and independent learning. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to develop a greater understanding of psychobiology, cognitive psychology and individual differences and how these relate to real world scenarios. The lectures will form the basis of the material on which you will be assessed.

You will have the opportunity to engage in in-class discussions, quizzes and by the use of technology enhanced learning like TurningPoint; which is an interactive audience response system to questions set by your tutor, and panopto; which is a means of your tutor recording their voice over particularly challenging slides/materials.

Independent study will give you further opportunity to enhance skills in critical analysis and explore key theoretical underpinnings and practical contexts relating to psychobiology, cognitive psychology and individual differences. Revision sessions will help you prepare for forthcoming examinations and provide guidance on revision strategies. Feedback sessions will help you learn about your strengths and areas in which you could improve. You will be given the opportunity to attend a post-assessment tutorial with the tutor to identify your strengths in the assessment and areas where improvements may be made.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutors will support you by making a variety of resources linked to the lectures series and assessments available on the e-learning portal (e.g. PowerPoint slides, lectures handouts, reading lists, and mock exam papers).

A discussion board on the e-learning portal will be available for students to pose and respond to questions among peers, this will enhance collegiality and also means that support is available to all students. Module tutors may enter into discussions on the e-portal where appropriate.
Technology enhanced learning will be implemented through the use of Panopto recording and Turningpoint software.

The tutors will be available for tutorials to discuss the topics covered in the psychobiology, cognitive psychology and individual differences components of the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MK1: You will be expected to demonstrate conceptual knowledge of key topics in psychobiology, cognitive psychology and individual differences, and convey this knowledge succinctly.
MK2: You will be able to critically evaluate different perspectives in psychobiology, cognitive psychology and individual differences, based on the best available evidence and research

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MIP1: You will demonstrate awareness of the context in which psychology sits through psychological debate, such evaluative skills are essential for employability


Personal Values Attributes:
MPV1: You will also develop the characteristics of a Northumbria psychology graduate through the ability to communicate your ideas appropriately in different contexts.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
You will have the opportunity to complete mock exam papers and attempt brief written debates (MK1; MPV1)

Summative Assessment
The first assessment (40%) will be a 3000 word essay focusing on either ‘psychobiology’, ‘cognitive psychology’ or ‘individual differences’. (MK2; MIP1; MPV1)

The exam (60%) will be a 2-hour unseen short answer exam during which you will be expected to answer 3 short questions; 1 from psychobiology, 1 from cognitive psychology, and 1 from individual differences. (MK1; MPV1)


Feedback
Module tutors will provide feedback and guidance on appropriate answers to mock exams.

For the essay, feedback will be provided on the electronic submission in the form of a level-specific rubric. Additional written comments will be provided that identify a minimum of one strength, one weakness and one area for improvement. A general feedback session will also be held during the module.
For the exam, written feedback will be provided along with general feedback comments provided via the eLearning Portal

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The module will develop your understanding of the psychobiological basis of human behaviour, memory and cognition, and individual differences. You will discuss some of the most interesting and complex human behaviours (e.g. what are the biological factors and psychological influences that regulate our eating behaviours and the extent to which we feel pain?), a range of theoretical and applied topics within memory and cognition (e.g. attention and memory disorders), and the nature and origins of intelligence and personality.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, in-class activities and tutorials, along with independent study. You will complete two assessments: The first will be an essay focussing on a specific topic within the module; the second will be a 2-hour unseen exam during which you will answer 3 short questions on specific topics chosen from psychobiology, cognitive psychology and individual differences.

Your learning will be supported by a variety of e-learning resources and lecture capture, as well as in-class quizzes and discussions.

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the psychobiological basis of human behaviour, memory and cognition, and individual differences, covering conceptual and historical development of the area as well as contemporary literature and debates. You will apply basic concepts of biological psychology to complex human behaviours like drug addiction, stress and aggression. You will also earn about a range of theoretical and applied topics within memory and cognition such as memory and attention, memory disorders and applied memory research. In addition, the module will cover the nature and dynamics of intelligence, the reasons why people differ in intelligence and personality, and where individual differences in intelligence and personality originate.

These three perspectives will be contextualised through the use of case studies and/or expert opinion embedded into the lecture series which will form the basis for points of discussion in the lectures. Towards the revision stage of the module you will be provided with guidance on literature searching, critical thinking skills and essay writing skills.

Course info

UCAS Code C800

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full time or 4 years full time with optional study abroad year

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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