SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2C825412
Module Leader Monika McNeill
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Foundations in Psychology, or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module provides an integrated introduction to biological, cognitive and developmental areas of psychology. It is designed to provide a progressive educational experience from some of the core areas covered at level one and also to underpin progression to more specialised modules later in the degree programme.


The content of this module is divided into three main sections: Biological Psychology: The content of the biological psychology component will be drawn from a selection of the following: the human nervous system and stress response; neuroscience including anatomy and function of the brain; the biology of the visual system; evolutionary aspects of human behaviour. Cognitive Psychology: The content of the cognitive psychology component will be drawn from a selection of the following: historical development of cognitive psychology, different approaches to studying human cognition, including experimental and computational paradigms; cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Developmental Psychology: The content of the developmental psychology component will be drawn from a selection of the following: Concepts underpinning the study of development; Cognitive development; Emotional and Social Development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Describe and discuss some key principles relating to biological, cognitive and developmental psychology (assessed by the seen examination)2. Demonstrate the application of cognitive, developmental and biological knowledge to a real-word example (assessed through the lab report)3. Successfully conduct stages of a laboratory experiment, e.g. formulating predictions; development of materials, participant recruitment, running the experiment, analysing data, drawing conclusions from data (assessed through the lab report).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered through weekly lectures (2 hours/week). Alongside the lectures, the students will conduct a laboratory experiment that applies biological, cognitive and developmental aspects of human experience to a real-life example (2 hours/week). The labs are designed to promote student-led enquiry and learning. Summative assessment will involve the production of a written report, which will be formatively assessed by students before summative submission, as well as a two hour seen examination.

Indicative Reading

Eysenck, M.W. (2012) Fundamentals of Cognition (2nd Ed.) Psychology Press, Hove. Gillibrand, R., Lam, V. & O'Donnell, V.L. (2011): Developmental Psychology. Prentice Hall. Kalat, J. (2009). Biological Psychology (10th Ed).New York: Wadsworth.

Transferrable Skills

Students will -360 1. acquire skills in critical thinking and analysis 2. acquire group work competencies including feedback to peers 3. acquire practice in designing a scientific study.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 2.00 50.00 35% Two Hour formal examination via Exams Office.
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% 2000 word lab report