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Understanding Applied Cognitive Psychology


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This Understanding Applied Cognitive Psychology short course will ground you in the key principles of cognitive psychology and the major elements of cognition (attention, perception and memory) that will serve as the foundation for more detailed exploration of these topics. You will also be introduced to key theories and research in areas of problem solving, decision making and expertise.

The focus throughout is on the applications of cognitive psychology, particularly in your own learning and problem solving.

We plan to cover the following:

  • Key concepts in cognitive psychology
  • Attention and its relevance to problem solving and learning
  • Perception
  • Human memory (long term, short term) and how an understanding of this can help your own learning
  • Introduction to problem solving
  • Creative problem solving
  • How to become an expert
  • Introduction to decision-making models (and their limitations)
  • Heuristics and social biases
  • Assumptions and methods within cognitive psychology

Assessment is via a 1500-word essay (50%) and one-hour in-class timed assessment (50%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.