School of Psychology

Psychobiology of Cog Ageing and Dementia (C8833)

Psychobiology of Cognitive Ageing and Dementia

Module C8833

Module details for 2014/15.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module will examine cognitive processes in older adulthood, and the neuropharmacology and neuroanatomy of normal and abnormal changes that are observed. It will describe the clinical and functional consequences of agerelated changes in cognitive performance, and it will describe the risk and protective factors associated with the most common organic dementias. It will examine current treatment options and future treatment possibilities, considering both drug and psychotherapeutic options.

Module learning outcomes

demonstrate knowledge of normal and abnormal changes in cognitive processes in older adults

understand what biochemical changes and structural changes are associated with dementias

understand how physical brain changes relate to cognitive changes in normal and abnormal ageing

critically discuss explanations for the causes of dementia and alternative approaches to the treatment

produce work that demonstrates critical evaluation of psychological studies, ability to extract and summarise relevant material from original texts, and oral presentation skills.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Poster PresentationT2 Week 11 (20 minutes)80.00%
PresentationT2 Week 6 20.00%
Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment75.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours001001001001

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Jennifer Rusted

Convenor, Assess convenor

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