Ageing: Mind, Brain, and Behaviour

The details
Kaplan Singapore
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
27 May 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C800JS Psychology,
BSC C800NS Psychology

Module description

The module covers three major themes in the psychology of ageing: mind, brain, and behaviour. The mind theme introduces cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of ageing. We consider decision making in older age, how older adults interact with their social environment, and how emotional processing changes with age. The brain theme introduces neurological changes that occur with age and how these affect memory and attention and other aspects of cognition and emotion. Dementia and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, are also explored. The behaviour theme focuses on the physiology of ageing and introduces students to applied topics.

Module aims

The module covers three broad themes in the psychology of ageing: mind, brain, and behaviour. These themes will familiarise students with interdisciplinary aspects of psychology within the context of ageing. Students will be encouraged to think critically about how behaviours, attitudes, and emotions are affected by underlying cognitive and physiological changes that occur with age.

Module learning outcomes

The lectures will introduce students to the broad approaches and methods used in the psychology of ageing and some of the key issues and concepts. The specific learning outcomes are as follows:
1/ Reflect on themes and issues from class in relation to an older person for the coursework assignment.
2/ Acquire an understanding of key issues and concepts in the psychology of ageing.
3/ Develop critical thinking skills in evaluating methodological approaches and theoretical accounts of the psychology and ageing, and demonstrate these skills and knowledge during the essay-based exam.

Module information

Lectures start on the hour. Please arrive promptly to avoid disrupting the class. There will be a short break halfway through the class. Please ask questions during class if there is anything that is unclear. Lecture comprehension checks are also provided at the end of class as slips of paper to record any questions you have that can be addressed on Moodle or in the next class. You will be expected to participate in classroom activities designed to support your learning.

Learning and teaching methods

The module consists of 10 sessions each lasting 2 hours. Each session will integrate seminar-style discussions with a lecture format. Issues and points raised in the lecture will be discussed during the discussion activities and student participation will be encouraged. This may include discussion groups and other methods of student participation tailored to group size. This module will be taught by blended learning. This will combine online material and face to face sessions where appropriate.



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Case Report    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 0%


Coursework Exam
30% 70%
Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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