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form and conduct of examinations, 2007-08

Notices by Faculty Boards, or other bodies concerned, of changes to the form and conduct of certain examinations to be held in 2007-08, by comparison with those examinations in 2007, are published below. Complete details of the form and conduct of all examinations are available from the Faculties or Departments concerned.

Natural Sciences Tripos, 2008

Further to their notice of 5 December 2007 (p. 354), the Committee of Management for the Natural Sciences Tripos give notice that, with effect from the examinations to be held in 2008, the form and conduct of certain of the examinations for the Natural Sciences Tripos will be changed as follows:

Psychology

The examination shall comprise two alternative options, (A) and (B). Option (A) is for students wishing to obtain accreditation with the British Psychological Society, and will be known as Psychology (Psychology); Option (B) is for students who do not require accreditation with the Society, and will be known as Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience).

Both options include four written papers and the submission of project work.

There shall be separate written papers for Option (A) and Option (B). The questions in Sections A and B on each paper shall be the same for each option.

Written papers - Option A (Psychology)

Paper 1 is divided into three sections (A, B, and C).

Candidates taking Option (A) are required to answer one question from each section.

Section A will contain questions on Statistics; Section B will contain questions on Methodology and Experimental Design; Section C will contain essay questions that require candidates to synthesize information from different branches of the subject, or to discuss the history and philosophy of psychology. In Section C, candidates will have the opportunity to write about a major conceptual, interdisciplinary issue in either Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g. Are objects and concepts represented in the brain by the activities of single cells? In what sense can animals think? How far is our behaviour influenced by our evolutionary history?).

Papers 2 and 3 are each divided into three sections (A, B, and C).

Candidates taking Option (A) are required to answer one question from each section.

Section A will contain questions on topics such as Visual Perception and Cognition, Auditory and Speech Perception, Comparative Psychology of Learning and Cognition, and Human Memory and Decisions. Section B will contain questions on Motivation and Psychopathology, Memory and Higher Functions, and Language. Section C will contain questions on Developmental Psychology, Atypical Psychology, Social Psychology, and Individual Differences. (Note: Abnormal Psychology questions can appear in either Sections B or C, depending on the degree to which neuropsychological knowledge has to be recruited.)

Paper 4 is divided into three sections (A, B, and C). Candidates taking Option (A) are required to answer three questions and there are no constraints on the choice of questions.

Paper 4 contains questions from all three sections of the course.

Written papers - Option B (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Paper 1 is divided into three sections (A, B, and C).

Candidates taking Option (B) are required to answer one question from each section.

Section A will contain questions on Statistics; Section B will contain questions on Methodology and Experimental Design; Section C will contain essay questions that require candidates to synthesize information from different branches of the subject, or to discuss the history and philosophy of psychology. In Section C, candidates will have the opportunity to write about a major conceptual, interdisciplinary issue in either Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g. Are objects and concepts represented in the brain by the activities of single cells? In what sense can animals think? How far is our behaviour influenced by our evolutionary history?).

Papers 2 and 3 are each divided into two sections (A and B).

Candidates taking Option (B) are required to answer three questions, one question from Section A, one from Section B, and the third from either Section A or Section B.

Section A will contain questions on topics such as Visual Perception and Cognition, Auditory and Speech Perception, Comparative Psychology of Learning and Cognition, and Human Memory and Decisions. Section B will contain questions on Motivation and Psychopathology, Memory and Higher Functions, and Language.

Paper 4 is divided into two sections (A and B).

Candidates taking Option (B) are required to answer three questions and there are no constraints on the choice of questions.

Paper 4 contains questions from both sections of the course (A and B).


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Cambridge University Reporter 09 January 2008
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