|All the ones I've dealt with just have a board with microchips on it.|
I assume the black part is metal. It might be a heat spreader that should be left on but better get a second opinion - someone might know that particular RAM.
What I will do is ask for this post to be moved from Win 7 to the General Hardware forum where your chances could be better. You should still be able to access it.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks