PSYC206 Cognitive Psychology

Updated: 17 May 2017
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for off campus students only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
13 August 2017 15 August 2017 Non-Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites PSYC101 and PSYC102 or for GradDipSocSc or GradDipPsych students or BPsycSc (Graduate entry pathway) only: PSYC101
Co-requisites GradDipPsych or GradDipSocSc or BPsycSc (Graduate entry pathway) students only: PSYC102
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Peter Quain (pquain@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit introduces and reviews the scientific study of the mental processes that underlie cognitive activity; the acquisition, retention, and use of knowledge. Topics include: the historical origins of cognitive research; learning; perception; attention; memory; concepts; reasoning and consciousness. Theoretical principles and practical applications are both highlighted. This unit requires students to compute statistics which are studied in Introductory Psychology unit(s).

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook

ISBN: 9781848724167
Eysenck, M.W. and Keane, M.T., Psychology Press 7th ed. 2015

Note: Also available as an e-book (ISBN 9781315778006)

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On and Off Campus

Referenced Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Reference material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology

ISBN: 9781742166490
Burton, L.J., Wiley 3rd ed. 2010

Note: Note: An e-book is also available (ISBN 978073030).

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On and Off Campus

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Mid-Trimester Quiz 20% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 5

Compulsory Online Quizzes 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Three tutorials followed by three online quizzes (2 worth 3% and 1 worth 4%)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4 and 5

Compulsory Research Report 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to provide data, as a participant, for the reasearch report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent knowledge of the main theoretical positions underlying current theories in cognitive psychology, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
  2. identify and examine each of the major areas studied in cognitive psychology;
  3. analyse and evaluate the means by which empirical information is collected to test theories;
  4. model the skills required for data collection, analysis and the writing up of an empirical report that contribute to life-long application in a professional career; and
  5. critically evaluate the link between theoretical models and practical issues in psychology.