PSYC206 Cognitive Psychology

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
25 August 2019 27 August 2019 Non-Mandatory The Trimester 2 Intensive School may be postponed if less than 10 expressions of interest are received. Trimester 3 does not have an Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
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
  • Trimester 2 - Coordinator : Bruce Stevenson (
  • Trimester 3 - Coordinator : To be advised
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


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 eBook (ISBN: 9781315778006).

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material


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

An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology

ISBN: 9780730363903
Burton, L.J., Wiley 4th ed. 2018

Note: An eBook is also available (ISBN: 9780730359784).

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Referenced Material


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

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

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

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

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

LO: 1, 2, 5

Online Quizzes 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Four tutorials followed by four online quizzes (worth 2.5% each)

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.