PSYC206 Cognitive Psychology

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
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
Coordinator(s)
  • Trimester 2 - Coordinator : Bruce Stevenson (bstevens@une.edu.au)
  • 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
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 eBook (ISBN: 9781315778006).

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

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
Optional

Text(s):

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.
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

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.