This course provides an overview of human perception and cognition. The study of perceptual psychology aims to understand how information is acquired from the environment through sensory organs. The study of cognitive psychology looks at the storage, manipulation, and retrieval of information. Students will conduct core perceptual and cognitive experiments and analyse and interpret the findings of the research. We recommend students purchase the ebook bundle of Goldstein's Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience 5th Edition (WITH MindTap + CogLab).
|Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning materials.||1.5hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop - 2 hours in computer lab||2hrs||Week 1||11 times|
Introduction to the course & cognitive psychology
Perception & pattern recognition
Short term & working memory
Long term memory 1
Long term memory 2
Different types of memory
Problem solving & creativity
Reasoning & decision making
Applied / contemporary guest talks
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Understand core and advanced research paradigms, theories and concepts in cognitive and perceptual psychology||Knowledgeable|
|2||Critically evaluate research in cognitive and perceptual psychology.||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Apply scientific knowledge to everyday cognitive and perceptual functioning.||
|4||Present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas.||Empowered|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
PSY200 and PSY201 OR PSY207
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Assistance will be provided in tutorials to prepare you for the first tutorial piece. Informal feedback will be provided in tutorials.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 5||Online Submission|
|Week 12||Online Submission|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||45%||
|Exam Period||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Minor Research Report|
The purpose of this laboratory report is to increase your understanding of a topic related to cognition or perception of historical significance. You will participate in a research project conducted during class time using the CogLab (or similar) program. The data gathered from this experiment will be used to write up the Minor Research Report. As the experiment is being conducted for educational purposes there is no need for ethics approval. However, students still retain the standard research participation rights such as the right to decline participation and to withdraw from the experiment at any time.As prior knowledge of the experiment would influence your responses, full details will be provided shortly after the experiment has been conducted in the learning materials and tutorials
The laboratory report has a word limit of 1000-1200 words and must be presented in APA format.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Major Research Report|
The purpose of this laboratory report is to increase your understanding of key research methods and techniques in cognitive psychology by applying theory to a contemporary issue in the literature. The report will be based on an experiment conducted in laboratory class. You will analyse the research data statistically and write up your findings in a research report. As prior knowledge of the experiment would influence your responses, full details will be provided shortly after the experiment has been conducted in the learning materials and tutorials. You are strongly encouraged to discuss an early draft of your research report with your tutor before Week 8
Major research report of 2000-2500 words presented in APA style.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Examination|
The exam will assess your knowledge of the course content.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
Multiple choice and short answer questions
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||E. Bruce Goldstein||2018||Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience||n/a||Cengage Learning|
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