PSYC13016 - Cognitive Psychology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Simply put, cognitive psychology is the study of how the mind works. In this unit we look at how people attend to and perceive items in our world, how we remember short term and long term information, how we use language and how we make decisions. The unit presents historical and cutting-edge research in cognitive psychology, exploring some of the key debates and controversies in this area. It is a requirement of this enrolment that students have access to the CQU website via the Internet.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: Minimum of 30 credit points in Level 2 Psych Units for CC43, 24 credit points for CA10 & CF59.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 5%
3. Examination 55%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
I appreciated Chris taking the time to do BB Collaborates before the assignment and exam just to make sure that everyone was on track and understood what was expected Course Feedback The virtual tutorials should continue.
Having the lectures broken up into smaller short videos made it easier to stay focused. Course feedback Retain the short video lecture format
What aspects of your course are most in need of improvement? The echo 360 delivery of lectures. Course Feedback Technical issues with Echo 360 will be discussed with ITD.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the underlying foundations of cognitive psychology, such as: how we attend to and perceive things in our world; how we remember short-term and long-term information; how we use language and how we make decisions.
  2. Communicate an understanding of the major psychological concepts and theories of cognitive psychology in an objective way.
  3. Apply research methods used to study cognitive psychology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Examination    
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Examination              
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Practical Assessment            

Prescribed Textbooks

Cognitive Psychology: A Students Handbook
Author/s: Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M. T. Year: 2015
Edition: 7th ed. Publisher: Psychology Press.
City: Hove
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorChris Bearman (c.bearman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Approaches to Human Cognition

1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Introduction to Visual Perception

2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Object and Face Recognition

3

Virtual Tutorial on the Research Report Assignment (optional)
Week 4 27-03-2017

Attention

5

Week 5 03-04-2017

Short-Term Memory

6

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 No talks this week. A chance to work on your research reports.
Assignment 1: Research Report Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Long-Term Memory

7

Week 8 01-05-2017

Everyday Memory

8

Week 9 08-05-2017

Reading and Speech Perception

9

Week 10 15-05-2017

Language Comprehension and Production

10 & 11

Virtual Tutorial on the Exam (optional)

Week 11 22-05-2017

Problem Solving and Decision Making

12 & Research Papers on Moodle

Week 12 29-05-2017

No talks this week. A chance to catch up on the interactive exercises

Practical Assessment - Interactive Exercises Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1: Research Report
Task Description

The primary aim of this assessment item is to enable you to conduct and communicate a research project in psychology. In this assignment you will collect, analyse and report data based on a set research activity. Research activities will be provided on moodle at the start of the course and you will choose one as the basis of your research project. You will need to collect data from at least 16 friends or family (who are over 18), appropriately analyse the data and write up your findings in an academic journal style report.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Assignments submitted by the deadline will be returned by 5th May. Assignments submitted after the deadline up to 1 week late (with or without an extension) will be returned by 12th May. Assignments submitted up to 2 weeks late (with or without an extension) will be returned by 19th May..
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
You should write a journal style report, between 2000 (minimum) and 2500 (maximum) words, excluding references and appendices, but including in-text citations and figure labels etc. In other words, everything from the beginning of the title to the end of the discussion is included in the word count.
Your assignment should be double spaced and should mirror the form of an academic journal article. Journal articles are typically structured in the following format: title, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and references, and your report should follow all aspects of the APA publication style and the assessment should be submitted electronically via Moodle.
The following marks will apply to the sections:
Section Max. score
Title 2
Abstract 8
Introduction 20
Hypotheses and rationale 5
Method 15
Results 15
Discussion 30
References 5
What am I looking for? The following illustrates the marking criteria that will be used to assess this assignment…
Title: 2 marks
Concise yet meaningful.
Abstract: 8 marks
Around 150 words.
Clearly and concisely written with flowing text.
Contains key information: the problem you're investigating, who took part? (e.g. 16 adult male participants, aged between 18 and 50), essential features of design (i.e. how study constructed/executed), what you found (e.g. X took t seconds longer than Y) and what your findings mean.
Introduction: 20 marks
Not more than about 1/3 of the word count.
No repetition or redundancy in expression.
Clear, flowing and concise writing, building up from general ideas towards specific hypothesis.
Integration of ideas from different studies, not a series of linked ‘abstracts’.
Citations always used to support statements or descriptions of previous studies.
Hypotheses and rationale: 5 marks
Hypothesis emerges logically from the preceding sections of the introduction.
No heading or sub-heading or bullet point, or other separation from the body of the introduction, just a short and concise sentence or couple of sentences embedded in the final paragraph of the introduction.
Clearly, accurately and simply stated.
Method: 15 marks
Divided into sub-sections. See the APA guide for more information.
Subsections include: Participants (at least details of participant numbers, mean age, gender split); Design; Materials (e.g. questionnaire, computer); and Procedure (details of execution of study, including order of events, participant instructions, timing of events, etc).
Results: 15 marks
Describes means, frequency counts etc, according to groups/factors, depending on study chosen.
Inferential statistical tests are not required
Reports numerical differences
Discussion: 30 marks
Begins with recap of results (no numbers necessary).
Reports how results relate to hypothesis (supportive or not).
Considers findings in relation to previous literature on the topic.
Includes citations when reporting other studies.
Reports any unexpected findings and suggests explanations.
Discusses limitations of the study, including any possible confounds and how these might be overcome.
Considers what the next step/next experiment to investigate further or clarify these findings might be.
Clear, flowing and concise writing.
Referencing: 5 marks
Includes full references in APA format for all references presented in the paper.
General
Throughout all these sections, the following criteria will be assessed: grammar, spelling, punctuation, APA format, coherence of arguments, justification of arguments, use of literature, critical analysis, written style, structure of report and length of report.
N.B. In line with the Psychology Program Student Assessment and Referencing Guidelines and Procedures,
  • an assignment which fails to adhere to the word count (i.e. exceeds 2500 or is less than 2000), will be subject to a word count penalty of 10% of the total possible grade, i.e. 10 marks.
  • an assignment that is submitted late will attract a 5% penalty per day
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Use electronic submission system available on Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the underlying foundations of cognitive psychology, such as: how we attend to and perceive things in our world; how we remember short-term and long-term information; how we use language and how we make decisions.

2. Communicate an understanding of the major psychological concepts and theories of cognitive psychology in an objective way.

3. Apply research methods used to study cognitive psychology.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment - Interactive Exercises
Task Description
The goal of this assessment is to encourage participation in a number of cognitive psychology research activities. These provide more information about concepts and methods in the course. The interactive exercises are flash player files that can be found under the content weeks on the moodle page. To earn 5% of your grade, you need to complete all of the following
Week 1 - Connectionist Network
Week 2 - Muller-Lyer
Week 3 - Bruce & Young
Week 4 - Automatic Processes
Week 5 - Encoding in STM
Week 5 - Duration in STM
Week 8 - Flashbulb Memory
Week 9 - Dual Route Reading
Week 10 - Construction Integration
Week 10 - Weaver+++
All of these interactive exercises must be completed by the due date for this assignment.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Students will be notified approximately 2 weeks after the deadline if they have or have not successfully completed their participation
Weighting 5%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the underlying foundations of cognitive psychology, such as: how we attend to and perceive things in our world; how we remember short-term and long-term information; how we use language and how we make decisions.

3. Apply research methods used to study cognitive psychology.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 55%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the underlying foundations of cognitive psychology, such as: how we attend to and perceive things in our world; how we remember short-term and long-term information; how we use language and how we make decisions.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication


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