Course Title: Cognitive Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cognitive Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1175

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

BESC1176

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

BESC1177

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

BESC1178

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1178

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Alexander De Foe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 03 9925 3294

Course Coordinator Email: alexander.defoe@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 06.05.07

Course Coordinator Availability: appointment request via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC 1123, BESC 1380, BESC 1122; BESC 1121 Principles of Psychology
  • BESC 1126, BESC 1381, BESC 1125; BESC 1124 Foundations of Psychology

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the theory, research and methods underlying modern cognitive psychology. The emphasis throughout is on the potential application of cognitive psychological research. The course is topic-based and progresses from a consideration of underlying cognitive processes (e.g., memory, attention, perception) toward more complex, high-level procedures, such as problem solving, intelligence and decision making. You will consider the following  four areas during this course:

  1. essential background material on the historical traditions of modern cognitive psychology and a top down view of modern cognitive theory;
  2. review of research and theory on basic cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and perception;
  3. information on a number of topics related to the manipulation and application of cognitive information, such as language, problem solving, decision making, and intelligence; and
  4. consideration of several "real world" applications of cognitive psychology.

The laboratory component aims to acquaint you with the major paradigms of cognitive psychology.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and  groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of cognitive psychology within the broader context of scientific psychology and other associated areas of study.
  2. Review the key theories and research underlying the basic content areas of cognitive psychology.
  3. Describe and critically evaluate the most important applications of cognitive psychological research and theory.
  4. Identify and elaborate key findings from neuroscience in cases where important contributions to cognitive psychology have been made.
  5. Explain the practical and theoretical skills underlying several major methods for conducting cognitive psychological research, both in and out of the laboratory.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures allow you to acquire a framework of relevant knowledge and an understanding of underlying theoretical/conceptual material. Your tutorial exercises will engage you in a critical analysis of relevant knowledge
and underlying theoretical/conceptual material. You are expected to develop responsibility for a synthesis of knowledge and problem solving skills as either an individual or within a group. In field/laboratory research you will apply conceptual material to field settings, develop critical thinking skills in research methods and develop skills in effective communication (both verbal and written) of research findings.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements. It will take the form of written submissions such as an essay and a usability report and an exam. Your tutorial participation will also contribute to your formative grade.

These assessments may include use of online technology and are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

Teacher Guided Hours: 52 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 68 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

A Library Subject Guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/psychology


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task:  Annotated Bibliography (1,000 words)

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2:  Critical Paper (1,500 words)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Group Lab Tasks

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5

Assessment 4: Exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5