Cognitive Psychology

Course code PSYC2300Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

It examines psychological processes such as attention, memory, word recognition, reasoning and problem solving. Laboratory exercises are used to demonstrate these basic psychological processes.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. Developed an understanding and appreciation of experimental psychology
2. Developed an understanding and appreciation of how experimental psychology forms the foundation of all applied aspects of psychology
3. Developed skills in the scientific methodology of psychology
4. Developed skills in applying theoretical aspects of psychology to clinical and professional settings.

Skills:
* research and problem solving in psychology;
* the evaluation of research which attempts to explain various phenomena of attention, memory and higher cognitive processes;
* the application of statistical knowledge by interpreting experimental data according to the theories and models addressed in lectures.
ContentThis course provides a strong theoretical foundation for those students intending to enter any field of Professional Psychology but especially the area of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology.

PSYC2300 consists of three modules: attention, memory and other cognitive processes.

Attention:
There are many aspects to attention including selective attention, divided attention, arousal, vigilance, supervisory control. This course will introduce students to the main aspects of attention and their theoretical explanations. Applied aspects of attention, in particular clinical applications, will also be examined with particular reference to unilateral neglect, attentional problems in head injured patients and in schizophrenia. The current theoretical explanations of attention will be assessed in the light of such deficits and disorders, in particular what contribution experimental psychology makes to the understanding and treatment of these problems. Other topics which may be covered are developmental aspects of attention, attentional influences on perception, cognitive neuroscience of perception and attention, the relationship of attention to consciousness, monitoring and control of cognitive processes.

Memory:
This course will explore different models and conceptualizations of memory.
It will examine experimental evidence supporting these models of human memory. These models will be examined in the light of neuropsychological data such as amnesia and other memory problems. The forensic implications of memory will also be addressed.

Cognitive processes: We look at how higher cognitive processes such as language, reasoning and problem solving are studied.


Related courses:
PSYC2400, PSYC2500, PSYC3300,PSYC3301, PSYC3501
Replacing Course(s)PSYC2020
TransitionStudents who have done PSYC2020 will not have to do PSYC2300. PSYC2300 is not to count with PSYC2020.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC1010, PSYC1020, STAT1070
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments-Lab summaries based on in-lab experiments,
- A lab report based on an in-lab experiment or an essay
Examination: FormalA final cumulative exam covering all material covered in the lectures, readings and labs.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC2300