PSYC2215 Cognitive Psychology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Psychological Science; Psychology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit covers attention, executive functioning, principles and dissociations of human memory, information updating, skill acquisition, problem solving and reasoning, judgement and decision making, applied cognition including forensic analysis, eyewitness testimony, expertise and human error.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain the key ideas and theoretical concepts in cognitive psychology covered in lectures and assigned readings; (2) demonstrate an understanding of experimental design and research methodology in cognitive psychology; (3) critically evaluate published psychological research papers in cognitive psychology; and (4) present written summaries of scientific research and draw conclusions from them.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ullrich Ecker
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3315 Cognitive Psychology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks); labs: 2 hours per week (for 5 weeks)
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They also require to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Texts

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list. 

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.