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Psychology: Cognitive Processes (PSY294)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description In this unit, we will explore how the mind works. We will work to understand basic processes such as how memories are encoded and retrieved, and how our attention is focused and allocated. We will also work to understand higher-level processes, such as how we create language, and how our experiences shape our perception. Broadly, we will investigate topics relevant to our everyday experience, including Perception, Illusions, Memory, Learning, Attention, Neuroscience, Language, and Thinking.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to explain how a range of cognitive processes operate. You will be able to:
(1) Define and explain various cognitive processes and how they impact human behaviour, and apply that understanding to explain why people behave and believe the things they do;
(2) Describe the impact of cognition, including how it impacts society and daily functioning, and understand how people make decisions and process incoming information to function effectively in day- to-day life;
(3) Participate in various studies and effectively discuss the research design, research question, and results for each study, in both verbal and written form;
(4) Identify, describe, and critique the literature and evidence associated with cognitive studies in an objective report; and
(5) Effectively communicate your understanding of cognition and the cognitive processes underlying human behaviour, in both verbal and written form.
Timetabled Learning Activities Onshore lectures: 1.5 hours per week. Laboratories: 5 x 2 hours per fortnight.
Offshore: 6 x 3.5 hour sessions and 1 x 3 hour session
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures -- Live lectures will help reinterpret and focus the learning material, and provide many opportunities to debate and discuss concepts and ideas.
Labs -- In several laboratory sessions, we will recreate classic experiments in cognitive psychology, where you will first take the role of participant by completing cognitive tasks and providing data, then of experimenter by analysing the results and critiquing the experimental design.
Curated online resources -- Each topic will have a set of specially curated online resources from world-leading thinkers and science communicators. Resources include short videos, popular articles, media reports, journal articles, documentaries, and interviews.
Assessment Lab Quizzes -- An in-class quiz will be conducted at some point during the laboratory sessions.
Lab Report -- You will write a 2000-word, formal lab report based on the results of the experiment from one of your labs.
Final Exam -- There will be a final exam during central examination period. It will consist of all course material to date.

These assessments are designed to collectively demonstrate the knowledge and understanding that you have gained of the theory and methods of cognitive psychology as well as your ability to analyse research results and communicate your knowledge.
Prerequisites PSY173 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY353 Psychology: Cognitive Processes may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: PSY394
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Human Behaviour [New in 2019]
Psychology (BA)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Appears in these Co-Majors Human Behaviour
Appears in these Minors Neuroscience
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Matthew Thompson
Senior Lecturer Cognitive Psychology

e: Matthew.Thompson@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Matthew Thompson
Senior Lecturer Cognitive Psychology

e: Matthew.Thompson@murdoch.edu.au
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