Cognition and Human Performance - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (40%) , Report1 (15%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,700.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,950.00

Cognition and Human Performance has three main aims:

  1. To introduce students to our current understanding of the contents and workings of the human mind and their relation to behaviour
  2. Develop an awareness and knowledge of one of the major fields of psychology
  3. Provide a program that offers students a variety of practical laboratories where they can apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations and demonstrations.

More specifically, the aims of this subject are to introduce you to:

  • the methods used by cognitive psychologists to study human information processing and performance;
  • attentional and perceptual processes and their interaction with cognition and human performance;
  • theoretical, empirical and applied issues of memory;
  • production and comprehension of spoken and written language;
  • learning processes;
  • Neuropsychological approaches to studying mental processes and human performance.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
  1. Explain the evolution of contemporary cognitive psychology
  2. Outline some of the major theories of human perception, attention, memory, reasoning, language, and learning
  3. Describe a range of methodologies used in contemporary cognitive psychology, including neuroscience and cognitive science approaches
  4. Apply theories and principles of cognitive psychology to situations that arise in everyday life
  5. Read and understand contemporary research articles published by leading cognitive psychologists
  6. Analyse and present findings from cognitive research in an appropriate manner.
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Report1 (15%)
  • Report2 (45%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PSS240 — Cognition and Human Performance

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

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If you enrol in a mandatory co-requisite unit & fail, you risk being withdrawn from the higher level unit & penalties apply:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theories of cognitive functioning and processes
8Aspects of learning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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