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Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Explain the evolution of contemporary cognitive psychology;
  2. Evaluate the major theories of human perception, attention, memory, reasoning, language, and learning;
  3. Compare and contrast the different 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. Critically evaluate contemporary research articles published by leading cognitive psychologists;

  6. Analyse and present findings from cognitive research in an appropriate manner.
    • Theories of cognitive functioning and processes
    • Perception
    • Attention
    • Memory
    • Problem-solving
    • Decision-making
    • Language
    • Learning
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Standard Media
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

Equivalent subjects

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

  • SWI-PSS240

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

SWI-STA10003-Foundations of Statistics , or SWI-PSY10005-Introduction to Research Methods , or SWI-STA102
SWI-PSY10004-Psychology 101 , or SWI-PSS120
SWI-PSY10003-Psychology 100 , or SWI-PSS110
SWI-PSY10005-Introduction to Research Methods

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides students with an understanding of the contents and workings of the human mind and their relation to behaviour. Students will gain an awareness and knowledge of the main theories of cognition and human performance. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of practical exercises where they can apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations and demonstrations.

  • Practical exercises (up to 12) (12%)
  • Report (48%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2018

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology
  • Core Introductory