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Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Explain the evolution of contemporary cognitive psychology;
  • Outline some of the major theories of human perception, attention, memory, reasoning, language, and learning;
  • Describe a range of methodologies used in contemporary cognitive psychology, including neuroscience and cognitive science approaches;
  • Apply theories and principles of cognitive psychology to situations that arise in everyday life;
  • Read and understand contemporary research articles published by leading cognitive psychologists;
  • 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
    • Aspects of 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

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 subject.

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

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Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology