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PSYC13016 - Cognitive Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Simply put, cognitive psychology is the study of how the mind functions. It encompasses the acquisition, organization, and retrieval of knowledge. This unit provides a historical overview of the major theories in cognitive psychology and focuses on research into human information processing. Examples include pattern recognition, attention, memory codes, visual imagery, semantic categorization, and problem solving. It is a requirement of this enrolment that students have access to the CQU website via the Internet.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Minimum of 30 credit points in Level 2 Psych Units for CU77, 24 credit points for CA10, CQ27 & CF59.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Examination 55%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Practical Assessment 5%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"I appreciated that Chris kept his housekeeping and other chat to the forum boards and outside of the lectures, as it allowed me to quickly work through the weekly content."
Recommendation
Maintain the effective use of online discussion forums for unit housekeeping and student interaction.
Action Taken
The discussion forums were used for unit housekeeping and student interaction.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"The bite sized lectures were informative and made it easy to learn the unit content."
Recommendation
Retain the prerecorded short lecture format.
Action Taken
The short lecture format was retained.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"I felt that the recordings could be updated."
Recommendation
The short prerecorded talks are updated regularly as required. They will be reviewed and updated before the next offering of the unit
Action Taken
All of the prerecorded talks were reviewed and updated as required.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"The creative aspect of this unit was a nice change from the typical structure of a lot of the other undergraduate courses."
Recommendation
Retain the focus on creativity in the research assignment.
Action Taken
The focus on creativity in the research assignment was retained.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The research focus in the main assignment provided a great learning experience.
Recommendation
Retain the research focus in the main assignment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students found the data analysis in the main assignment challenging if they hadn't taken Advanced Methods in Psychology.
Recommendation
The unit has been moved to T2 in 2022 so that students can take Advanced Methods in Psychology before this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The format of information in Moodle could be improved.
Recommendation
Moodle will be reviewed and updated as the new Tiles format is implemented across all psychology units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. understand the underlying foundations of cognitive psychology such as how we attend to and acquire information about other people and events, how we store, retrieve, transform and transmit information, and how we solve problems
  2. communicate an understanding of the major psychological concepts and theories of cognitive psychology in an objective manner
  3. be familiar with the research methods used to study major facets of cognitive psychology

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Examination
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Examination
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment