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PSYC13016 - Cognitive Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Simply put, cognitive psychology is the study of how the mind works. In this unit we look at how people attend to and perceive items in our world, how we remember short term and long term information, how we use language and how we make decisions. The unit presents historical and cutting-edge research in cognitive psychology, exploring some of the key debates and controversies in this area. 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 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Pre-requisite: Minimum of 30 credit points in Level 2 Psych Units for CC43, 24 credit points for CA10 & CF59.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2019 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 51.32% 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: Unit Feedback
Feedback
The weighing of the exam is heavy. To me, the assignment tested more of my knowledge and I think it should be weighted more.
Recommendation
Consider changing the weighting of the exam and assignments.
Action Taken
The exam weighting has been changed. This will be implemented in T1 2019.
Source: Unit Feedback
Feedback
The research report encouraged deeper learning about the topic of choice, and practice in conducting experiments and writing reports.
Recommendation
Retain the research report format for Assessment 1.
Action Taken
The research report has been retained.
Source: Unit Feedback
Feedback
Breaking the lectures into smaller components related to specific topics was beneficial for learning and revising.
Recommendation
Retain the short video format for lectures.
Action Taken
The short video format is very popular and has been retained.
Source: Unit Feedback
Feedback
I liked the structure of the short lectures and videos. I also liked that the lectures were presented from a current research perspective, rather than just the structure of the textbook
Recommendation
Retain the current research focus and the short lecture format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Feedback
Feedback
Some issues with having the right software to get the interactive studies to play. Not sure how this could be resolved
Recommendation
Consider replacing the interactive exercises with a different assignment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Feedback
Feedback
The assessment was an amazing experience and I feel much better prepared to engage in research in fourth year as a result of this experience.
Recommendation
Retain the emphasis on practical research skills in the assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the underlying foundations of cognitive psychology, such as: how we attend to and perceive things in our world; how we remember short-term and long-term information; how we use language and how we make decisions.
  2. Communicate an understanding of the major psychological concepts and theories of cognitive psychology in an objective way.
  3. Apply research methods used to study 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
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1 - Examination
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment