The objectives of this course are to extend the knowledge of cognitive psychology and its content, theory and methods by discussing recent developments, by close study of classic work, and by considering the application of cognitive psychology to topical community issues.
PSYC416 aims to provide advanced knowledge in a variety of selected areas in Cognitive Psychology. The emphasis is on recent work and includes contributions from cognitive neuroscience.
PSYC208 Cognition and PSYC333 Biological Psychology or similar undergraduate
courses are recommended as preparation.
Student who have successfully passed this course should be able to:
• Demonstrate familiarity with the major contemporary concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in Cognitive Psychology.
• Undertake critical analysis of advanced content in Cognitive Psychology.
• Critically appraise the design, data analysis, and the validity of conclusions drawn from empirical investigations in Cognitive Psychology.
• Display enhanced writing skills and be able to apply these skills in the production of essays and/or research proposals.
• Construct PowerPoint displays and use them in the presentation of informative, critical, and engaging oral presentations.
• Apply critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry, and rigorous scientific approaches to issues relating to mental processes.
Course Coordinator / Lecturer
Three Seminar Presentations
Students work in groups to present coordinated presentations.
Three essays worth 25% each
Students will receive feedback on a draft of at least one of their essays before submitting the final version for grading. There are no tests and no final examination.
There is no set text as we prefer instead to work from recent original research and review papers.
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All PSYC416 Occurrences
Whole Year 2013