PSYCH203-18B (HAM)

Brain, Cognition, and Development

15 Points

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School of Psychology

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Paper Description

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The objective of this paper, Brain, Cognition, and Development, is to provide students with an overview of current methods, theories, and findings in (developmental) cognitive psychology. Cognitive psychology is the study of cognitive processes (such as memory, attention, language, and decision making) and their implications for human behaviour using the methods of experimental investigation. Students will be expected to participate in laboratory exercises designed to illustrate current principles, theories, and methods of cognitive psychology research.

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Paper Structure

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Students are expected to attend both lectures each week: Mondays 2 to 4 and Tuesday 11 to 1. Lectures are held in LG.03. Students should have completed the required readings prior to the lecture on that subject. Students are also expected to participate in laboratory practicals which illustrate the cognitive principles discussed in the lectures.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • describe the main research methods and findings associated with cognitive psychology
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  • summarise the cognitive principles, experimental variables, methodology, and results from laboratory experiments in several cognitive psychology areas
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Assessment

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There is no external examination for the paper. The assessment for this paper will be based on a mid-term test (worth 35%), an end-of-term test (worth 35%), two laboratory journals summarising the laboratory demonstrations (together worth 20%), and laboratory quizzes (10%). The first test covers lectures, class discussions, and readings from the first half of the term while the second test covers lectures, discussions, and readings from the second half. Make-up tests are not given except by arrangement with the lecturer prior to the test.

Test 1 will be held in class on 14 August. Test 2 will be held in class on 9 October. The Laboratory Journals are due 3 September (for Labs 1 & 2) and 15 October (for Labs 3 and 4) and should be submitted via the Moodle web page. Students who wish to request an extension of time for the Laboratory Journals must do so on the School of Psychology’s Extension Request Form, before the due date.

Lecture notes and laboratory handouts are available on-line via the Moodle web page.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
14 Aug 2018
11:00 AM
35
2. Test 2
9 Oct 2018
11:00 AM
35
3. Laboratory journal 1
3 Sep 2018
5:00 PM
10
4. Laboratory Journal 2
15 Oct 2018
5:00 PM
10
5. Laboratory quizzes
10
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required Readings

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We have selected a custom e-book for this paper. It contains the best chapters from two different textbooks and is available on-line from CengageBrain. We will have more information for you about this on Moodle and in class.

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Online Support

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Lecture Notes and laboratory handouts are available on-line via the Moodle web page.
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Workload

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The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 15 point paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 150 hours over the course of the semester. This figure is only approximate, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
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Prerequisite(s)

PSYCH100 (or equivalent), or permission of the convenor.

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PSYC230

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