PSYCH203-20B (HAM)

Cognitive Psychology and Development

15 Points

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School of Psychology

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: donna.walsh@waikato.ac.nz

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: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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The objective of this paper, Cognitive Psychology and Development, is to provide students with an overview of current methods and theories in cognitive and developmental psychology. Cognitive psychology is the study of cognitive processes (such as memory, attention, language, and decision making). Developmental psychology is the scientific study of how and why human beings change over the course of their life.

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Paper Structure

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Lectures will be recorded with Panopto and posted on the Moodle page three times per week (Monday, Tuesday, and Friday).
Students should have completed the assigned readings prior to viewing the lecture on that subject.
Lecture notes and laboratory handouts are available on-line via the Moodle web page.
Laboratories will also be on-line as described below.

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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 and developmental psychology
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  • summarise the principles, experimental variables, methodology, and results from laboratory experiments in several current psychology research 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 30%), an end-of-term test (worth 30%), laboratory quizzes (10%), and laboratory reports summarising the laboratory demonstrations (worth 30%). 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. Normally all work will be marked within two weeks of the due date and grades will be allocated in accordance with the standard University grading system.

Test 1 and Test 2 will be held on-line on the 21st of August and 16th of October. The first laboratory report is due 17 August and should be submitted via the Moodle web page. The second laboratory report is due 28 September, also submitted on Moodle. Students needing to request an extension of time for any piece of assessment must do so on the School of Psychology’s Extension Request Form, before the due date.

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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
21 Aug 2020
9:00 AM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 2
16 Oct 2020
9:00 AM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Laboratory quizzes
10
  • In Class: In Lab
4. Laboratory report 1
17 Aug 2020
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Laboratory report 2
28 Sep 2020
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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We will be using an e-text for this paper:
Cognitive Psychology: In and Out of the Laboratory, Sixth Edition, by Kathleen M. Galotti.

This is available from VitalSource Australia: https://www.vitalsource.com/en-au/
or scan this QR code

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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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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite Papers: PSYCH100 or PSYC103 (or equivalent), or permission of the convenor.

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PSYC230

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