Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

  1. Module Title: Cognitive Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 414
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the psychological study of factors that influence human thought.
    Research methodology and theory are emphasized throughout the discussion of topics including attention, pattern recognition, memory, language, reasoning, and problem solving. Students are expected to perform an experiment and write a research paper on selected topics. Writing assignments reflecting critical thinking are required.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    • The historical foundations of cognitive approaches
    • General theoretical models of pattern perception and feature analysis
    • The dynamics of attention, divided attention, automaticity, and vigilance
    • The nature and interaction of short-term and long-term memory
    • General models of semantic memory, schemas, and scripts
    • Factors affecting the accuracy of human judgment and decision making
    • General models of problem solving and human limitations therein
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    • Visual Perception
    • Attention and Consciousness
    • Memory: Models and Research Methods
    • Memory Processes
    • Mental Images and Propositions
    • The Organization of Knowledge in the Mind
    • Language
    • Language in Context
    • Decision Making and Reasoning
    • Human Intelligence

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