Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

  1. Module Title: Cognitive Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 414
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description:
    This course provides a broad overview of subjects related to the information-processing systems of the mind, such as emotions, consciousness, memory, attention, perception, conceptual knowledge, and the functions of the various areas of the brain.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning outcomes

    The learner will:

    Assessment criteria

    The learner can:

    1. Have a basic understanding of the different major theoretical approaches of cognitive psychology 1.1 Differentiate basic concepts/ principles underpinning the different theories and concepts in cognitive psychology

    1.2 Integrate and Apply these approaches flexibly

    2. Explain the mental processes of long term memory, conceptual knowledge and emotions. 2.1 State the process of attention, and memory processes.

    2.2 Understand the impact of memory and conceptual knowledge on individuals with mental health disorders.

    3. Learn how research has supported current findings of cognitive psychology. 3.1 Utilize empirically based findings to support existing concepts on cognitive psychology.
  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. Topic
    • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Perception
    • Attention
    • Short-term and Working Memory
    • Long-term Memory
    • LTM: Encoding, Retrieval and Consolidation
    • Everyday Memory and Memory Errors
    • Conceptual Knowledge
    • Visual Imagery
    • Language
    • Problem Solving & Creativity
    • Judgment, Decisions, and Reasoning

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