• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Mark Edwards
    • Dr Emma Axelsson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course is an Honours Pathway Course (HPC) and builds on the basic concepts presented in first and second year cognitive psychology and examines issues of contemporary interest. Topics are likely to include memory, social cognition, language, face perception (including prosopagnosia, emotion, and attractiveness), body perception, sleep-related learning, attention, synaesthesia, categorical perception and hemispheric asymmetries, and multiple object tracking. The course covers cognition in infants, children, and adults.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course, students should be able to: 

1.    describe the fundamental concepts and major themes in cognitive psychology, and the theories and methods that have been used to address these.

2.    compare and contrast particular approaches to studying cognition (including behavioural, neuropsychological and neuroimaging) in light of their use to answer a particular research question.

3.    describe the contemporary issues in cognitive psychology and critically evaluate the empirical evidence in areas of contention.

4.    develop a reasoned argument by critically analysing cognitive research.

Indicative Assessment

This will be arranged in consultation with students, but will include an invigilated examination and a research assignment.  The examination must be passed in order for an overall pass in the course to be awarded.  Assessment will include an end-of-semester exam (50%), an argumentative essay (30%), a formative argumentative essay (10%), and a reading log (10%).

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Two hours of lectures per week and 18 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC2008and one of the following PSYC2001, PSYC2002, PSYC2004, PSYC2007.





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7545 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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