• 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
    • Joanne Lane
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course provides an in-depth survey of cognitive psychology: the scientific study of how humans process, represent, and recall information. Topics covered include: methodological approaches to cognitive psychology (including cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience), visual attention, learning, memory, and decision-making. The application of cognitive-psychological knowledge and tools to advancing the understanding of abnormal cognitive processes in patients will also be covered.  

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills 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.    Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate cognitive research studies and conclusions 

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

Indicative Assessment

In-class quizzes 20% (LO 1-3)

An invigilated examination 50% (LO 1-3)

A written assignment 30% (LO 4)

The examination must be passed in order for an overall pass in the course to be awarded. 

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Class contact time: Two hours of lectures per week and 12 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004.

Prescribed Texts

Reading brick will be provided. Text required for the cognition component is: Smith, E.E. and Kosslyn, S.M. (2007) Cognitive Psychology: Mind & Brain. New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-182508-9





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7413 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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