• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Stephanie Goodhew
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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This course provides an in-depth survey of cognitive psychology: the scientific study of how we think. Topics covered include: methodological approaches to cognitive psychology, attention, awareness, visual imagery, face and object perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, and social cognition.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the fundamental concepts and major themes in cognitive psychology, and articulate the theories and scientific studies that have been used to address these, and their implications.
  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. Analyse and synthesise cognitive research to develop a reasoned argument.
  5. Articulate the relevance of cognitive psychology in contemporary society in oral and written formats.
  6. Recognise and celebrate the diversity in human cognition, including cultural differences.

Other Information

As part of the mandatory requirements from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), students must demonstrate the specific competencies listed in the learning outcomes for this course. For example, presentations assess the required demonstration of oral communication skills. Some students may be eligible to have recommended reasonable adjustments applied to materials, activities or assessment tasks provided the integrity of the course, and the competencies being assessed, are maintained.


For more information, please contact the Course Convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Preparatory written assignment (e.g., annotated bibliography) (10) [LO 3,4,5]
  2. Major written assignment (25) [LO 3,4,5]
  3. Formative quiz (0) [LO 1,2]
  4. Invigilated examination. The examination must be passed in order for an overall pass in the course to be awarded. (50) [LO 1,3,5,6]
  5. Oral presentation (10) [LO 5]
  6. Research participation and written reflective learning exercise (5) [LO 1,2,6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face to face component, which will consist of 12 x 2 hours of interactive lecture classes (i.e., weekly lectures) and 6 x 2 hours of tutorial classes (i.e., fortnightly tutorials)
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-directed study, which includes engaging with assigned learning materials prior to lecture (recordings, readings), contemplating thinking exercises in the assigned learning materials prior to lecture, and completing the assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed textbook.

Preliminary Reading

Assigned readings will be indicated via course WATTLE page.



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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
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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
8545 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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