PSYCHOL 3023 - Perception & Cognition
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 3023 Course Perception & Cognition Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PSYCHOL 2004 and (PSYCHOL 2005 or PSYCHOL 2006 or PSYCHOL 2007 or PSYCHOL 2008 or PSYCHOL 2009) Course Description This course builds on Foundations of Perception (PSYCHOL 2006) to explore advanced topics in the study of perception, applied cognition, concepts and categories, and language. The lectures will examine important issues related to language and cognition in both theoretical and applied contexts including the ways our brains process sensory information from our environment (and what happens when these processes are disrupted), how we mentally represent the world around us, and how technology can change our cognition for better and for worse outcomes.
The course develops critical thinking skills by encouraging students to engage with and evaluate primary sources. Through tutorials and self-directed learning activities, students will learn research methods and skills in these subject areas. By delving into the complexities of perception and cognition, students will gain a deeper understanding of how we experience, navigate, and operate in, the world around us.
Course Coordinator: Dr Daniel CarragherAdditional Academic Staff:
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Dr Conrad Perry: Ph +61 8313 2861; Email email@example.com
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Understand how the brain processes sensory information to create a coherent representation of the environment to allow individuals to perform daily activities 2 Understand the principal research questions and theories in the study of human cognition 3 Apply experimental methods and techniques to address theoretical questions in perception and cognition 4 Apply their knowledge and understanding to relevant real world problems 5 Read and critically discuss journal articles relevant to the principal research questions
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesLecture materials will be provided on MyUni. Lectures will be recorded where possible. Course readings will be provided through MyUni and the University of Adelaide Library.
Recommended ResourcesThe Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at the link below. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods. Referencing guides can also be found here.
The Maths Learning Centre provides resources to supprt students who are undertaking Level 3 Psychology Courses including Perception & Cognition.
The Writing Centre offers support to students at all levels to develop their writing skills.
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
• Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
• Submission of summative assessment
• Access to online lectures
• Access to resources such as forms, templates and additional readings
• Self-directed learning activities
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures are supported by summative exercises that test course content and tutorials that extend material covered in lectures. Core curriculum is taught within a structure that reflects the research strengths of the School of Psychology, so that topics covered can be explicitly linked to research conducted within the School.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Lectures (and prep time): 36 hours
Tutorials (and prep time): 9 hours
Self-directed learning acitivies (formative): 12 hours
Minor Topic Knowledge Assessments and preparation: 20 hours
Group Assignment - Poster & Oral Presentation: 50 hours
Exam Revision and Exam: 29 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lectures Tutorials Weeks 1 - 3 Perception 6 1 Weeks 4 - 6 Concepts & Categories 6 2* Weeks 7 - 9 Applied Cognition 6 1 Weeks 10 - 12 Language 6 2*
Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Exam Summative 40% 1-5 Group Assignment: Poster Presentation Summative 30% 1-5 Minor Topic Knowledge Assessments (x 4) Summative 20% 1-4 Tutorial Attendance and Participation Summative 10% 1-5
Assessment DetailExam - 40%
Students will complete a time limited exam at the end of the course. The format of these questions might be multiple choice, short answer, or both. The exam will cover content from each topic module in the course.
Group Assignment: Poster Presentation - 30%
Students will be asked to design an experiment that tests a novel hypothesis related to one of the topic modules in this course. This experiment will be presented as a written research poster, and accompanied by a verbal presentation. This is a group assignment.
Minor Topic Knowledge Assessments (x 4) - 20% Overall
Students will complete a minor assessment at the conclusion of each topic module, which tests their knowledge of the topic. Administered via MyUni, the format of these questions might be multiple choice, short answer, or both.
Tutorial Attendance and Participation - 10% Overall
Students will receive 10% of their overall grade for attending the tutorials and participating in the activities. A short written task will be available to students who are not able to attend the tutorials.
SubmissionUnless otherwise noted, this course will follow the assessment submission guidelines for the School of Psychology.
• Assignments will be submitted electronically via MyUni.
• Assignments are due at 9am on Monday.
• A 24-hour “grace period” automatically applies to assignment submission. Assignments submitted before 9am Tuesday will not receive a late penalty.
• The late penalty is a deduction of -5% per day (including weekends).
• Extensions longer than 24 hours must be approved by the course coordinator.
• We aim to provide feedback and marks within 4 weeks of assignment submission.
- The Exam is scheduled during the end of semester exam period. The dotpoints above do not apply to the exam.
- Tutorial participation is assessed in, or slightly after, your tutorial class (and might not adhere to Monday due dates).
*Disclaimer: This information is provisional and subject to change. The course coordinator will advise you of the submission requirements at the start of the semester.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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