PSYCHOL 3023 - Perception & Cognition
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
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, PSYCHOL 2005, PSYCHOL 2006 and PSYCHOL 2007 Incompatible PSYCHOL 3018 & PSYCHOL 3019 Course Description Perception and Cognition builds upon PSYCHOL 2006 Foundations of Perception and Cognition. Lectures will focus on advanced topics in visual perception, such as depth perception, object recognition, face perception, and the relationship between vision and action, as well as on theories of cognition covering metacognition, learning, categorisation, and language. Tutorials and self-directed learning sessions will introduce students to methods and skills in each of these areas, and will encourage students to evaluate and engage with primary sources.
Course Coordinator: Professor Anna Ma-WyattAdditional Academic Staff:
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Dr Matthew Dry: Ph - +61 8313 3856; Email email@example.com
Dr Carolyn Semmler: Ph +61 8313 4628; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Psychology Office:
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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 of 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 discuss critically 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5
Required ResourcesFor additional information regarding required resources please refer to the relevant Program Handbook at the following link:
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 http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Program Handbook at the following link:
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 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, including the research practical, 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.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lectures: 23 x 1 hour = 23 hours
Tutorials: 4 x 1 hour = 4 hours
Online quiz and preparation: 14 hours
Practical preparation: 40 hours
Poster preparation: 20 hours
Conference attendance: 2 hours
Exam preparation: 50.5 hours
Exam: 2.5 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Perception Perception Week 2 Perception Perception Week 3 Perception Perception Week 4 Language Language Week 5 Language Language Week 6 Language Language Week 7 Categorisation Categorisation Week 8 Categorisation Categorisation Week 9 Public Holiday Categorisation Week 10 Metacognition Metacognition Week 11 Metacognition Metacognition Week 12 Metacognition Metacognition
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSeveral SGDE sessions will be held during semester. These sessions will be an opportunity for students to interact in small groups with all of the lecturing staff to discuss their topics for their poster presentations at the Perception and Cognition Conference.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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 consisting of multiple choice questions and short answer questions (150 mins) Summative 50% 1-4 Practical report Summative 20% 2-5 Poster presentation Summative 10% 3 4 quizzes Summative 16% 1-4 Tutorial attendance and participation Summative 4% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsFor additional information regarding assessment please refer to the relevant Program Handbook at the following link:
Assessment DetailPlease refer to the relevant Program Psychology Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for further details relating to assessment:
SubmissionPlease refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
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
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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