PSYCHOL 3023 - Perception & Cognition

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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, 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 at least 3 more units of Level II Psychology Courses
    Assessment Written exam, Group presentation, Online exercises, Tutorial participation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Daniel Carragher

    Additional Academic Staff:
    Dr Matthew Dry: Ph +61 8313 3856; Email
    A/Prof Carolyn Semmler: Ph +61 8313 4628; Email
    Dr Conrad Perry: Ph +61 8313 2861; Email

    School of Psychology Office:
    Ph - +61 8313 5693; Email -

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At 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)

    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.

    3, 5

    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.

    3, 4

    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    For additional information regarding required resources please refer to the relevant Program Handbook at the following link:
    Recommended Resources
    The 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 Learning
    This 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:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures 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: 16 hours
    Group Assignment - Poster: 35 hours
    Group Assignment - Poster Presentation: 15 hours
    Poster Conference Attendance: 2 hours
    Exam Revision and Exam: 31 hours

    Total=156 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 (Metacognition) 6 1
    Weeks 10 - 12 Language 6 2*
    * Only one of these tutorials is for the topic. The other is related to an assessment.

    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    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 Detail
    Exam - 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.
    Unless 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.

    Anticipated Exceptions
    - The Exam is scheduled during the end of semester exam period. The dotpoints above do not apply to the exam.
    - The Group Assignment "Poster Presentation" will be submitted via MyUni, but students must also attend a "conference" session on campus to deliver their oral presentation about the poster, which may be scheduled on any week day.
    - Tutorial participation is assessed in your tutorial class.

    *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.
    Course Grading

    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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