PSYCHOL 6507OL - Perception and Cognition

Online - Online Teaching 5 - 2020

Are you curious about what goes on in people's heads when making sense of the world? This course will delve deeply into the psychological processes involved with perception, learning, and thinking. Students will learn about key theories and principles based on cognition research, and consider how this knowledge applies to real-world problems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 6507OL
    Course Perception and Cognition
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Online Teaching 5
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact 1 to 2 hour online tutorial
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6500OL and PSYCHOL 6501OL
    Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Graduate Certificate in Psychology
    Course Description Are you curious about what goes on in people's heads when making sense of the world? This course will delve deeply into the psychological processes involved with perception, learning, and thinking. Students will learn about key theories and principles based on cognition research, and consider how this knowledge applies to real-world problems.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Anastasia Ejova

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain key concepts in perception and cognition
    2. Assess models of perception and cognition in terms of their ability to explain adaptive human behaviour & the relevant brain processes.
    3. Synthesise theory, methods and data to answer research questions related to perception and cognition.
    4. Develop theory-driven recommendations for how human cognitive performance can be improved in real-world situations.
    5. Communicate key theories and findings from research in perception and cognition to a non-specialist audience.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This is a fully online offering. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and assessments. They will use a telecommunications application (such as zoom) to engage in online tutorials.Students will need to install a free, open-source, cross-platform package for statistical analysis (JASP) on their computer (
    Recommended Resources
    Links to relevant text book chapters and journal articles will provided within the Myuni course. 
    Online Learning
    This is a fully online offering. Myuni will be used for all course materials, communications, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assessments - including submission, grading and feedback.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Engagement with course content is facilitated by online lectures, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self directed study supported by weekly online tutorial sessions. There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 24-25 hours per week engaging with the online content, in private study, attending online tutorials and completing the assignments for this course.

    Hours per Week:
    1.5 Hours - Tutorial
    1 Hour - Tutorial Preparation
    9 Hours - Assessment related tasks
    10 Hours - Engaging with online content including video presentations, podcasts, directed research activities, discussions, interactive tasks
    3 Hours - Readings
    Learning Activities Summary
    Weekly modules cover the following:
    1. Decision making
    2. Perception
    3. Attention
    4. Concepts, categories and reasoning
    5. Metacognition
    6. Language
  • 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


    Hurdle requirement

    Learning Outcomes

    Evaluation of models Formative & Summative 20% no 1,2,3
    Research report Summative 40% no 3,4,5
    News article Summative 40% no 1,3,4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Submission via Turnitin. All assignments are due by 11:59pm on the Sunday at the end of the week in which they are due. A penalty of 5% per day applies for late submissions.

    Extensions are granted on medical, compassionate or other special circumstances recognised under the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. The completed extension application form and any documentation (such as a medical or counsellor's certification) should be emailed to the course coordinator and submitted before the due date. The course coordinator will consider the request in the light of the case made and University deadlines, and may grant an extension of up to three days.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment # 1 (Due end week 2, 800 words). You will use your scientific writing and research skills to create a succinct summary and critical evaluation of two models covered in the first two modules of the course, as well as a summary of the models’ successes and limitations when applied to real-world situations.

    Assessment #2 (Due end week 4, 1750 words). Research report written up according to APA requirements based on data set provided that will address a research question related to attention.

    Assessment #3: (Due end week 6 1200 words). You will write a 200-word pitch and 1000-word news article for The Conversation (a science-focused media outlet) on an application of content covered in the course demonstrating your ability to explain key concepts, draw conclusions across multiple studies, and communicate findings to a non-specialist audience. (Specific topic to be clarified during the course).
    Online submission using Turnitin
    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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