1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 Admission into BPSG-Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry)
1a Admission into BPSGFP-Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry) - City Campus
2 13.5 units from any second year PSYC topics
3 2 of PSYC2018, PSYC2020
4 Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
4a Admission into BHSPSFP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology) - City Campus
5 13.5 units from any second year PSYC topics
6 PSYC2020 - Cognition and Learning
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a)) or (2)) and ((3) or ((4 or 4a) and 5 and 6))
Enrolment not permitted
PSYC3049 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Students will need a sound understanding of general psychological principles.
Course context
Psychology major: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry), Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology),Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Arts.
Topic description
This topic will focus on the way in which psychological theory and research in cognitive psychology can be applied to issues in areas as diverse ashuman-computer interaction, memory monitoring and control, educational psychology, clinical cognition and eating behaviour. Topics in human factors may include virtual reality and aircraft instrument displays. Topics in clinical cognition may include cognitive processes involved in well-being and decision-making, placebo effects, involuntary cognition and psychological disorders. Topics in eating behaviour may include obesity, food cravings and dieting.
Educational aims
The topic aims to introduce students to theory and research in cognitive psychology that informs our understanding of and suggests practical solutions for real world problems. For example, research in cognitive psychology offers important perspectives and practical solutions for problems in areas as diverse as clinical, educational, and engineering psychology. Thus, the topic will provide students with opportunities to develop analytical skills in evaluating psychological theory and research. Moreover, it will provide opportunities to apply cognitive theory and research to the solution of specific real world problems in these areas of psychological inquiry.
Expected learning outcomes
Students completing this topic should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical perspectives and empirical methods derived from cognitive psychology
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in the application of cognitive theory and research, and associated strengths and limitations
  3. Critically evaluate psychological research
  4. Demonstrate the ability for critical analysis and coherent argument through written reports
  5. Apply theory and research findings to developing solutions to practical problems encountered in everyday life.