Learning and Cognition

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Learning and Cognition

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Psychobiology, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course is concerned with how the mind works. Cognitive topics include memory, imagery, language, intelligence and comparative psychology. The course also focuses on learning including the experimental analysis of behaviour as derived from principles of associative learning. Laboratory sessions will focus on training of skills including gathering, analysing and presenting information, and in providing feedback.
    Course Introduction
    The course provides an introduction to two distinct fields within Psychology: learning and cognition. These two fields sometimes appear to be in stark contrast. Students will have an opportunity to appreciate the value of each approach. Both are valid and provide complementary approaches to Psychology. One third of the lectures will be on learning and the rest on topics in cognition.
    Learning: This part of the course is concerned with the experimental analysis of behaviour as derived from the principles of associative learning. Definitions, assumptions, and basic phenomena are reviewed and evaluated in terms of their ability to account for a range of (human) behaviour. The course offers an opportunity to acquire
    ? knowledge of the principles of associative learning,
    ? the ability to identify associative processes within everyday behaviour, and
    ? the capacity to apply learning principles to modify behaviour.
    Cognition: The aim of this part of the course is to provide students with a general overview of the field of cognitive psychology: the study of mind or thinking. Students are introduced to selected theories and concepts in imagery, attention, memory, language, intelligence and comparative cognition. How questions about cognition can be investigated empirically is being discussed and laboratories provide hands-on experience in experimental research.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Know the basic concepts and theory in associative learning and cognition
    • Have acquired skills in psychological experimentation through practical exercises
    • Write scientifically in psychology
    • Understand the links between basic research and clinical practise
    • Apply different modes of psychological analysis (behaviour based vs cognitive) and to provide a critical assessment of these different approaches
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 2 Practical or Laboratory hours
    Assessment Summary
    Tutorial Exercise: 20%
    Laboratory Report: 35%
    Final Exam: 45%

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