Cognitive Psychology

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cognitive Psychology

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisites: 1001PSY Introduction to Psychology 1I 1002PSY Introduction to Psychology 2I 1003PSY Research Methods and Statistics in PsychologyI or 2000PSY Experimental Design and Analysis

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course is designed to teach the basic concepts of Cognitive Psychology covering topics such as attention, memory, language, and thinking. Familiarity with a diverse range of experimental methods and techniques is required to understand the research findings in these areas, and to critically evaluate theoretical explanations. Research findings and theoretical explanations will be presented in lectures. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations will complement the lectures by providing direct experience with some experimental techniques. This course has prerequisites that must be completed prior to enrolling in this course. It is the students' responsibility to ensure these requirements have been fulfilled.

    Course Introduction
    The course, Cognitive Psychology, examines the basic mental processes that underlie many aspects of everyday life, including how we attend to, perceive, recognise and recall the objects, people and events we encounter. Higher cognitive processes, including language, reasoning and decision-making are also covered. Cognitive theories and models relevant to the topic areas will be described and evaluated using evidence from different empirical approaches, including traditional experimental techniques that involve human participants, and more recent techniques based on developments in neuroscience and computer modelling.

    Topics investigated by Cognitive Psychologists are of interest in and of themselves. They are also relevant in sub-disciplines such as Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Developmental Psychology, and other disciplines including Education, Law, and Human Resource Management

    Course Aims
    Cognitive Psychology builds on topics introduced in Introduction to Psychology (1001PSY). As a core course in psychology programs it aims to provide students with a basic grounding in topics in Cognitive Psychology. 

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an expanded and elaborated knowledge of core topics in Cognitive Psychology, some of which were introduced in first-year Psychology.
    2. Critically evaluate the evidence upon which theories in Cognitive Psychology are based.
    3. Demonstrate the skills required to carry out cognitive psychology research using human participants, analyse the data and interpret the findings.
    4. Demonstrate the written skills required to communicate psychological research findings.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.