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PSY 320: Cognitive Psychology

Course Description

This course will focus on an overview of classic and current theory concerning the processing of information by the human mind. Emphasis is placed on the study of higher mental processes such as perception, learning, problem solving, categorization, decision-making, and language. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • PSY 101: Psychology (Recommended)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of the major concepts, theories, methodologies, controversies, and findings of cognitive psychology.
  2. Develop a working knowledge of the relationships between cognitive psychology and the related areas of psychology and sciences.
  3. Develop the ability to critically evaluate the quality of cognitive theories, research, and findings.
  4. Develop a basic understanding of how current cognitive theories and research can be applied to selected real-world and applied domains

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks

35%

Mid term Paper (Week 4)

30%

Final Paper (Week 7)

35%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
  • McBride, Dawn. (2019). Cognitive Psychology. 2nd ed. Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN-10: 1-5063-8386-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-5063-8386-6

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-4

Research Methods and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Readings: Chapters 1, 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit topic for mid term paper

2

1-4

Sensation, Attention & Perception and Object Recognition
  • Readings: Chapters 3, 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit names of article for mid term paper

3

1-4

Short-term and Long-term Memory
  • Readings: Chapters 5, 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit topic for final paper

4

1-4

Forgetting, Remembering and Consciousness
  • Readings: Chapters 7, 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit names of articles for final paper
  • Submit Midterm Paper

5

1-4

Verbal and Visual Representation of Knowledge
  • Readings: Chapters 9, 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

6

1-4

Language and Cognition Across the Lifespan
  • Reading: Chapters 11, 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

7

1-4

Decision Making, Problem Solving and Creativity
  • Readings: Chapters 13, 14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Final Paper

8

1-4

Artificial Intelligence
  • Readings: Chapter 15
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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