PSYC2022 Perception and Cognition

Bachelor Course Unit

Duration:

One trimester

Level:

2nd year

Credit points:

6 (out of 144)

Prerequisites/Co-requisites:

PSYC2012

Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery

Core/elective:

Core


Introduction

This unit will focus on the biology and psychology of the sense organs of the body. The unit commences with how sensations in the body are associated with what is perceived. These perceptions will then be related to how human beings develop a sense of knowledge and use this knowledge in judgments, reasoning and problem solving. The unit will also include a consideration of the special topics of face recognition and cognition and emotion.

Unit description

This unit will focus on the biology and psychology of the sense organs of the body. The unit commences with how sensations in the body are associated with what is perceived. These perceptions will then be related to how human beings develop a sense of knowledge and use this knowledge in judgements, reasoning and problem solving. The unit will also include a consideration of the special topics of face recognition and cognition and emotion.

Unit coordinator

The aim of this unit is to provide a further understanding of issues addressed in the introductory psychology units, providing a more in-depth focus on human perception and cognition. Topics to be addressed include: perception of chemical senses; touch and the vestibular system; hearing and speech; visual and colour perception; pattern recognition; attention; and, decision-making.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the process by which stimuli are perceived by the senses.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how the stimuli received by the senses result in perception
  • elaborate on how individuals know about their world, make judgements and solve problems
  • identify the links between perception, cognition and emotion

 Unit content

  • Introduction to perception and the chemical senses
  • Touch & vestibular system
  • Hearing: Sound, speech, music
  • The basics of visual perception
  • Colour vision
  • Object and face recognition
  • Attention
  • Intelligence
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Problem solving

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly 2.5 hour lectures and 9 weekly 1 hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.

Assignment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space.

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the School of Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.

Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.