PSYC2022 Perception and Cognition

Bachelor Course Unit


One Trimester


2nd Year

Credit points: 

6 (out of 144)


PSYC1012, PSYC1022, PSYC1032

Mode(s) of Delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




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

The aim of this unit is to expand the 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, language, attention, working memory, cognitive control, and judgement and decision-making.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the process by which stimuli are perceived by the senses.
  2. Articulate how the stimuli received by the senses result in perception
  3. Elaborate on how individuals know about their world, make judgements and solve problems
  4. Identify the links between perception, cognition and emotion

 Unit content

  • Introduction to Perception
  • The Chemical Senses
  • Touch and the Vestibular System
  • Hearing
  • Visual Perception
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Language
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Problem Solving and Reasoning

Learning and Teaching Process

This unit comprises 10 weekly three hour lectures and 9 weekly one 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.

Assessment 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 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.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of trimester.