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PSYC2022 Perception and Cognition

Bachelor Course Unit


One Trimester


2nd Year

Credit points: 

6 (out of 144)


PSYC1012, PSYC1022, PSYC1032, PSYC2012

Mode(s) of 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

This unit is one of three introductory units in Psychology for commencing students. This unit will introduce you to key theories, findings, and methodologies in areas of psychology that examine the role of biological, environmental, and cognitive processes in explaining human experience and behaviour. It will also introduce you to some of the major applications of these theories and findings, and to current research issues in these areas.

This unit examines biological, environmental, perceptual, and cognitive processes that contribute to our understanding of human behaviour. The unit will provide a historical perspective on psychologists’ explanations of human behaviour as an introduction to current thinking and methods used in psychological research and practice. Psychology, and the study thereof, will be considered in light of the biopsychosocial model – which explains human behaviour to be the result of biological/genetic components, personal individualistic characteristics, and the environment in which the individual grows and lives.

With this in mind, the unit will begin with an overview of the history and evolution of the discipline of psychology to aid students’ understanding of the current conceptualisations in psychology. The unit will then examine the biological substrates of human behaviour with insight provided into the related areas of sensation and perception. Moving forward the unit will evaluate the contributions of cognitive processes and individual characteristics, together with a consideration of the role of the environment via an examination of the human learning paradigm.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a) Describe the process by which stimuli are perceived by the senses.
b) Articulate how the stimuli received by the senses result in perception
c) Elaborate on how individuals know about their world, make judgements and solve problems
d) 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
  • Problem Solving and Reasoning
  • Judgement and Decision Making

Learning and Teaching Process

This unit is taught over 10 weeks and totals approximately 3 student contact hours per week. 

Students will participate in teaching and learning activities including: 

a)     Recorded Lectures and post-learning activities

b)     Live Tutorials and skill development activities 

c)      Formative quizzes  

This unit comprises ten (10) weekly 2.5 hour recorded lectures and nine (9) weekly 1 hour tutorials. The recorded lectures will be made available under the Echo Capture link on the Class Space. All students are provided with secure online access to comprehensive unit learning resources via the Student Class Space (Moodle). 

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.