PSYC5222 Perception and Cognition Advanced

Graduate Diploma Unit


One trimester


Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science – AQF Level 8

Credit points:

6 (out of 54)



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 provide an advanced 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:

  • describe the process by which stimuli are perceived by the senses.
  • articulate 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
  • demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge to complex problems
  • demonstrate an ability to communicate a complex topic to an audience of peers

Unit Content

  • Introduction to perception and the chemical senses
  • Touch and the 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.

Study schedule

N.B. This unit is at a higher level than that taken by the Bachelor’s degree students, and therefore students will be expected to adopt a critical and evaluative position on the topics and be ready to engage with the tutor at an advanced level.

Assessment Summary

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

Recommended text(s)

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 full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Parallel teaching statement

This unit involves parallel teaching. In order to ensure the required coverage of psychology and meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Standards, students enrolled in this unit will attend the same lectures as undergraduate students enrolled in the second and third years of the psychology sequence. To ensure learning at the appropriate level, however, students enrolled in this unit will attend separate laboratory and/or tutorial sessions from the undergraduate students. These sessions, rather than focusing on reinforcing the learning of material presented in lectures, are designed to extend this learning in more depth and at an advanced level. This will involve students preparing for these sessions by reading more advanced material. Assessment tasks also differ from the parallel undergraduate unit to ensure students are able to demonstrate the higher level of learning that is required for successful completion of the unit.


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 on the online class space.