If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.
1.0 CALENDAR DESCRIPTION
An introduction to empirical, computational, and theoretical approaches to the study of human cognitive processes. The topics surveyed will include: perception, attention, memory, concepts, language and problem-solving. The course will show how these diverse psychological processes are related to and influence one another.
Antirequisites: Psychology 2010A/B, 2180E
Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. So if you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course.
Prerequisite: At least 60% in a 1000 level Psychology course
4 lecture hours, 0.5 course
Unless you have either the requisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enrol in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.
2.0 COURSE INFORMATION
Instructor: Dr. Albert Katz
Office and Phone Number: Room 7322, Telephone: 519 661 3681 (X83681)
Office Hours: By appointment only
Teaching Assistant: Tian (Toka) Zhu
Office Hours: tba
Time and Location of Classes: T/Th, 10:30-12:30 NS 7
If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, there are several resources here at Western to assist you. Please visit: http://www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/ for more information on these resources and on mental health.
Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 519-661-2111 ext 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation.
COGNITION: Exploring the Science of the Mind, 6th edition by Daniel Reisberg. New York: Norton. This text is available at the bookstore, Amazon, and elsewhere (it was used last year so second-hand copies might be available).. Notes (ppt slides) from each class will also be available. These notes are not intended as either a substitute for attending the lecture or reading the textbook.
4.0 COURSE OBJECTIVESAn introduction to empirical, computational, and theoretical approaches to the study of human cognitive processes. The topics surveyed will include: perception, attention, memory, concepts, language and problem-solving. The course will show how these diverse psychological processes are related to and influence one another. The primary mode of instruction is lecture and discussion and assessment will consist of multiple choice exams
4.1 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this course, student should be able to:
Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes relevant to cognitive psychology. This outcome will be assessed via multiple choice exams.
Identify concepts and current states of knowledge in both the natural science and social science aspects of cognitive psychology. This outcome will be assessed via multiple choice exams.
Engage in a critical scholarly discussion on a psychological topic using evidence to support claims. This outcome will be encouraged and developed via class discussion.
Critically evaluate the presentation of scientific ideas and research in the popular media. This outcome will be encouraged and developed via class discussion.
Apply psychological principles to the understanding of everyday problems. This outcome will be encouraged and developed via class discussion, and can be assessed via multiple choice exams.
Although the Psychology Department does not require instructors to adjust their course grades to conform to specific targets, the expectation is that course marks will be distributed around the following averages:
70% 1000-level and 2000-level courses
72% 2190-2990 level courses
75% 3000-level courses
80% 4000-level courses
The Psychology Department follows the University of Western Ontario grading guidelines, which are as follows (see http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/general/grades_undergrad.pdf ):
A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level
A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average
B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory
C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements
D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable
F below 50 Fail
6.0 TEST AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
There are 4 tests, multiple-choice format. Each test comprises 25% of your final grade.
Test 1 January 25
Test 2 March 1
Test 3 March 27
Test 4 During Final exam period (date tba April 14-30, 2018)
7.0 CLASS SCHEDULE
7.1 UNIT 1: FOUNDATIONS (Jan 9- Jan 25)
The Study of Cognition Ch. 1
Brain Science I Ch. 2
Perception Ch. 3
Object Recognition Ch. 4
Jan 25 EXAM 1 on Unit 1 Covers Ch. 1—4
7.2 UNIT 2: ATTENTION AND MEMORY (Jan 30-March 1)
Attention Ch. 5
Sensory Memory and Working Memory Ch. 6
Long Term Storage and Retrieval Ch. 7
Implicit Memory and event memory Ch. 8
READING WEEK --------
MARCH 1 EXAM 2 on Unit 2 Covers Ch. 5—8
7.3 UNIT 3: KNOWLEDGE AND CONCEPTS (March 6- March 27)
Concepts and Categories Ch. 9
Language Ch. 10
Visual Knowledge Ch. 11
Mar 27 EXAM 3 on Unit 3 Covers Ch. 9—11
7.4 UNIT 4: THINKING (March 29-April 11)
Reasoning I Ch. 12
Problem Solving Ch. 13
Decision Making Ch. 13
Expertise. Intelligence and Creativity Ch. 13
Consciousness (my lectures)
FINAL EXAM Apr 14-30 (During Exam period) Covers Ch. 12—13
8.0 STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC OFFENCES
Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offenses. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offenses because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offense are described at the following link: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_undergrad.pdf
As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offenses. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and Turnitin.com http://www.turnitin.com
Possible penalties for a scholastic offense include failure of the assignment, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University.
9.0 POLICY ON ACCOMMODATION FOR MEDICAL ILLNESS
Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at:
Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation:
10.0 OTHER INFORMATION
Office of the Registrar web site: http://registrar.uwo.ca
Student Development Services web site: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca
Please see the Psychology Undergraduate web site for information on the following:
- Policy on Cheating and Academic Misconduct
- Procedures for Appealing Academic Evaluations
- Policy on Attendance
- Policy Regarding Makeup Exams and Extensions of Deadlines
- Policy for Assignments
- Short Absences
- Extended Absences
- Academic Concerns
- 2017 Calendar References
No electronic devices, including cell phones and smart watches, will be allowed during exams.