Cognitive Psychology


The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theory, research, and methods underlying modern cognitive psychology. The emphasis throughout is on the potential application of cognitive psychological research. The course is topic-based, and progresses from a consideration of underlying cognitive processes (e.g., memory, attention, perception) toward more complex, high-level procedures, such as problem solving, intelligence, and decision making. This course is divided into four areas that provide: essential background material on the historical traditions of modern cognitive psychology and a top-down view of modern cognitive theory; a review of research and theory on basic cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and perception; information on a number of topics related to the manipulation and application of cognitive information, such as language, problem solving, decision making, and intelligence; and a consideration of several "real world" applications of cognitive psychology. The laboratory component will attempt to acquaint students with the major paradigms of cognitive psychology.

More information


BESC1122/1123/1121/1380 Principles of Psychology, BESC1125/1126/1124/1381 Foundations of Psychology &

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Materials to bring

Pen/pencil and notebook.



Additional notes


Printable course flyer

Available course dates

Semester 2

Course code Campus Undergrad or Postgrad Approval Required Credit Points Local fee International fee
BESC1178 City UGRD Yes 12 $2880.00 $2880.00


The course outline is available at The Course Co-ordinator is Dr Merv Jackson and his email is

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