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Cognition and Human Performance

2014 unit code: PSY20006 (formerly LSY200)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points

1 Semester

Contact hours36 hours over the teaching period (normally 3 hours per week)

 LSQ300 Design and Measurement 3

Related course(s)

*From July, 2013 this unit will be taught at the Hawthorn Campus

Effective 2010
This is a prescribed unit of study in the Social Science Major/s. It may also be undertaken as a unit of study in any other Swinburne degree program, subject to the prerequisite and degree requirements.

Aims and objectives

The aim is to provide up-to-date coverage of recent theoretical and methodological advancements in cognitive psychology.
After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Understand the evolution of contemporary cognitive psychology.
  • Describe the major theories of human perception, attention, memory, reasoning, language and learning.
  • Describe a range of methodologies used in contemporary cognitive psychology, including neuroscience and cognitive science approaches.
  • Appreciate how theories and principles of cognitive psychology are used in everyday life.
  • Read and understand contemporary research articles published by leading cognitive psychologists.
  • Analyse and present findings from cognitive research in an appropriate manner.

Teaching methods

Units will be taught in a variety of modes including face to face, online, distance and blended modes. Delivery of this unit may be through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, seminars and online.


Short report 15%
Lab report 45%
Examination 40%

Generic skills outcomes

This unit will provide discipline-based knowledge and professional capabilities and experiences contributing to students progress in attaining generic skills such as:
• Analysis and problem solving skills
Research skills
Computer skills
Data analysis
• Communication skills
• Report writing
• Ability to work independently


This unit of study examines theories of cognitive functioning and processes, including perception, attention, memory, problem-solving, decision-making, language, and aspects of learning. Some contemporary issues and theoretical applications will also be considered

Text books

Eysenck, M. (2006). Fundamentals of Cognition. Hove: Psychology Press