Cognitive Psychology

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 2360
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course provides an introduction to the psychology of cognition and is concerned with the methods and theories relevant to thinking and related processes. Concept formation, problem solving, reasoning, decision making, and the relation of language to thought will be covered. The influence of individual differences, social factors, artificial intelligence, and biology will be included as well as the practical applications of research in cognition.
Course Content
  1.  Historical Context
    • The rationalistic tradition.
    • Scientific decision making.
    • The behaviourist tradition.
    • The cognitive revolution.
  2. Biological Processes
    • Neural networks
    • Rhythms and cycles
  3. Perceptual Processes
    • Sensory memories.
    • Pattern recognition in humans and machines.
    • Attention.
  4. Memory Processes
    • Models of memory.
    • Short term memory.
    • Arousal and memory.
    • Practical implications
  5. Imagery
    • Characteristics of images.
    • Imagery and memory.
    • Cognitive maps.
    • Graphical computer interfaces.
  6. Language
    • Understanding language.
    • Computers and language representation.
    • Producing language.
    • Remembering language.
    • Reading.
    • Language translation.
  7. Concepts and Categories
    • Methods of researching.
    • Factors affecting concept formation.
    • Testing hypotheses.
    • Natural categories.
    • Statistical methods of categorization.
  8. Problem Solving
    • Problem representation.
    • Strategies and heuristic.
    • Ill-defined problems.
    • Creativity.
    • Computational explorations of creative processors.
  9. Reasoning
    • Linear series problems.
    • Propositional reasoning.
    • Syllogisms.
    • Analogies.
    • First order predicate logic.
  10. Decision Making
    • Representativeness.
    • Availability.
    • Social judgement and bias.
    • Mathematical modeling judges policy.
  11. Individual Differences
    • In memory processes.
    • In language usage.
    • In concept formation and problem solving.
    • In cognitive styles.
    • Thinking as measurable ability.
  12. Artificial Intelligence
    • Expert systems.
    • Decision support systems.
  13. Social Cognition
    • Group problem solving.
    • Consensual social reality.
    • Game playing and simulation.
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:          

  • lectures
  • audio-visual materials
  • small group discussion
  • research projects
  • computer based cognitive simulation exercises
  • mediated electronic forums/discussion groups
  • internet-based individual and small group assignments
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

 

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

                       

10 quizzes  25%
5 homework assignments  10%
Small group assignments          10%
Class discussion quality  10%
Term project paper  20%
Midterm exam  10%
Final exam  15%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. List the major historical figures in the history of cognitive psychology and describe their contribution.
  2. Define cognition and describe the various types of cognition included in the definition.
  3. Describe the major contemporary theoretical approaches in cognitive psychology.
  4. Describe concept formation and attainment and the role of perceptual and memory processes.
  5. Explain the similarities and differences between individual and group problem solving.
  6. Describe the similarities and differences between human reasoning and artificial intelligence reasoning.
  7. Describe the dynamics of decision making processes and boundaries of "rational decision making".
  8. Describe the role of language and imagery in cognition.
  9. Describe the role of individual differences in cognitive style and cognitive ability.
  10. Run simple simulations of cognitive processes on a microcomputer using packaged software.
  11. Locate and use internet resources in cognitive psychology.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:

  • Goldstein, E. B. (2019) Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience (5th ed.). Stamford, CT : Cengage Learning

Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU PSYC 230 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU PSYC 2385 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG PSYC 2341 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PSYC 221 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 221 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 2210 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 3XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2015/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 2XX (3), If TWU PSYC 326 is taken, no credit will be given for DOUG PSYC 2360. 2015/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PSYO 2nd (3) 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV PSYC 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 332 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PSYC 221 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG PSYC 2315 (3) & DOUG PSYC 2360 (3) = UVIC PSYC 251 (1.5) & UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2018/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2018/05/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU PSYC 2nd (3) 2011/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU PSYC 319 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2011/08/31

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
13240
Wed
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Prime
David
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
12:30 - 15:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
15357
Tue
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Prime
David
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
8:30 - 11:20