HPS203 - The Human Mind

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Stefanie Sharman

Trimester 3: Cache Davey

Email: HPS203@deakin.edu.au





Incompatible with: HPS673, HPS773
Contact hours:

Trimester 1: Campus and Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight, and online activities.

Trimester 3: Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour recorded class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar (online) per fortnight and online activities.


This unit presents a broad coverage of theories proposed by psychologists to explain the processes by which humans acquire, store, communicate, and use knowledge or information; the various research methods used by psychologists to study these processes; and some classic experimental findings in cognitive psychology which are the cornerstones of these theories. Topics covered in the unit include object recognition, attention, memory, reasoning, decision-making and problem-solving. These topics are treated within an information-processing approach to human cognition.


Assessment task 1: Laboratory Report Part 1 (900 words) 15%

Assessment task 2: Laboratory Report Part 2 (1800 words) 25%

Assessment task 3: Cloud (online) activities 10%

Assessment task 4: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Prescribed texts

Reisberg, D. (2016). Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind (6th ed.). New York: Norton.

Shrink-wrapped edition including Zaps workbook and online access.

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