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HPS773 - Understanding the Mind

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Lata Satyen


Incompatible with: HPS203
Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour recorded seminar per fortnight, 1 x 1.5 hour cloud (online) class per week, 1 x 1 hour Blackboard Collaborate session per fortnight


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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 the theories referred to above. Topics covered include object recognition, attention, memory, reasoning, decision-making and problem-solving. These topics are treated within an information-processing approach to human cognition.


Examination (2 hours) 50%, assignment Part 1 (1300 words) 20%, assignment Part 2 (1500 words) 20%, online activities 10%

Prescribed texts

Reisberg, D. (2013). Cognition Exploring the Science of the Mind, 5th edn, NY: WW Norton. Shrink-wrapped edition including Zaps workbook and online access.

Recommended texts

Burton, L. J. (2010). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in Psychology (3rd ed.). Queensland: Wiley.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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