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HPS773 - The Human Mind

Unit details

Year2016 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:

Trimester 1: Stefanie Sharman
Trimester 3: Lata Satyen






Incompatible with: HPS203
Contact hours:

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


Assessment task 1: Assignment Part 1 (1300 words) 20%
Assessment task 2: Assignment Part 2 (1500 words) 20%
Assessment task 3: Online activities 10%
Assessment task 4: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Prescribed texts

Reisberg, D. (2016). Cognition Exploring the Science of the Mind, 6th edn, NY: WW Norton. Shrink-wrapped edition including Zaps workbook and online access.

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