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HPS203 - The Human Mind

Unit details

Year2016 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: Lata Satyen





Incompatible with: HPS673, HPS773
Contact hours:

Trimester 1 Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
Trimester 1 and Trimester 3 Cloud (online): 9 x 1 hour cloud (online) seminars


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

Prescribed texts

Reisberg, D. (2013). Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind (5th ed.). New York: Norton.

Shrink-wrapped edition including Zaps workbook and online access.

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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