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HPS203 - Understanding the Mind

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

Email: HPS203@deakin.edu.au

Incompatible with: HPS673, HPS773
Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight, 1 x 1.5 hour cloud (online) class per week, 1 x 1 hour practical per fortnight

Note: 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 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: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Assessment task 2: Assignment Part 1 (1300 words) 20%

Assessment task 3: Assignment Part 2 (1500 words) 20%

Assessment task 4: Online activities 10%

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.

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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