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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 420
Course Title: Cognitive Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

A study of human mental processes. The course covers concepts such as neurocognition, pattern recognition and attention, the function (and malfunction) of memory in its various forms, language, decision making, and problem solving. Prerequisites: Junior standing; PSYC/SOCI 175; 3 additional hours of PSYC courses

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Junior standing; PSYC/SOCI 175; 3 additional hours of PSYC courses

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Cognitive psychology: Connecting mind, research, and everyday experience
By Goldstein, E. B. (Cengage)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the main concepts and theories of cognitive psychology
  2. Demonstrate an ability to understand the empirical primary source literature in the discipline
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically discuss, compare, contrast, and/or integrate the theories, findings, and research of cognitive psychology
  4. Demonstrate the ability to produce written work consistent with disciplinary (i.e.; APA 6e) standards.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to accurately and effectively present cognitive psychology content to an audience.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • History and theoretical approaches in Cognitive Psychology
  • Perceptual processes - visual and auditory recognition
  • Perceptual processes - attention and consciousness
  • Short-term/working memory
  • Long-term memory - levels of processing
  • Memory strategies and metacognition
  • Structure of knowledge
  • Language acquisition and comprehension
  • Language production
  • Problem-solving
  • Reasoning
  • Decision-making
  • Long-term memory - encoding and retrieval

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Chris Mazurek Date: February 25, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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