PS408 Cognitive Psychology

for S1B 2008

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PS 408 Cognitive Psychology


S1B 2008 BL


Diane H. Bryan, Ph.D.


Senior Adjunct Professor


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
M.P.S. in Behavioral Psychology
Licensed in New Mexico and Texas

Office Location

Fort Bliss

Office Hours

8:00 - 5:00 Monday thru Friday by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone


E-Mail (preferred email address)

Semester Dates

1/7/08 - 3/1/08

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00


PS 101

Credit Hours



Reed, Stephen K. (2007). Cognition Theory and Application (current ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education.

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Course Description:
Students are introduced to modern concepts in cognitive psychology.  Human information processing, representation and organization of knowledge, and the uniqueness of higher cognitive skills are emphasized.  Classroom demonstrations and experiments are used in exploring human learning and memory.  Pre-requisite: PS101 or permission of the instructor.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize the vocabulary of cognitive psychology
  2. Demonstrate metacognitive processes.
  3. Display professional psychological writing and proper and appropriate us of APA style
  4. Critically analyze cognitive psychology literature.
  5. Apply cognitive psychological concepts to one's life and circumstances.

Core Assessment:

Research Paper.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Midterm exam, final exam, model of mental processes designed and presented by designated groups, and a research paper based on current research as it pertains and supports classroom learning and the core learning objectives of the course.


Mid term exam


Final exam 25%
Group model and presentation 15%
Research Paper 30%
Discussion 5%
100 - 95 A
 90 - 94 A-
 86 - 89 B+
 84 - 85 B
 80 - 83 B-
 76 - 79 C+
 74 - 75 C
 70 - 73 C-
 65 - 69 D
 Below 65 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Due to the design of the teaching model and students' presentations, no late projects will be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All rules and regulations of Park University as stated in the Student Handbook will be followed in the classroon environment.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1  

Housekeeping rules
Review of syllabus
Overview of textbook
Explanation of presentations, games, videos, and group work assignments
Assign chapters and form groups
Reading assignment: Chapter 1 and 2 
Week 2
Chapters 3 and 4
Group 1 presentations 
Week 3
Chapters 5 and 6
Group 2 presentations 
Week 4
Mid term exam (chapters 1-6)
 Week 5
Chapters 7 - 9
Group presentations 
Week 6
Chapters 10 -12
Group presentations
Group models 
Week 7
Chapters 12- 14 
Group presentations 
Week 8
Final exam (chapters 7-14)


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Sophisticated critique of at least two empirical studies - beyond description - reference to more than two strengths and weaknesses of both studies.
Description of two empirical studies with 1-2 statements of analysis and evaluation.
Description of less than 2 empirical studies and/ or no analysis or evaluation of the studies.
Sophisticated presentation of major issues and contributions.  The application reflects a depth of application (more than 3).  
General presentation of at least 2 major issues and 2 contributions.  
Superficial presentation of the major issues and contributions (less than 2 each).  
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Artifact displays sophisticated professional writing and correct APA formatting. More than 10 primary sources in the paper.
General professional writing displayed and APA Format is generally followed (1 class error: cover page, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.). Ten primary sources
Professional writing problems (e.g., excessive quoting, use of contractions, informal language) and/ or APA formatting problems (2 or more class errors: cover page, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.) and/ or less than 10 primary sources.


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