PS408 Cognitive Psychology

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PS 408 Cognitive Psychology


F1B 2009 BL


Nieto, Naomi Y.


Adjunct Instructor


BA Psychology 2006
MA Counseling 2008
PhD Clinical Psychology 2012

Office Location


Office Hours

Before/after class


Semester Dates

Fall 2009

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours



Text: Stephen K. Reed. Cognition: Theory and Applications, 7th Edition © 2007. - San Diego State University . ISBN-10: 0495091561  ISBN-13: 9780495091561

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Course Description:
PS 408 Cognitive Psychology: 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. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: PS 101 or permission of instructor.

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:
The class assessment will be based on examinations, case studies, comprehensive paper, student presentations and class attendance/participation. 

·         The grading plan will consist of the following

1.      Midterm Exam:             30 points

2.      Final Exam:                   30 points

3.      Research Paper :          30 points

4.      Presentation:                 50 points

5.      4 Quizzes: 40 points (10 points each)

6.      Total Points = 180

·         The course is conducted primarily in English, which requires the student to be proficient in reading and writing the English language at the college level.

·         Term Paper Topic and Instructions:

Research Paper

The research paper will be written in English and in the APA format. An exact sample of the required format is posted at in the DOC sharing tab. The paper will be 10 pages in length, excluding the cover and reference page, double spaced, 12 font, one-inch margins, and Times New Roman. The paper will contain 10 to 15 references from credible library sources and obtained from Park University's online library resources or any other scholarly journal. Students must run their "spell checker" and edit their paper for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors prior to submitting the paper.

All papers will be submitted on in the provided "dropbox" or instructor’s email address where the paper can be uploaded in MS Word format.

Students are expected to read the assigned textbook chapters and to be familiar with their chapter content before each class session.  Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated.  Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing.  Absences should be kept to a minimum.  If an absence is necessary then students will receive a letter grade deduction from the final score whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  Leveling work for absences may include detailed written summaries of chapters or completion of review questions or definitions at the end of chapters, or any other class-related assigned task as determined by the instructor.  Late class work will not be accepted.  Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence.  Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action.


The students are required to do a 30 minute presentation about a selected topic. Each student will have to sign up on a designated day. The student will have to select a topic of a mental disorder/disability related to cognition. For example, the topics can include ADD, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, etc. The topic must get approved by the instructor prior to starting the research. The components for the presentation are: 1) the disability, 2) current research, 3) examples, 4) handouts, 5) anything else that will allow the rest of the class understand the disability/mental disorder.


The following will be used to assigned course letter grades:

91 to 100  = A

81 to 90   =  B

71 to 80  =  C

61 to 70  =  D

 60 to 0   =  F

All final exams will be closed book and closed notes. No cell phones or electronic devices allowed during tests or quizzes. Turn phone off or put on vibrate mode. If there is an emergency, please let your instructor know

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 Work missed because of absences or work turned in late will not be accepted.  It is your responsibility to meet deadlines and turn in work when it's due. Military students can make alternative arrangements with the instructor because of deployments or other unforeseen military duties that often arise. Park University specializes in serving military students and accommodations will be made to help the soldier, marine, airman, or sailor complete the course successfully.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attend all classes for the entire class period and be on time to all classes. Roll will be taken before and after at each class meeting, therefore students who leave during class breaks will be considered absent and receive a "U". If classes are missed for a legitimate reason such as temporary duty or illness the student is responsible to make up the missed work, obtain lecture notes and handouts. If you are going to miss a class, I expect to be communicated with prior to class, if possible.  Assignments will be turned in on time.  There will be exceptions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

PS408 Cognitive Psychology

Week 1

  • Class Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (pgs 1-15)
  • Chapter 2: Pattern Recognition (pgs 17-42)
  • Class Discussion

 Week 2

  • Quiz #1 (Ch 1 & 2)
  • Chapter 3: Attention (pgs 43-68)
  • Chapter 4: Short-Term Memory (pgs 69-95)
  • Chapter 5: Long-Term Memory (pgs 97-124)
  • Class Discussion

Week 3

  • Quiz #2 (CH 3,4,5)
  • Chapter 6: Memory Codes (pgs 125-148)
  • Chapter 7: Visual Images (pgs 151-180)
  • Class Discussion

Week 4

  • MIDTERM (CH 1-7 only)

Week 5

  • Chapter 8: Categorization (pgs 181-207)
  • Chapter 9: Semantic Organization (pgs 209-241)
  • Presentations

Week 6

  • Quiz #3 (Ch 8 & 9)
  • Chapter 10: Language (pgs 243-270)
  • Chapter 11: Comprehension (pgs 271-298)
  • Presentations

Week 7

  • Quiz #4 (Ch 10 & 11)
  • Chapter 12: Problem Solving (pgs 299-326)
  • Chapter 13: Expertise and Creativity (pgs 327-351
  • Chapter 14: Decision Making (pgs 353-380)
  • Presentations

Week 8 (July 17)

  • FINAL (Chapter 8-14 only)

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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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