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PS 408 Cognitive Psychology
Bryan, Diane


SYLLABUS COURSE NUMBER PS408
COURSE TITLE COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
INSTRUCTOR DIANE H. BRYAN
TERM FALL II 2004
MEETING TIME FRIDAY 5:00 PM
RESIDENT CENTER FT. BLISS

I 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. Prerequisite: PS101 or permission of instructor.

II GOALS OF THE COURSE:
To provide the student with an overview and basic understanding of cognitive processes, memory storage, perceptions, language and acquisition of knowledge. The student will be able to discuss the cognitive processes using language appropriate to the study of cognitive psychology.

III LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
a. define the cognitive processes
b. discuss ways to develop effective learning methods.
c. define perceptions
d. discuss the use of language/ development of vocabulary
e. discuss concept formation, logic and decision making.

IV COURSE ARRANGEMENT:
a. lecture followed with class discussion
b. video material when appropriate
c. group presentations, games, models and teaching aids
d. examinations
e. written assignments

V COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
a. students are responsible for reading the text.
b. students are required to be present and punctual for all class sessions
c. students are required to take all examinations at the scheduled times.
d. students will work in groups to complete classroom assignments.
e. students are required to verbally present the results of their classroom projects.

VI TEXTBOOK:
Solso, Robert L. (2000). Cognitive psychology (7th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

VII SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
Reading list (attached to syllabus)
Professional journals
Electronic research
Videos

VIII CLASS MEETINGS

week 1 Introduction
Housekeeping rules
Review of syllabus
Overview of textbook
Exams
Explanation of presentations, games, and group work assignments
Assign chapters
Form groups
Chapter 1 and 2

week 2 Chapters 3 and 4
Group 1 presentations

week 3 Chapters 5 and 6
Group 2 presentations

week 4 Exam (chapters 1-6)

week 5 Chapters 7 and 8
Group presentations

week 6 Chapters 9 and 10
Group presentations
group models

week 7 chapters 11 and 12
Group presentations

week 8 final exam (chapters 7-12)

XI CLASS POLICIES:
Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, the university will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on test, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the university.
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Only under extreme situations will attendance be excused. Assignments and exams are due on the scheduled dates. There are no makeup dates.

X GRADING POLICY:
90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F


Midterm exam 25%
final exam 25%
Presentations 25%
discussion 10%
Group model 15%


I encourage students to contact me at: dbryan@elp.rr.com., 915-525-2796 cell, 915-581-6708 Fax for all matters pertaining to the course work.