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PS 408 Cognitive Psychology
Johnson, Andrew T.


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Course

PS 408 Cognitive Psychology

Semester

S2T 2012 DL

Faculty

Johnson, Andrew T.

Title

Professor of Psychology

Office Location

MA220

Daytime Phone

816.584.6722

E-Mail

ajohnson@park.edu

Semester Dates

S2T 2012

Class Days

TBA

Prerequisites

PS101 and Jr or Sr standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required:
   Matlin (2008). Cognition (7th Ed.). eText ISBN-13: 978-0-470-41618-1 - Print ISBN-13: 978-0-470-08764-0

   Coglab 2.0 on a CD (2007). Wadsworth, ISBN 978-0495090649

Suggested:
 
   Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
WHY I USE COGLAB FOR THIS CLASS.

1.  The Coglab experiments provide personal, hands-on experiences that increase student awareness of the importance of the concepts, facts, and theories that are being illustrated.

2.  It is easy for students to lose sight of the idea that psychology is more than a set of facts and theories—that it is an activity as well. Conducting the science of psychology is important because it provides an opportunity for understanding how facts and theories are derived. Coglab experiments help to convey the importance of methodological issues.

3.  Many ideas in cognitive psychology tend to be abstract or otherwise inaccessible to student understanding. Some are dry and seem unimportant. By having students “get messy”, Coglab experiments have the ability to bring to life what would otherwise remain  difficult or remote.

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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.

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement.  Investigation, inquiry, demonstrations, participation activities, readings, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of Internet resources and technology are significant components of this learning process. It is important that students analyze, synthesize, and evaluate course material and apply it to their own lives.

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:

Assessments

Points

%

Weekly Assignments

160

32%

Discussion

40

8

Report Back

40

8

Coglab Assignments

70

14

Research Paper

10

2

Research Paper

100

20%

Paper

75

15

Handout

25

5

Tests

240

48%

Chapter Quizzes

140

28

Final Exam

100

20

Total 

500

100%

Grading:
The course grade is determined by the total number of points from the assignments and exams. Grades will be based on percentage cutoffs, i.e., 90 % = A, 80 % = B, 70 % = C, 60 % = D, and 59% less = F.

 
Points (total = 500)
Grade
450 - 500
A
400 – 449
B
350 - 399
C
300 - 349
D
Below 299
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Due to the accelerated format of this course, no late submissions will be allowed unless advanced approval is received from the instructor.  There may be penalties for late submissions as determined by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
  • Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable.  I expect that each individual assignment or paper you submit in this class is a unique one.  Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.
  • Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Week

    Chaps

    Topics

    Specifics

    Points

    1

    1

     Introduction/ Methods

     

    32

      

     

    Discussion

    Paradigm Shifters & Influential Figures

    5

       

    Report Back

    Overview quiz

    5

       

    Coglab

    Neurocognition/ Sensory Memory

    10

       

    Research Paper

    Topics/ Alliances

    2

       

    Quiz

    Chap 1

    10

    2

    2,3

     Perceptual Proc I & II

     

    42

       

    Discussion

    Inattentional Blindness & magic

    5

       

    Report Back

    Misheard lyrics/ illusions

    5

       

    Coglab

    Attention/ Perception

    10

       

    Research Paper

    Key Researcher

    2

       

    Quiz

    Chaps 2, 3

    20

     3

    4,5

     Working Memory/ LTM

     

    42

       

    Discussion

     Case C.W.

    5

       

    Report Back

    DRM quiz 2 lists

    5

       

    Coglab

    STM/ Working memory

    10

       

    Research Paper

    Journal Article

    2

       

    Quiz

    Chaps 4, 5

    20

    4

    5,6

     LTM/ Memory Strategies

     

    42

       

    Discussion

    False memory

    5

       

    Report Back

    Rey-Ostereith

    5

       

    Coglab

    Memory Processes/ Metamemory

    10

       

    Research Paper

    Applications

    2

       

    Quiz

    Chaps 5, 6

    20

    5

    7,8

     Mental Imagery/ Knowledge

     

    42

       

    Discussion

    Implicit attitudes and social distance

    5

       

    Report Back

    Cog Maps

    5

       

    Coglab

    Imagery/ Concepts

    10

       

    Research Paper

    Lessons Learned

    2

       

    Quiz

    Chap 7, 8

    20

    6

    9,10

     Language I& II

     

    140

       

    Discussion

    Code switching/ advantages of bilingualism

    5

       

    Report Back

    Language Inference

    5

       

    Coglab

    Speech/ Language

    10

       

    Quiz

    Chaps 9, 10

    20

       

    Research Paper

     

    75

       

    Research Paper HO

     

    25

    7

    11,12

     Problem Solving/ Reasoning

      

    40

       

    Discussion

    Heuristics and Nobel Prize

    5

       

    Report Back

    Availability Heuristic

    5

       

    Coglab

    Judgment

    10

       

    Quiz

    Chaps 11, 12

    20

       

    Final Exam Info

     

     

    8

    13

    Cognitive Development

     

    120

       

    Discussion

     Open Question and Reflection Q

    5

       

    Report Back

    Proverb completion

    5

       

    Quiz

    Chap 13

    10

       

    COEX

    Combo of MC/ SA

    100

           

    500

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    Plagiarism:
    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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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    Attachments:
    PS408 Core Assessment Explanation

    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    Outcomes
    1,2,3,5,7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    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.
     
     
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1,2,5,7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    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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