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PS 408 Cognitive Psychology
Rivenes, Teresa R.


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Course

PS 408 Cognitive Psychology

Semester

U1T 2012 DL

Faculty

Rivenes, Teresa R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Doctoral Candidate, Psychology
Masters in Psychology, Capella University
Masters in Social Science, Utah State University

Office Location

Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, MT

Office Hours

available per appointment

Daytime Phone

406.590.9532

E-Mail

Teresa.Rivenes.02@park.edu

rivenestb@aol.com

Semester Dates

June 4, 2012 to July 29, 2012

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

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:

I approach teaching in terms of three broad goals: encouraging critical thinking, applying course material to everyday life, and setting high standards. I think the role of the instructor is to facilitate learning. I will do this by posing critical questions and encouraging students to explore their thinking and try on new ways of thinking. My goal is to encourage students to engage course material by thinking through and reflecting upon his/her position in the context of the sociological, or psychological, research provided. This is important, since different disciplines have different conventions and practices. I also believe that applying this material to everyday life is important. I have high standards and expectations for my students. In my experience, students will rise to the challenge as long as the expectation is an obtainable goal. 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.
 
Remember- It is easier to keep up than catch up!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course may challenge the way you look at a variety of issues. My expectation is that you will keep an open mind. We will all work to establish a foundation of respect and trust. In order for us to engage in discussion and debate with each other about issues in this class, everyone is entitled to express her thoughts and reactions.  This means that we may disagree with one another or that we may attempt to push our thinking further, but this should be done in ways that do not involve personal attacks nor dismissing another person’s experience, ideas, and/or feelings. An atmosphere of trust and respect is critical in courses that use discussion forums.

You are not asked to agree with all of your peers. You are asked to carefully reflect on their position, and if desired, respond with a critically well thought out research based response. Foul language, disparaging comments, discrimination, or breaches of trust will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
 
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. In an onsite class students have a plan"B" for how to get to class if their car breaks down. While the online learner does not have this burden, a plan "B" should be developed for technology failures. What is your plan B?

I expect that each individual assignment or paper you submit in this class is a unique one.  Plagiarism is a serious offense, please credit where credit is due and follow Park's policy in terms of all papers and assignments. 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

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

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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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