BEHV 3007 Cognitive Processes

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101677

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Description Cognitive Processes is the study of the mental processes that underpin attention, perception, decision-making, language, and memory. Conceptual and research questions include: What are the structures and mechanisms of human memory? What processes underpin acquisition of language, and are the processes similar when we learn a second language? What factors affect attention? How do some people become expert problem solvers? Why do humans make irrational decisions? Contemporary theories will be discussed and evaluated. Investigative research methods including experiments, computer modelling, clinical case studies, and brain imaging are evaluated.

School Psychology

Discipline Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BEHV 1016

Equivalent Subjects BEHV 3012 - Human Learning and Cognition


Note that only students enrolled at WSU Online may register in the WSU Online subjects offered at that location.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic understanding of core concepts of cognition, perception and biological psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in cognition, information processing, and language (APAC Graduate Attribute 1)
  2. Describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by cognitive psychologists (APAC GA 2)
  3. Apply the scientific method to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes (APAC GA 3)
  4. Write a research proposal on a topic in cognitive psychology (APAC GA 5)

Subject Content

Problem solving and Decision-making
Cognitive Neuroscience


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Proposal 2250 words 40 N Individual
Quiz Up to 10 questions per week 10 N Individual
Final Exam 1.5 hours 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Eysenck, M. W. & Keane, M. T. (2020). Cognitive psychology: A student's handbook (8th ed.). Routledge.
  • Eysenck M.W. & Keane, M.T. (2015) Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook (7th Ed.) New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Teaching Periods

WSU Online TRI-2

Wsu Online


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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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