This unit of study is designed to provide students with an understanding of theories and methods in, cognitive and biological psychology and further training in research methods. The cognitive psychology component aims to extend students' knowledge of learning and cognition, perception and brain-behaviour relationships. The basic principles and methods of psychological assessment will also be examined. The research methods component provides students with training in quantitative research methods including theory and application. Students will develop an understanding of techniques of data collection, data entry, data analysis, statistical programs and report writing.

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APP1012 - Psychology 1A

APP1013 - Psychology 1B

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise and critique core concepts, perspectives and common experimental paradigms in cognition, cognitive assessment and perception;  
  2. Deliberate on brain-behaviour relationships in the context of brain structure;  
  3. Evaluate and apply a variety of research methods including statistical procedures  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Critique of journal article that demonstrates understanding of research design principles and theoretical issues (500 words) 20%
Report Laboratory report that demonstrates application of theoretical content and statistical methods (2000 words) 30%
Test In class test (3 hours). This will be completed in two phases across the block. 50%

Required reading

Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS statistics 5th ed. revised
Field, A., (2018)
London. Sage.

SPSS Survival manual 6th ed.
Pallant, J., (2016)
Sydney: Allen and Unwin

CogLab online version latest edition
Francis, G. & Neath, I
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

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