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COGNITION SYLLABUS
Course:  PSY 323 1A 05
August 28, 2017 - October 19, 2017

 

 

 


Stephen Weiss, Ph.D.

Office: LA 214

Office Phone #: 563-425-5916

Office Hours

 

MTRF 12:45-2:15 PM; & by appointment

E-Mail: weisss@uiu.edu

Class Room: LA 112

Class Schedule:

MTRF 2:15-3:30 PM

Website: http://smw15.org/

 

This page last updated: 10/16/17 – 2:00 PM

 

PowerPoint Presentations                                                   

 

Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

n  This course is an analysis of cognitive processes, including attention, perception, concept formation, language, memory, problem solving, and decision making.

 

OBJECTIVES

n  After successful competition of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following:

·         Identify the research approaches appropriate for studying human cognitive processes.

·         Investigate the major research findings in cognitive science.

·         Recognize the major theories and theorists concerned with human cognitive processes.

 

PREREQUISITES:  PSY 190  

 

CREDITS: 3

 

TEXTBOOK:

n  Goldstein, E. B. (2015). Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience (4th Ed.) Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

 

You can purchase your textbook through the university bookstore online at bookstore.mbsdirect.net/uiu.htm, by phone at (800) 325-3252, or email: vb@mbsdirect.net.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES & POLICIES:

n  Student Responsibilities: Students are expected to be familiar with UIU policies and procedures. Many of the important policies and procedures are on the UIU website, located at http://www.uiu.edu/currentstudents/policies/index.html

 

COURSE EXPECTATIONS

n  Email: Students and faculty are required to use their official UIU issued email account – doej12@peacocks.uiu.edu or doej@faculty.uiu.edu or doej@uiu.edu

n  Computer and Internet: Students and faculty should have access to reliable up-to-date computer, updated virus protection, and Internet connection to access course materials and complete course activities.

CHEATING, ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND PLAGIARISM

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: 

The use of unauthorized books, notes or other sources in the giving or securing of help in an examination or other course assignments. 

The copying of other students’ work or allowing others to copy your work. The submission of work that is not your own or allowing others to submit your work as theirs.

The submission of the same work for two or more classes without the approval of any instructors involved.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: 

·         Sharing academic materials knowing they will be used inappropriately.

·         Accessing another person’s work without permission.

·         Providing false or incomplete information on an academic document, 

·         Changing student records without approval.

·         Obtaining and using texts or other materials intended for instructor use only.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: 

·         The presentation of another’s published or unpublished work as one’s own.

·         Taking words or ideas of another and either copying them or paraphrasing them without proper citation of the source.

·         Using charts, graphs, statistics or tables without proper citation.

 

Detected cheating or plagiarism will result in consequences that may, at the professor’s discretion, include course failure. In addition, an offender can be reported to the Faculty/Student Conduct Board for possible further disciplinary action. Refer to the Student Handbook at http://www.uiu.edu/support/handbooks.html

VALIDATION OF ENROLLMENT/NON-ATTENDANCE

Enrollment for each course is validated by attending the face-to-face class or posting one or more times in the online classroom, the first week of the session. Failure to validate enrollment when courses begin will result in a grade of NA (never attended) and removal from the course. An NA will be recorded on your transcript and financial aid funding may be affected.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY

n  The last day to drop this course is September 29th. You will need to contact the registrar and get written documentation of your official withdrawal. Additionally, according to UIU policy, a student will be administratively withdrawn from this class if they miss five consecutive class periods before this date.    

 

Grading Criteria

Points

4 Tests (100 points each)

400

Research Paper

100

Presentation

50

5 Study Group Assignments (5 pts each)

25

Total

575

 

Note: Above grading criteria is not subject to change. No individual extra credit assignments will be offered.

 

Grading System:

 

Grade

%

Total Pts

A

94+

540+

A-

90-93

517-539

B+

87-89

500-516

B

84-86

483-499

B-

80-83

460-482

C+

77-79

442-459

C

74-76

425-441

C-

70-73

402-424

D+

67-69

385-401

D

64-66

368-384

D-

60-63

345-367

F

-60

-345

 

Note: While class attendance will not be calculated into the above grades, excessive absences will negatively affect your grade. Specifically, more than eight absences will result in a decrease of a full letter grade (for example from D to F).

 

Tests:

n  All tests will be part multiple choice, true/false and short answer format. There will be no make-ups for these exams - unless, there is an emergency and I am informed within a reasonably timeframe.

Reading Assignments:

n  The majority of the readings will come from the textbook. Additional readings will be assigned as well.

 

Presentation:

n  Small groups will be required to present on an applied aspect of cognitive psychology.

n  Presentations will be approximately 10-12 minutes with a short discussion to follow.

n  Specific presentation guidelines are on my website.

n  Presentations will be given on September 28th

 

Presentation Guidelines

 

Research Paper:

n  Students will be required to write a 9-10 page paper (maximum ten pages) during this semester. The body of the paper is 6-7 pages (title page, abstract, and references will make up the rest).

n  Specific presentation guidelines are on my website.

n  Due date: October 10th

 

n  Paper Guidelines

 

n  APA Guidelines

 

Study Group Assignments

n  Throughout the term there will be five in-class study group sessions (approximately 20 minutes each session).

n  These will be reaction/reflection type assignments relating to a specific theorist/theory we have discussed in class.

n  One page summary (maximum) will be submitted for a grade.

n  Cumulative peer review will be taken into consideration.

 

Use of Electronic Devices:

n  Use of cell phones and similar devices are not allowed during class; exceptions may be made upon request.

n  I will post all PowerPoint presentations as well as other materials on my website. Laptops, etc. can be used to follow along or type in notes related to this website only. Going to other websites during class requires my permission.

 

Email Communication:

n  You can expect a reply to emails within 24 hours (usually much shorter than that).

 

ACADEMIC ACCOMODATIONS

·         It is the policy of Upper Iowa University to ensure equal access to educational and co-curricular activities to students with disabilities as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A student seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Disability Services (DDS) as early in the session as possible. In order to receive accommodations, students must disclose their disability to the DDS by completing a Voluntary Disclosure Form, as well as providing appropriate documentation.  The Voluntary Disclosure Form is available in the DDS office or online  at http://www.uiu.edu/support/disability-services.html services.  Students will be given a Request for Accommodations Contract during their initial appointment with the DDS.  This appointment will be in person for Fayette campus students and over the phone for Center, Online, and Self-Paced students.  It is the student’s responsibility to provide the instructors with a copy of the Request for Accommodations Contract  (For Center or online students, these contracts are emailed out to instructors by the DDS for the student).  Additionally, students should work cooperatively with their instructors throughout the session to make sure that appropriate accommodations are being made. You can contact the DDS at (563) 425-5949, disabilityservices@uiu.edu, or stop by the office in the Student Center, Office of Student Life, Room 229.

Class Cancellation

n  Concerning official university cancellations, the UIU website should be utilized to confirm these class cancellations. If I need to cancel class for any reason, students will be notified via email.

 

Submitting Work:

n  All written assignments must be submitted as directed in Microsoft Word format, either as a .doc or .docx file.   

n  Hard-copy submission of paper is required in class on day paper is due. However, on certain occasions I will allow for an electronic submission. Two rules must be followed concerning electronic submissions: (1) file submitted is from a Word document; (2) your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.

n  If a hard-copy of your paper is left in my mailbox or office (and thus has not been handed to me in person) you must also send me an email informing me of this and your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.

 

Other Resources: 

n  Tutoring Services: 563-425-5853

n  Counseling Services at UIU: 563-425-5786

n  Advising and Career Resources: 563-425-5229

n  Writing Center: 563-425-5854

 

 

 

 

Schedule of Classes

Date

Tentative Topics

Chapters/Other Readings

Aug 28, 29

Syllabus; Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Chapter 1

Aug 30, 31

Cognitive Neuroscience

Chapter 2

Sep 4

Labor Day – No Class – Enjoy!

 

Sep 5, 7

Perception

Chapter 3

Sep 8

TEST 1: Chapters 1-3

 

Sep 11, 12, 14

Attention

Chapter 4

Sep 15, 18, 19

Short-Term & Working Memory

Chapter 5

Sep 21, 22

Long-Term Memory Structure

Chapter 6

Sep 25

TEST 2: Chapters 4-6

 

Sep 26, 28

Long-Term Memory Encoding & Retrieval

Chapter 7

Sep 29, Oct 2

Everyday Memory & Memory Errors

Chapter 8

Oct 3

Presentations

 

Oct 5

Knowledge (pp. 244-258)

Chapter 9

Oct 6

TEST 3: Chapters 7-9

 

 

Reminder: Paper is due on Oct 10th

 

Oct 9, 10

Visual Imagery

Chapter 10

Oct 12, 13

Problem-Solving

Chapter 12

Oct 16, 17

Reasoning & Decision-Making

Chapter 13

Oct 18

1:00-2:50 PM

 

TEST 4: Chapters 10, 12-13