PSY307 Cognition (8)

This subject provides a grounding in the study and theory of cognitive processes, mainly from an information processing perspective. Topics covered include visual perception, attention, face recognition, memory, imagery, thinking, language, reasoning, problem-solving, and neuro-cognition. Current issues/debates in these areas of cognitive research are also examined. Applications of cognitive psychology are also considered.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY307. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge
PSY201 and (PSY202 or PSY203 or PSY204 or PSY208)
Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the dominant paradigm in cognitive psychology ie. the study of the interactions between environmental information and the human processor of information
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the range and complexity of human mental processes
  • be able to use and understand the methodologies of cognitive psychology applied to the study of mental processes
  • be able to identify aspects of the material and personal environment which might affect the efficiency of human information processing
  • be able to appreciate the many applications of cognitive psychology


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The origins of cognitive psychology - Visual perception and face recognition - Processes involving higher human reasoning, language, problem solving, decision making - Applications of cognitive psychology - Pathologies/disorders resulting from illness and head injury which allow a better understanding of cognitive processes - Future directions including Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY307 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online test 1 (28/11/2020 to 30/11/2020)
Online test 2 (19/12/2020 to 21/12/2020)
Research report
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.