Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychological Sciences
OfferedMonash Online Teaching Period 2 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Mundy


As a specific example of cognitive psychology, the first half of this unit covers sensory processes involved in vision, audition and speech perception. Coding mechanisms common to different modalities are emphasised to help students understand general mechanisms of sensory coding and perceptual processing. The second half of the unit encompasses the acquisition, organisation, and retrieval of knowledge and aims to cover cognitive psychology more generally. It includes emphasis on contemporary research techniques, cognitive architecture, attentional processes, models of learning and memory, mental imagery, language and higher-order thinking.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate the practical and theoretical skills underlying several major methods for conducting cognitive and perceptual psychological research
  2. critique the central problem faced by any perceptual system and be able to use this as a framework to evaluate the evolution of perceptual principles and current theories of perception
  3. critically summarise the broad principles of perception which apply to all modalities including neuropsychological mechanisms at the level of receptors, pathways, and brain structures; top down and bottom up processing, feature detection and the constructive nature of perception
  4. examine and compare the sensory and perceptual processes specific to vision, audition and speech perception
  5. evaluate and critique the major theoretical and research approaches within cognitive psychology
  6. critically review historical and current theory on cognitive processes, such as learning, memory, attention, language, problem solving and decision making.


Critical essay (30%)
Lab report (40%)
Secure online quizzes (30%)

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend an average of 15-20 hours per week on this unit. This time will cover:

  1. video lecture materials (1 hour);
  2. synchronous & asynchronous discussion (1-2 hours);
  3. synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities (2 hours);
  4. weekly readings (4-5 hours);
  5. weekly skills-based assessment tasks (4-6 hours); and
  6. content-based assessment (4-5 hours, including revision and formative assessment).

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