Cognitive Psychology | Online Psychology Course Arts and Science ONLINE

Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 221/3.0

An introduction to empirical study of mental processes. Topics include perception and attention, working memory, long-term memory, visual imagery, problem-solving, language, and decision-making.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall term


Learning Outcomes

After completing PSCY 221, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain classic and current issues within cognitive psychology (including but not limited to perception, attention, memory, knowledge, imagery, language, problem solving, and reasoning and decision making).
  2. Identify and explain standard methodological approaches used in the study of human cognition and cognitive neuroscience.
  3. Engage in critical reading of empirical evidence used to examine theories of cognition.
  4. Explain how experimental findings inform theories of cognition.
  5. Collaborate with peers to analyze experimental designs and theories and effectively communicate the results.

Description

Cognitive psychology is the study of the mind. By employing the scientific method, cognitive psychologists develop an understanding of the processes involved in all aspects of thinking, including attention, perception, memory, reasoning, language, and problem-solving. With the human brain considered to be the most complex object known to exist, and maybe the most powerful learning system known to exist, the study of the thinking processes it produces is immensely challenging.  With this complexity and the challenge of using our own thinking to study human thinking, cognitive psychology represents a rich and fascinating research domain.

Terms

Fall 2020
Course Dates: 
Sept. 8 - Dec. 7, 2020
Exam Dates: 
Dec 10 - 23, 2020

Evaluation

16%  Online Discussions (4)

16%  Online Quizzes (highest 8 out of 10)

24%  Laboratory Assignments (highest 4 out of 5)

44%  Final Exam (proctored)* 

*You must write and pass the final exam in order to pass the course.

 ** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Examity Statement

When you enrol in this online course, you are agreeing to write tests, quizzes, and block theory exams online with remote proctoring. The benefits of this are that you can complete the exam in your own space using your own computer. For each assessment, you will be using exam software developed at Queen’s, which is integrated with an online proctoring system. To ensure a successful exam experience, you are responsible for ensuring that your computer meets the Evaluation and Grading Policies.

8 minimum technical requirements, as described on the course web page, and that you are located in an area with sufficient high speed internet at the time of the exam. You will be given the opportunity to practice the exam initiation process in advance of any quizzes, tests or exams that require the use of this software.

Instructor

TBA

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activities for PSYC 221.

Winter 2021
Course Dates: 
Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 30, 2021

Evaluation

16%  Online Discussions (4)

16%  Online Quizzes (highest 8 out of 10)

24%  Laboratory Assignments (highest 4 out of 5)

44%  Final Exam (proctored)* 

*You must write and pass the final exam in order to pass the course.

 ** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period

Examity Statement

When you enroll in this online course, you are agreeing to write tests, quizzes, and block theory exams online with remote proctoring. The benefits of this are that you can complete the exam in your own space using your own computer. For each assessment, you will be using exam software developed at Queen’s, which is integrated with an online proctoring system. To ensure a successful exam experience, you are responsible for ensuring that your computer meets the Evaluation and Grading Policies.
 
8 minimum technical requirements, as described on the course web page, and that you are located in an area with sufficient high speed internet at the time of the exam. You will be given the opportunity to practice the exam initiation process in advance of any quizzes, tests or exams that require the use of this software.

Instructor

TBD

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activities for PSYC 221.

Summer 21: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 10 - July 30, 2021
Exam Dates: 
August 3 - 7

Evaluation

TBA

Instructor message

TBA

Time Commitment

TBA

Course Resources

About SOLUS

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About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended

Java

  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

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Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.

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