syllabus 135 S10 - San Jos State University Psychology...

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San José State University Psychology Department Psyc 135, Section 1, Cognition, Spring 2010 Instructor: Robert Cooper Office Location: DMH 319 Telephone: (408) 924-5651 Email: Robert.cooper@sjsu.edu Office Hours: M: 8-9, 12-1 W: 8-9, 2-3 Class Days/Time: (Days and time) Classroom: DMH 359 Prerequisites: Psyc 1 Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging (Optional) Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at http://www.sjsu.edu/people/robert.cooper or accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU and your email account listed with SJSU. Course Description The content of the course as described in the University Catalog: The activity of knowing: acquisition, organization and use of knowledge. Processes involved in that activity, including perception, memory, thinking and language. This particular section of the course will include material on cognitive theories, experimental results, research methods in cognitive psychology, and applications of cognitive psychology. The course will include lectures, discussions, participation in demonstration cognitive experiments, and preparation of a term paper. Lectures will supplement the text with substantial information about cognitive development. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: LO1: Describe the major tenants of the current major cognitive theories and identify their major strengths and weaknesses. Cognition, Psyc 135.1, Spring, 2010 Page 1 of 6
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L02: Describe the dominant research methodologies in cognitive psychology and identify their major strengths and weaknesses. L03: Provide an overview of our current knowledge with respect to the dominant topic areas in cognitive psychology (e.g., attention, concept formation, problem solving). LO4: Apply the knowledge of cognitive psychology to “real-world” situations including educational, legal, and life challenges contexts. Required Texts/Readings Textbook (required) Reisberg, D. (2010). Cognition: Exploring the science of the mind, 4 th Ed., Norton: NY. Other Readings (required) Reisberg, D. (2010). The cognition workbook: essays, demonstrations, and explorations, 4 th Ed., Norton: NY. (comes packaged with the textbook) Other equipment / material requirements (required) License for The Norton Psychology Labs (comes packaged with the textbook) Classroom Protocol Students are expected to arrive to class on time and stay until class is over. Except when they are part of a classroom activity, no electronic devices (e.g., cell phones,
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