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PSYC 134 - Syllabus - F10 - Psychology 134 Cognitive...

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1 Psychology 134: Cognitive Processes Fall 2010, UV Theater 10 Mon., Wed., & Fri. 10:40-11:30 A . M . (4 Units) Instructor Elizabeth E. Melton, M.A., A.B.D. Office: PSYC 2124B Phone: (951) 827–2511 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Wed. 11:30am–1:30pm, and by appointment. Course Materials Ashcraft, M. H. & Radvansky , G.A.(2009). Cognition (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Web Pages Some materials including announcements, homework assignments, and additional reading materials will be made available via the class web page on the Blackboard website at http://ilearn.ucr.edu/. For more information regarding the Blackboard website, go to http://cnc.ucr.edu/index.php?content=student services/blackboard. Course Description This course has one principal goal: to familiarize students with Cognitive Science and Cognitive Psychology . The goal of cognitive science is to understand how the mind works. This is accomplished via the scientific method, which requires that one obtain empirical evidence to support or refute testable theories . By the end of the course, you should know a wide variety of experimental results, and the theories that derive support from those results. Requirements Discussion Section Attendance and Participation Discussion sections are used for activities such as discussions, demonstrations, required writing assignments, and films. Discussion sections also provide excellent opportunities to ask questions about the readings or the lecture. Attendance at the discussion section in which you are registered is a critical part of participation. You must attend the section in which you are enrolled. Attendance and participation in your assigned discussion section (and on the discussion board on the Blackboard website) will count for 15% of your grade. Assignments Because the textbook is a critical source of information for this course, we will be utilizing the SQ3R (survey, question, read, recite, review) study method. You are required to hand in your recitation notes for each chapter to your TA at the beginning of your discussion section during the week indicated in the schedule below. If they are turned in after that time you will not receive any credit. Your notes should be handwritten legibly. The notes for each chapter will be graded on a satisfactory/
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2 unsatisfactory scale. The combined total of all the notes will count for 10% of your grade. More information about the SQ3R method is available on the class website under Course Materials . Final Project During section in Week 9, you will be part of a poster session. If you go on to graduate school, you will find yourself attending conferences where you will present posters regarding your research. At these poster sessions, other attendees will ask you to give them a one minute overview of your findings. During the poster session in section your TA will have you give them your one-minute overview. You will get further details regarding the requirements of this poster project from your TAs in discussion section.
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