Learning Objectives

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It is absolutely essential to define the learning objectives for a course like this. Otherwise the course will have huge gaps, major redundancies, and a lack of coherence. In addition, the objectives should go beyond what the students should “know” at the end of the course and should focus on what the students will be able to “do” at the end of the course. Bloom’s Taxonomy provides a commonly used aid for defining learning objectives in this manner.

Here are the learning objectives for PSC100Y (as stated in the syllabus):

This course provides a broad overview of cognitive psychology, including the cognitive systems underlying perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, language, and thinking. By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the major cognitive systems and the leading theories of how they work
  • Understand how behavioral and neural data can be used to draw inferences about internal mental processes
  • Read, analyze, and explain primary research articles in the area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how experiments in cognitive psychology are designed, conducted, and analyzed
  • Use the technical terminology of cognitive psychology

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