PSYC416-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Cognitive Psychology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


The objectives of this course are to extend the knowledge of cognitive psychology and its content, theory and methods by discussing recent developments, by close study of classic work, and by considering the application of cognitive psychology to topical community issues.

This is a seminar-based course. The objectives are to extend basic knowledge of the content, theory, and methods of cognitive psychology gained in PSYC208 Cognition (or other cognitive courses). It is designed to prepare those enrolled in PSYC340 for post-graduate study, and for post-grad students enrolled in PSYC416 for more advanced post-graduate study. Students will be assisted in the preparation and presentation of seminars. Class groups are small and open discussion and debate of issues raised from the seminar presentations is encouraged. Each student will give two seminar presentations and submit written work on their presentation topics. Presentations and the subsequent written assignments will be based on readings considered to make a substantial contemporary contribution in the science of human cognition. The two presentations and associated written assignments (1 essay and 1 research proposal) determine the overall course grade. There are no examinations or tests. Above average achievement in PSYC208 Cognition or an equivalent course is strongly recommended as preparation for the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major contemporary concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in Cognitive Psychology.
  • Apply critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry, and rigorous scientific approaches to issues relating to mental processes.
  • Critically appraise the design, data analysis, and the validity of conclusions drawn from empirical investigations in Cognitive Psychology.
  • Construct PowerPoint displays and use them in the presentation of informative, critical, and engaging oral presentations.
  • Display enhanced writing skills and be able to apply these skills in the production of essays and research proposals.


PSYC208; or subject to the approval of the Head of School.


PSYC340, PHIL476

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ewald Neumann


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Two seminar presentations (15% each) 30%
Two written assignments (35% each) 70%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no set text.  Journal articles and book chapters are used.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,079.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC416 Occurrences

  • PSYC416-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023