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Learning and Cognition (10447.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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This subject is devoted to developing an understanding of how the mind works. The unit will address theories of classical (Pavlovian) and operant conditioning, and learning by observation. The application of scientific method to questions about behaviour and behaviour change will be emphasised with consideration of the view of learning as an evolutionary and adaptive mechanism. Cognitive topics will include attention, memory, concept learning, reasoning and decision making with a focus on applications in cognitive psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe and apply the basic principles underlying classical and operant conditioning;

2. Explain and apply the basic premise of observational or social learning;

3. Demonstrate knowledge of theory and research related to advanced topics in cognitive psychology; and

4. Apply commonly used learning and behaviour-modification strategies to modify a target behaviour.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Two hours of lectures and one hour of labs/tutorials per week in flexible mode.


11399 Understanding People and Behaviour OR 4309 Psychology 101
10444 Foundations of Psychology OR 4310 Psychology 102



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

Completion of both 7123 Cognitive Psychology AND 7127 Learning

Work Integrated Learning

Not Applicable

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