SPRING 2011 SYLLABUS
Course Number: PSYC 305
Course Title: Memory and Cognition (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Marnie Moist
Office: Scotus 102-C
Office Phone: 472-2887
Office Hours: MWF 10:15-12:15; TR 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Meeting day/time: TR 1:15-2:30 (Sect. V) or 2:45-4:00 p.m. (Sect. W)
SPECIAL NEEDS ACCOMMODATIONS
Please address with the instructor any special problems or needs during the
first week of the semester. Those seeking disability accommodations should
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COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to .
General Education Obj. 2 - Diversity
Modify existing cognitive theories to incorporate cultural and social influences on human processing.
General Education Obj. 4 - Communication
Interpret the subtle variations between cognitive theories from assigned readings and lecture.
Improve your writing skills by integrating various types of literature in order to propose real-world applied cognitive therapy solutions.
General Education Obj. 6 Critical Thinking
Analyze key features and compare/contrast models of pattern recognition, selective attention, mental representations, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making.
Apply memory and cognition concepts and theories to solve real-life problems.
Evaluate limitations of cognitive theories and empirical results.
General Education Obj. 9 Interdisciplinary Emphasis/Broad Knowledge and General Education Obj. 10 Historical Connections
Distinguish between information-processing, connectionist, neuroscience, and other relevant disciplinary perspectives that make up the interdisciplinary area of cognitive science.
Classes will include lectures on key theories, controversies, empirical results, and their limitations in various areas of memory and cognition. In-class demonstrations linked with discussion will also be used.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS
Smith, E.E. & Kosslyn, S.M. (2007). Cognitive Psychology: Mind and Brain (1st Ed.).
Blackboard course for PSYC 305 can be accessed at:
· All class notes, assignments, and calendar due dates for tests and homework must be self-obtained from Blackboard.
Grades will be based on the following:
1) Two Exams (200 pts. each; 400 pts. total)
Part I of each exam (100 pts. each): Take-home section, requiring you to apply assigned textbook reading information to real life problems via short-answer responses.
Part II of each exam (100 pts. each): Multiple-choice questions on an in-class exam based on the class notes only (i.e., not on assigned readings).
2) Applied Cognitive Therapy Paper (200 pts.)
3) Attendance and Participation (200 pts. total)
Total Course Points = 800 pts.
Note: I do not round up to the next highest grade upon request, so please do not ask me to do so.
92% - 100% = A 90% - 91.99% = A
88% - 89.99% = B + 82% - 87.99% = B
80% - 81.99% = B 78% - 79.99% = C +
70% - 77.99% = C 60% - 69.99 % = D
59.99 % and below = F
Exams and Paper
The in-class Exam 1 will consist of all class notes from the first half of the semester (i.e., prior to Spring Break), whereas the in-class Exam 2 will consist of all notes from the second half of the semester. In-class exams will be entirely multiple-choice and will ONLY COVER class notes. These exams will require much more than rote memorization of my PowerPoint lectures; you will be expected to compare/contrast theories, apply concepts to real-life examples (i.e., to think critically about course notes). You are required to complete the in-class portion of each exam on the dates assigned. No make-up exams will be given, except when an excused absence is discussed with me at least one week in advance due to scheduled athletic away games or documented emergencies.
The take-home portions of Exams 1 and 2 will be posted in Blackboard under Assessment Tools, then Assignments. I recommend printing them both out as soon as they are posted and working on them gradually over the semester as they will require careful reading of assigned textbook chapters along with reflection on meaningful answers to real-life problems. Although you may cite class notes when relevant for the take-home exams, you must also cite relevant textbook readings. Any sign of plagiarism on take-home tests will result in an automatic zero grade (F) for all parties involved, so please do your own work.
Although exams will not be discussed in class, everyone is more than welcome to discuss either the graded in-class or take-home exams with me during my office hours.
The applied cognitive therapy paper will be completed with a partner of your choice. You may work with someone from either the 1:15 or 2:45 section of class. You will be asked to submit a few drafts of your work, and the final paper will be due during final exam week.
Take-home tests and the drafts of the applied therapy paper are due at the beginning of class on the date indicated, and they should always be typed and double-spaced. A 12-size font with 1-inch margins should always be used. I will accept late assignments, but you will lose 10% from your grade for each week your work is late. For example, if you do not hand in an assignment on the due date, 10% will be taken off your grade immediately up through the following week. If the assignment is not handed in exactly one week from the due date, 20% will be taken off your grade. Any work that is more than two weeks late will not be accepted. Late work will be accepted only during class or office hours.
Participation and Attendance
Points will be taken off by me for inadequate participation in class (50 pts.). The other 50 participation points will be assigned to you by your applied cognitive therapy paper partner.
Three points will be taken off your attendance grade for each class day missed (worth 100 pts. total). Only the following instances will not result in removal of points: a) documented participation in a St. Francis game as an athlete or in another official St. Francis event (e.g., a play, awards ceremony, etc.), and b) a hospitalization of either yourself or immediate relative, proven with a document dated and signed by a doctor. During the first two weeks of class, all athletes must provide a copy of a game schedule listing the dates of all games, along with a team membership verification sheet from the athletic department. Any athlete who fails to provide this information will be penalized on their attendance points. All other reasons for missing class which are too difficult for me to verify, including funerals and "not feeling well", will result in a removal of three points per day. Please dont ask for exceptions.
NOTE: Select Calendar in Blackboard from the left-hand button menu for all assignment due dates. In order to read a detailed description of work due, including assigned reading pages, summary of material covered on exams, etc., select relevant calendar dates.
Jan. 10th Discuss
Syllabus (T); How the Brain Gives Rise to the Mind
Jan. 17th How the Brain Gives Rise to the Mind (TR)
Jan. 24th Cognitive Films Relevant to Applied Cognition Paper (TR)
Jan. 31st Perception
Feb. 7th Perception
Feb. 14th Attention (TR)
Feb. 21st Representation and Knowledge in LTM Ch. 4 (T); In-class Exam 1 (R)
Feb. 28th NO CLASS HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!!!
Mar. 7th Representation and Knowledge in LTM (TR)
Representation/Knowledge (T); Encoding and Retrieval from LTM
Mar. 21st Encoding and Retrieval from LTM (TR)
Mar. 28th Working
Apr. 4th Working Memory (TR)
April 11th Executive Processes
April 18th In-class Exam 2 (T); NO CLASS/EASTER BREAK (R)
April 25th Bender-Gestalt Test Administration/Interpretation (T Last class)
Final Exam Week: All applied cognitive therapy final papers will be due according to the 1:15 section exam time, which is Thursday, April 28th between 10:10-12:10. Please submit one hard copy per pair with both names on it to me in my office. NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!!