Cognition and Human Performance

PSY70014 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Swinburne Online: Fully online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23


PSY70010 Introduction to Research Methods
PSY70011 Psychology 100
PSY70012 Psychology 101
STA70006 Foundations of Statistics

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with an understanding of the workings of the human mind and its relation to behaviour. Students will gain an awareness and knowledge of the main theories of cognition and human performance. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of practical exercises where they can apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations and demonstrations. This unit will help students develop their understanding of key theories and research methods in cognitive psychology, and adapt skills learned in previous studies to the analysis and communication of contemporary problems in the area.
Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Explain the evolution of contemporary cognitive psychology;
2. Evaluate the major theoretical and biological underpinnings of human perception, attention, memory, reasoning, language, and learning;
3. Compare and critique the different methodologies used in contemporary cognitive psychology, including neuroscience and cognitive science approaches;
4. Apply and evaluate theories and principles of cognitive psychology to situations that arise in everyday life;
5. Critically evaluate contemporary research articles published by leading cognitive psychologists;
6. Analyse, synthesise, and present findings from cognitive research in an appropriate manner.