Feb 24, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either Freshman or Sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

PSY6730 - Cognitive Psychology (3 hrs.)

The objective of the course is to introduce a general understanding of, and appreciation for, the nature and complexity of the human mind from the perspective of cognitive psychology. This will include knowledge about the various phenomena investigated by cognitive psychologists.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the various methods of learning, memory, and perception.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will have a basic understanding of the general processing approach and the overall framework within which topics of cognition are organized.

Units Outcomes and Criterion Based Evaluation Key for Core Content:

The following outline defines the minimum core content, not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.


Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Attends class on a regular and timely basis
  • Written work displays material discussed in class in a clear, concise manner with few grammatical errors
  • Oral participation in class reflects clear, concise, thought out views
  • Completion of assignment is on or before due date
  • Interpersonal skills reflect the ability to work with large and small groups to reach a common goal


Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Present a coherent picture of human memory and cognition within the framework of the information processing approach
  • Perceive individuals as active and constructive planners in remembering and organizing new and prior knowledge
  • Gain insight into the study of attention, memory, thought, decision-making, and problem-solving processes
  • Explore the mind as an information-processing system, focusing especially on perception, knowledge representation, and thought


Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Examine attention, memory categorization, language, expertise, reasoning, and consciousness
  • Determine the biological mechanisms underlying these processes and their effects on everyday
  • Survey the manner in which people extract and use relevant information from their environments as basis for behaviors
  • Understand memory storage and retrieval, imagery, mnemonic devices, and other cognitive processes


Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Knowledge of the reflexive and responsive nature of cognition
  • Understanding the developmental life span
  • Improve behavioral skills, information analysis, inference, logic, problem-solving, and decision-making
  • Examine cognition relative to adjustment, coping, relationships, and abnormal behavior


Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Explain the importance of consensus in shaping behavior
  • Explore the theories of language and communication
  • Define language and thought and the patterns of thinking that are determined by the specific language speaks
  • Understand the system of symbols that enables us the communication of feelings, ideas, and thoughts


Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Knowledge of the theorists, theories, and tests associated with intelligence
  • Determine the effects of mental abilities, human diversity, and gender on intelligence
  • Understand the factors promoting creativity
  • Explore the variability and validity of creativity tests

Projects Required:


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class, which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.