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Unit description

Covers learning and memory in an integrated fashion. Learning and memory are concerned with understanding the processes by which behaviour is acquired through experience and expressed in later performance. Topics will include basic principles of behaviour change, learning and addictive behaviours, information processing account of memory, the role of implicit memory and learning, and the effects of aging on learning and memory.

Unit content

Examines key topics in Learning and Memory including:

  • Short-term and Working Memory
  • Long-term memory
  • Every day and Applied Memory (e.g. Memory improvement, memory and the law, ageing and memory, autobiographical memory, Skill memory)
  • Basic processes in Pavlovian (Classical) conditioning
  • Models of Pavlovian (Classical) conditioning
  • Instrumental learning (Operant Conditioning) and the analysis of behaviour
  • Learning emotional responses
  • Applying Learning to problems in the real world (e.g. Behavioural psychopharmacology and addictive processes, Verbal behaviour, Two-process learning theories and fear appeal marketing)
  • Learning and Memory research methods and dissemination of research.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the ways in which learning and memory have been studied, the critical results of these investigations, and competing theories that have been developed to account for these resultsKnowledge of a discipline
2describe how knowledge of the theories and principles of learning and memory can be utilised in an applied contextCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3critically evaluate theories of learning and memory in order to derive hypotheses about potential empirical tests of their principlesCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
4design and conduct empirical research that examines one or more theoretical constructs in learning and memoryCreativityCommunication and social skills
5write a research report based on methods and data from a learning and/or memory study as provided, and adhering to American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Guide style.Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the ways in which learning and memory have been studied, the critical results of these investigations, and competing theories that have been developed to account for these results
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. describe how knowledge of the theories and principles of learning and memory can be utilised in an applied context
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critically evaluate theories of learning and memory in order to derive hypotheses about potential empirical tests of their principles
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. design and conduct empirical research that examines one or more theoretical constructs in learning and memory
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. write a research report based on methods and data from a learning and/or memory study as provided, and adhering to American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Guide style.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Gluck, MA, Mercado, E & Myers, CE, 2016, Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior, 3rd edn, Worth, NY.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
Report30%
Exam: closed book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
Report30%
Exam: closed book50%
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