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COGX101 – Delusions and Disorders of the Mind and Brain

2017 – S2 OUA

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Tutor
Amanda Killian
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Convenor
Lisi Beyersmann
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Unit description Unit description
This unit is designed to provide you with an understanding of the basic cognitive disorders and higher-level delusions that can arise either developmentally or as a result of brain injury. You will learn about the characteristic features of these disorders and delusions, and about how the patterns of symptoms displayed can be accounted for in terms of models of normal cognitive processing. Where relevant, you will be familiarised with theories about the underlying cases of the conditions, and with experimental investigations of the efficacy of particular treatments. Patterns of similarities and differences of conditions will be critically examined. Conditions covered include: dyslexia, specific language impairment (SLI), aphasia, amnesia, agnosia, synaesthesia, autism, auditory hallucination, delusion and schizophrenia. All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see www.open.edu.au

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.open.edu.au/student-admin-and-support/key-dates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. The ability to describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders; and to explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences.
  2. The ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions; and to critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective.
  3. The ability to integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

General Assessment Information

More Information about the Assignment (Research Report)

  • The research report should be submitted on TURNITIN. 
  • Assignments will be returned to students via iLearn. 
  • Late Penalty. Late submission of an assignment will attract a penalty of 10% of the maximum mark for every week that the assignment is late (or part of a week beyond the due date, or date to which an extension has been granted). Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to notify the University of a disruption to their studies and that requests for extensions for assignments must be made via the University’s Ask MQ System (as outlined in the Disruption to Studies Policy).
  • All requests for extensions should be made prior to the due date for the assignment.

More Information about the Formal Exam (End of the Semester)

  • The only exception to not take an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you must submit a request via the University’s Ask MQ System (as outlined in the Disruption to Studies Policy).

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Research Report 40% September 29th, 5pm
Formal Exam 40% Examination Period
Online Quizzes 15% Throughout semester
Participation 5% Throughout semester

Research Report

Due: September 29th, 5pm
Weighting: 40%

In this written assignment, you will critically evaluate a cognitive impairment in the context of a cognitive theory. Further information will be provided on iLearn. The report should be a maximum of 1,500 words. The word limit includes in-text referencing but does not include the reference list at the end, tables, figures and appendices.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • The ability to describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders; and to explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences.
  • The ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions; and to critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective.
  • The ability to integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

Formal Exam

Due: Examination Period
Weighting: 40%

The exam will include multiple choice questions and two short essay questions.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • The ability to describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders; and to explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences.
  • The ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions; and to critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective.

Online Quizzes

Due: Throughout semester
Weighting: 15%

The quizzes are low risk and will cover basic course content. Quizzes can be completed until the end of semester. However, we strongly encourage students to complete quizzes every week, because: a.  the quiz topics are related to the weekly lecture topics and b.  leaving the completion of quizzes until end of semester will increase your workload at a time when the final exam is due. Please note that your first attempt to complete each quiz is what counts towards your mark.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • The ability to describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders; and to explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences.

Participation

Due: Throughout semester
Weighting: 5%

This assessment will be marked according to your online activity participation (5%). Online participation includes posting your thoughts on the discussion forum under each topic.These online activities will contribute to your writing and critical thinking skills.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • The ability to describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders; and to explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences.
  • The ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions; and to critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective.
  • The ability to integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

Delivery and Resources

The lectures will be fully online via iLearn, with interactive activities, and each topic in the course will be delivered by experts in the field of cognitive science.

It is essential that students have adequate access to the internet as most of the course material and activities are accessed online in the form of:

  • Video interviews
  • Audio and video lectures
  • Unit readings (note that there is no prescribed textbook for this unit)
  • Online activities and quizzes
  • Online database research
  • Participation in online discussion forums

Access to a reasonably fast internet connection would be ideal, given the large amount of video content. Also, please note that in order to access Resources and Activities in your online unit, you will need a browser such as Firefox or Chrome. iLearn will operate on the following browsers, it is recommended that you upgrade your browser to the most recent version:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer 8 or later

Unit Schedule

Topic 1: Dyslexia 

Topic 2: Aphasia

Topic 3: Specific language Impairment

Topic 4: Autism

Topic 5: Amnesia

Topic 6: Synaesthesia

Topic 7: Agnosia

Topic 8: Delusions

Topic 9: Schizophrenia

Topic 10: Modelling Delusions Using Hypnosis

Topic 11: Disorders of the Self

Note that the lectures for all topics are fully online and are accessible through the relevant section on the iLearn page.

Policies and Procedures

Late Submission

Unless otherwise stated, late submission of written work will result in a deduction of 10% of the mark awarded for each week or part of a week beyond the due date, or date to which an extension has been granted.

Extension Request

Disruption to Studies Procedure (http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/procedure.html)

The University recognises that students may experience disruptions that adversely affect their academic performance in assessment activities.

The disruption to studies policy (http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html) applies only to serious and unavoidable disruptions that arise after a study period has commenced.

Serious and unavoidable disruption

The University classifies a disruption as serious and unavoidable if it:

  • could not have reasonably been anticipated, avoided or guarded against by the student; and
  • was beyond the student's control; and
  • caused substantial disruption to the student's capacity for effective study and/or completion of required work; and
  • occurred during an event critical study period and was at least three (3) consecutive days duration, and/or
  • prevented completion of a final examination.

If you feel that you've been impacted by a serious and unavoidable disruption to study situation, submit an application as follows:

  1. Visit Ask MQ (https://ask.mq.edu.au) and use your OneID to log in via 'Current student domestic and international'
  2. Under 'Forms' select 'disruptions' and fill in your relevant details.
  3. Attach supporting documents by clicking 'Add a reply', click 'browse' and navigating to the files you want to attach, then click 'submit form' to send your notification and supporting documents
  4. Please keep copies of your original documents, as they may be requested in the future as part of the assessment process

Review

Once your submission is assessed, recommendations are sent to your unit convenor to ensure an appropriate solution for affected assessment(s) is organised.

OUA Specific Policies and Procedures

OUA Special Circumstances Process

Special Circumstances refers to late withdrawal from a unit and your request to have your circumstances taken into account for a possible refund of fees and removal of a "fail" result.

Applications for Special Circumstances are to be submitted to Open Universities Australia directly:

https://www.open.edu.au/public/student-admin-and-support/student-support-services/special-circumstances

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

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Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • The ability to integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

Assessment task

  • Participation

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders; and to explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences.
  • The ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions; and to critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective.
  • The ability to integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

Assessment tasks

  • Research Report
  • Formal Exam
  • Online Quizzes
  • Participation

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions; and to critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective.
  • The ability to integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

Assessment tasks

  • Research Report
  • Participation

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • The ability to describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders; and to explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences.

Assessment tasks

  • Research Report
  • Participation

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders; and to explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences.
  • The ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions; and to critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective.
  • The ability to integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

Assessment tasks

  • Research Report
  • Formal Exam
  • Online Quizzes
  • Participation

Changes since First Published

Date Description
17/08/2017 Amendment of unit schedule (week 6 and 7)
01/08/2017 removed 2 references to tutorials