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Stephen J Ross
TPSYCH 471
Tacoma Campus

Applied Issues in Cognition

Examines cognitive issues in applied settings, such as the workplace and education. Topics include such issues as attention, expertise, problem solving, decision-making, human error, automation, navigation, and individual differences. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either TPSYCH 209 or TPSYCH 330.

Class description

This course will evaluate how cognitive psychology can be used to address real-world issues across a variety of contexts and professions. The course will provide both a brief discussion of basic cognitive processes as well as a more extensive focus on how these processes influence performance in everyday activities and various professions. Specific topics to be discussed will be determined through class discussion during the first week of the term; however, application areas may include aviation, business, education, health/medicine, law/criminal justice, and sports/health.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course is structured similar to a graduate seminar. Students will be expected to complete readings each week and to actively participate in class discussions. In addition, students will be required to develop a research proposal addressing an issue of their choice within applied cognition.

Recommended preparation

Given the focus on research in the areas of applied cognition and the development of a research proposal as part of this course, TPSYCH 330 is a required prerequisite. Additionally, students that have completed TPSYCH 250 (Human Cognition), TPSYCH 350 (Human Memory), and/or TPSYCH 352 (Judgment & Decision Making) may be better prepared to discuss this material. However, students can succeed in this course without having completed these other courses.

Class assignments and grading

This course will NOT use traditional examinations. Rather, student performance in the course will be evaluated through in-class writing assignments/reaction essays, a written take-home midterm, participation in class discussions, and the development/presentation of a research proposal.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stephen J Ross
Date: 11/26/2013