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PSYC8008 - Concept Acquisition

Title:Concept Acquisition
Long Title: Concept Acquisition
Module Code:PSYC8008
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Psychology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DON CROWLEY
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Module Description: In this module advanced concepts of learning such as concept acquisition and modification and their relevance for the training and development sector of HRM are discussed
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the fundamental concept-acquisition processes and their neuroscientistic foundations
LO2 Apply concept-acquisition to learning in general
LO3 Critically evaluate cognitive learning theories
LO4 Discuss basic brain functions such as the role of the dorsolateral, prefrontal cortex in the development of memory
LO5 Utilize knowledge to modernize existing training concepts in HRM
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Concept Acquisition
Based on works of S. Carey, J. Piaget and W.v.O. Quine Object Persistence, Memory and Concept Acquisition will be discussed.
Cognitive Learning
Cognitive learning as modification of advanced concepts will be contrasted with sensor-motor ability training.
Brain Functions
The role of the dorsolateral, pre-frontal cortex as well as general cortex functions in relation to cognition and object persistence as fundamental for learning processes will be discussed.
Apply Concept Acquisition to modern training methods.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Individuation and Identity of Objects: Object Permanence and Pattern Recognition,cognitive rehearsal and semantic encoding,cognitive learning theories 1,2,3,4 50.0 Week 7
Essay Concept Acquisition as fundamental training parameter,effective knowledge transfer in training. 2,4,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Students should supplement lecture content with independent study and reading 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classic Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) independent study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Susan Carey 2009, The origin of concepts, 1st Ed., 1,2,3, Oxford University Press NY [ISBN: 0195367634]
  • Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, 1st Ed., All, Vintage [ISBN: 0307275175]
  • edited by William Demopoulos, Ausonio Marras 1986, Language learning and concept acquisition, 1st Ed., all, Ablex Pub. Corp. Norwood, N.J. [ISBN: 0893913162]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Steven Sloman, 2009, Causal Models: How people think about the world and its alternatives, 1st Ed., All, Oxford University Press NY [ISBN: 0-19-539429-1]
  • W. V. Quine 1973, The roots of reference, 1st Ed., All, Open Court LaSalle, Ill. [ISBN: 978-0875481234]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BHRMN_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Human Resource Management 8 Elective

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