Intro. to Mathematical Psychology 3

Subject 512-395 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, 12 hours of laboratory classes. [Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours.]
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 512-220 and 620-141 (or equivalent)
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Paul Dudgeon
Subject Overview: This subject introduces mathematical modelling of psychological phenomena. It reviews the role of quantification in the development of psychology and provides a broad overview of contemporary mathematical approaches to the representation of psychological phenomena. In addition, the modelling of a number of specific psychological phenomena is examined in depth. In-depth topics will be selected from psychophysics; the foundations of psychological measurement; models for response times; models for memory and attentional processes; judgement and decision-making models; models for motor control; computational models for cognitive processes; psychological scaling and latent variable models; and mathematical models for social and organisational processes.
Assessment: A written report of no more than 2000 words (50%), and an examination of no more than two hours (50%).Each piece of assessment must be completed (hurdle requirement).Attendance at 80% or more of practical classes is a hurdle requiremnt. (In case of failure to meet the hurdle requiremnt, additional equivalent practical work will be required before a passing grade can be awarded.)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students should be able to: critically evaluate the application of mathematical models in applied and theoretical contexts; more clearly communicate the application of mathematical methods to applied problems; identify and solve research problems amenable to mathematical representation.

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