HUM-432 / 3 crédits

Enseignant: Tormey Roland John

Langue: Anglais


The students will understand the factors which affect learning - particularly in science and engineering. They will understand how cognitive and social factors influence what and how people learn and how they use what they learn.



Learning Sciences, Education, Social and Behavioural Science Research, Interdisciplinary Studies

POLY-perspective :

  • global perspective
  • citizen perspective

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Define the concept of learning, highlighting a range of definitions and their implications for the study of learning
  • Describe the way in which information is processed and memories formed in humans, referring to Attention, Working Memory, Long Term Memory and related concepts
  • Describe the role of individual differences (Intelligences, Personality, Approaches to Learning) in accounting for learning
  • Describe the role of motivation, emotion and emotional self-regulation in relation to learning
  • Describe the role of micro-social factors (interaction with teachers, peers and others) in accounting for learning
  • Identify examples of how macro social factors (social class, policy and institutional factors etc.) impact upon the learning of different social groups
  • Apply this knowledge to understand real-life learning situations
  • Apply research design principles to design a piece of survey or experimental research
  • Integrate psychological and social perspectives in studying learning
  • Design a survey or an experiment to study learning

Transversal skills

  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Assess one's own level of skill acquisition, and plan their on-going learning goals.
  • Take account of the social and human dimensions of the engineering profession.

Teaching methods

First semester: lectures; labs;discussion of readings

Expected student activities

Attendance in lectures and participation in in-lecture discussions; Participation in research labs; Reading of assigned materials and discussion of readings; Communicating in oral or electronic form

Assessment methods

20% Group research project proposal

80% Exam


Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others Forum for discussion in Moodle



- Bransford et al. (2000) How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School. Washington D.C.: National Academy Press.

- Illeris, K. (2009) Contempory Theories of Learning; learning theorists ... in the own words. London: Routledge.

- Jarvis, P. et al. (2003) The Theory and Practice of Learning, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge.

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

How People Learn II (HUM-433)

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: How people learn I
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence