FACULTY OF COGNITIVE SCIENCES AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. - Thomas A. Edison

Niche Areas

In terms of research, the Faculty has identified seven main areas, namely human factors, intelligent systems, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, learning sciences, philosophy of mind, and linguistics under the Cognitive Science area. Another area is Human Resource Development which centres on organisational development, career development, training and development, and human resource practices. Counselling, involves research into organisational counselling, family counselling, mental health counselling, and rehabilitation counselling.

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Psychology @ FSKPM - It’s all in the mind. The Cognitive Psychology Group @FSKPM strives to uncover the secrets of human performance and resilience by exploring the nature and dynamics of human mind and its processes. A multi-disciplinary approach to studying human mind and its processing is utilized. Cognitive Psychology perspective is heavily utilized to understand how humans process their environment, create the best solutions for their problems, and adapt to multitudes of life challenges. Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on studying the biological nature and processes of the brain that empower the mind to create and invent solutions. Philosophy of Mind is utilized to debate and build philosophical understanding of the ultimate nature of the mind and the workings of consciousness, and the connection of the mind to that of the soul, that remain the greatest unresolved mysteries. Our focus is one, to uncover the various good ways the mind works, to enhance performance and resiliency, for people to achieve the best at work, and be the best they can be, in life.

Human Factors @ FSKPM - Designing for the mind. This group approaches work performance from the Human-Product Interaction and Usability Engineering perspective. Multidisciplinary approach is used to study and increase usability, effectiveness, safety and comfort issues in products, machines and environment in relations to human users’ cognitive, psychological and social strengths and weaknesses. Scope of study ranges from human-product interaction in simple technologies such as a mobile phone, to complex, high-risk work environment such as a fully automated manufacturing system. Strategies for reduction of human errors are also studied. Cultural and Social Issues are heavily utilized in studies involving the design and development of applications meant for universal communities. Research also in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). The AR & VR team, on the other hand, explores and investigates the feasibility and potentials of AR & VR technologies in a range of real world environments. Current research explore and investigate the feasibility of such technologies in the context of intelligent AR real-time detection and tracking system, AR holographic system, mobile AR system, knowledge-based VR/AR for education, training, games, exhibitions, museums, tourism, and etc. The team also works on multi-user VR/AR which concentrated fully on synchronous collaboration, using same-time and same-place distribution of information. The extension of communication to include different-place and different-time sharing of information so that a number of new collaborative interactions are enabled is driven by two major aspects: social communication and the freedom to maintain individuality in a real private space.

Intelligent System @ FSKPM - Emulating & Enhancing Intelligence. Research endeavours of this group focus on developing innovative tools and systems in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The AI team in the faculty focuses on computational approaches for knowledge representation and modelling. Current research works of the team focus on innovations in the area of Machine Learning, Decision Making and Decision Support, Knowledge Based System, Visual Perception & Computer Vision, Artificial Neural Networks, and Recommendation System. The research covers fundamental algorithms and also application in many fields such as bioinformatics, visualization, brain computer interface, cognitive psychology, counselling and etc.

Learning Sciences @ FSKPM – Scaffolding for Meaningful Learning. The Learning Sciences group is committed towards promoting instructional practices grounded on the scientific understanding of how humans learn. Research interest of the group primarily centers on understanding the complexities of human learning – how it takes place in a variety of formal and informal real life settings, and how it can be improved and better scaffolded. Research strands of the group include investigation of factors elemental to the design of effective learning environments, the potentials of emerging technologies to scaffold for meaningful learning, and the issues, problems or challenges to learning from a multitude of perspectives, such as cognitive science, socio-cultural studies, and educational psychology.

Human Resource Development

Training and Development Training and development is one of important functions of human resource development (HRD) aimed at improving the performance of individuals and group of employees in organizational setting. Training refers to a planned effort by an organization to facilitate employees’ learning of job related competencies. It constitutes a program of learning which is properly design to upgrade knowledge, skills experience, competencies, expertise and the job performance of staff. The current research works on training and development focus on the following areas such as strategic training, needs assessment, program design, transfer of training, training evaluation, E-learning and the use of technology in training, new technologies and training delivery, training for virtual work, multiple delivery method, best practices model of training and development and training and performance support.

Organizational Development Organizational development is an evolving discipline that draws on knowledge and methods from the behavioral sciences that is concerned with the performance, development, and effectiveness of human organizations. Its primary emphasis is on relationships and processes between and among individuals and groups. Organizational development also encompasses the overall performance of the organization, its effectiveness, structure, and internal and external system impacts. Thus this particular field covers on topics that include change process and implementation theories, model of change and organization intervention strategies. In overall, organizational development is the field of study and practice that focuses on various aspects of organizational life, aspects that include culture, values, systems and behaviour.

Career Development Career development is usually accepted as one of the three areas of practice for HRD. Although career development has been seemingly overshadowed by research and discourse addressing other aspects of HRD, there are strong arguments for increasing the relevance of career development to the field of HRD. The idea of career development may seem at odds with many current workplace issues such as high unemployment rates, job losses due to workplace reductions, changing nature of employment contracts. However, career development theories that describe adult career development are important contributions to HRD practice because they describe adult progressions through work roles. At the Faculty, career development research focuses on exploring the changing nature of employment contracts, the nature of career success, career development models for women as well as other career development concepts such as career motivation, post corporate careers and the influence of diversity in organizations on careers.

Human Resource Practices This area focuses on the modern human resource practices (HRP) in organizations and its effect on individual employees towards organizational performance. It include a variety of HR activities with specific attention given to the following areas – strategies to improve organizational performance, performance evaluation, recruitment practices that bring about the selection of excellent and talented staff, compensation and benefits management, employee performance management, succession planning, occupational safety and health management, and human resource information system. Research on HR practices could encompasses on linkages between HR strategy and business strategy, recruitment and selection and training and development practices towards organizational performance, organizational occupational safety and health processes, HR practices in private and public sector, compensations and benefits management, employability issues and barriers to effective implementation of HR practices.

Publications

Papers

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  • FCSHD Papers
Journals

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Books

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  • FCSHD Books
Online Media

Collection of Online Media published by the Faculty's members are also available in each of the areas listed.

  • FCSHD Online Media

Funding Grants Scheme

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FRGS - 80 Projects
ERGS - 37 Projects
PRGS - 58 Projects
LRGS - 22 Projects
eScience - 5 Projects