Undergraduate Course: Human Communication 1 (INFR08006)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course is designed to introduce and provide examples of current problems, research issues and methods employed in understanding human communication. A set of communication phenomena (e.g. humour, ambiguity, non-verbal communication,
tutorial dialogue) will be introduced and considered through a variety of methods, including participant observation, psychological experiments, introduction to corpus analysis, grammatical description and logical analysis. Examples and learning material used for this course will come from topical research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - Demonstrate knowledge of the communication phenomena presented from contrasting disciplinary perspectives covered in this course by describing them.
2 - Describe examples that illustrate ambiguity and other difficulties in human communication.
3 - Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of computational models of communication, as illustrated by the examples covered in the course.
4 - Describe the relationship between human communication and formal models of communication used in current technology.
5 - Demonstrate an understanding of methodologies used in
research in human communication by designing and carrying out a simple empirical study.
6 - Demonstrate and understanding of the relation between models and experimental data by describing how such data may be used in modelling example communication phenomena.
7 - Demonstrate the use of simple techniques for analysing communication by applying them to example interactions.
|Written Examination 75|
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0
The assessed coursework consists of three written assignments which cover material from the tutorials and the lectures. They carry equal weight.
If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
||A number of communication phenomena considered in this course. Each will be used to introduce issues in communication, from the perspective of the various disciplines. These disciplines will include Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Human-Computer Interaction, Computational Linguistics, Psychology and Philosophy.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Not yet available
||Stenning, Lascarides and Calder (2006), Introduction to Cognition and Communication, MIT Press
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 40
Private Study/Other 122
|Course organiser||Dr John Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 4420
|Course secretary||Ms Kendal Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 5194