Postgraduate Course: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (INFR11036)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||In this course we study computational approaches to understanding cognitive processes, using massively parallel networks. We study biologically-inspired learning rules for connectionist networks, and their application in connectionist models of perception, memory and language.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
Some background in statistics, and calculus. Background in linear algebra and programming in Matlab is desirable.
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: No
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 15,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - Describe a cognitive architecture of the brain.
2 - Contrast the applicability of several connectionist learning rules.
3 - Understand the limitation of current connectionist models.
4 - Design a simple computational model of a cognitive process and relate it to the literature and understand the underlyng assumptions.
5 - Write a simple memory model in PDP++
|Written Examination 0|
Assessed Assignments 100
Oral Presentations 0
The course is assessed by four assignments and a report.
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.
||*Encoding Information in populations of neurons.
*Decoding Information from populations of neurons.
*Models of Neurons and Networks of Neurons.
*Information transmission and Attention.
*Models of Learning and Plasticity.
*Models of Memory.
*Models of Decision Making.
*Models of Mental disorders.
*The Bayesian Brain.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Artificial Intelligence
||Computational Modelling in Cognition: Principles and Practice by Stephen Lewandowsky and Simon Farrell, Sage 2011
Timetabled Laboratories 15
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 40
Private Study/Other 30
|Course organiser||Dr Iain Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 9078
|Course secretary||Ms Katey Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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