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Undergraduate Course: The Computational Mind (PHIL10134)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPhilosophy Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides an introduction to a series of recent foundational philosophical questions concerning computational explanations of the mind. Questions include whether such models are realist (do they provide an objective explanation of mental phenomena?), the relationship between computation and representation, and the relationship between computational explanation and internalism/externalism about the mind. Students will also gain a lively appreciation of how these issues play out with real-world examples of computational explanation in psychology and cognitive neuroscience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)
Students MUST have passed:
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 7, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 167 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  5
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To develop further the philosophical skills, and to extend as well as deepen the philosophical knowledge, acquired in previous philosophy courses.
Assessment Information
1. End of semester essay 2,500 words (worth 80%),

2. Online weekly web discussion participation (worth 20%).
(Please see the Course Guide for more information.)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Mark Sprevak
Tel:
Email: msprevak@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Susan Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
Email: sue.richards@ed.ac.uk
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