Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Cognitive Science (PPLS08002)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces students to Cognitive Science, a field at the intersection of several disciplines including philosophy, psychology, linguistics, anthropology, computer science, human-computer interaction, and neuroscience.
This course introduces students to the study of Cognitive Science as the intersection of an array of interrelated disciplines including philosophy, psychology, linguistics, anthropology, computer science, human-computer interaction, and neuroscience.
Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary effort to uncover the relationships between brains, minds, computation, and behaviour. The course combines a high-level perspective on key questions that the field of Cognitive Science aims to address along with a nuts-and-bolts training in computational skills that will serve as a necessary foundation for future courses in PPLS and Informatics.
Classes and assignments will cover topics in areas such as language, learning, perception, action, and thought. Students will receive hands-on training in the transferable skills of computer programming.
Each week are 2 hours of lectures (Tuesday/Thursday 11-12noon) and tutor-run labs on Wednesday & Friday from 1-2pm commencing on Friday 25 September in the Basement Concourse, Psychology, 7 George Square.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Reading responses (2): 30%
Maximum length 500 words
Programming assignments (2): 30%
Maximum length 500 words
The reading responses will be short essays to help students understand primary questions in Cognitive Science. They will also provide an opportunity for writing practice and feedback.
The programming assignments will be practical coding tasks to help students become familiar with the syntax of the programming language and the process of writing code, testing, and debugging.
||2 events; one in lab after first programming assignment is marked; one in lecture after first reading response is marked
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Introduction to Cognitive Science||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the themes and questions encompassed by Cognitive Science across a variety of disciplines
- Evaluate recent findings in Cognitive Science to identify how they inform long-standing debates in the field
- Be able to discuss and appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of Cognitive Science
- Implement concrete tasks in a computer programming language to acquire the transferable skill of writing, testing, and amending computer code
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Class Quota - 30 students maximum
|Course organiser||Dr Hannah Rohde
Tel: (0131 6)50 6802
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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