COMP20090 Introduction to Cognitive Science

Academic Year 2022/2023

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary effort to uncover the relationships between brains, minds, and behaviour. This 12 week module will provide a selective look into a number of topics which are central to Cognitive Science. Starting with a historical overview of these relationships, the module will go on to look at topics in the study of language, learning, perception, action, and consciousness. Each topic will be addressed from a variety of theoretical standpoints. In addition, the module will serve as a sampling of the material available through the taught masters programme in cognitive science.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On competion of this module, the student will be appraised of the status of cognitive science and how it relates to its individual contributing disciplines. Students will be familiar with multidisciplinary efforts to characterize perception, action, reasoning, language, and other topics central to cognitive science. They will be familiar with contentious issues in cognitive science, including representation, innateness, modularity, and embodiment. They will have an enhanced critical understanding of the role and significance of behavioral and neuroscientific data and their relation to the person.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture material is essential in this module, and will be provided as short videos through BrightSpace. In addition to lectures, students are required to complete selected readings on each of the topics covered.. Students are encouraged to read more broadly around those topics that interest them and additional resources are provided to encourage this. All reading materials will be provided through BrightSpace. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 1,500 word personal reflection on themes from the topics "perception" or "language" Week 7 n/a Graded No


Essay: 3,000 word essay drawing from both course material and your own experience Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Exam grades will be communicated in a timely fashion

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 10:00 - 10:50