University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

PHIL 2030 - Cognitive Science: Minds, Brains & Computers

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: PHIL 2013 or PHIL 3013
Assessment: Two essays (2500 words each) 50% each

Cognitive Science is a multi-disciplinary enterprise that seeks to explain human intelligence and behaviour by drawing together the insights from psychology, computer science, neuroscience, and philosophy. This course is an introduction to the philosophical and theoretical foundations of this field. Topics will include the computational model of the mind, classical (digital) and connectionist (analog) approaches to cognition, embodied and extended cognition, dynamical systems theory, and predictive coding models of perception. While there will be discussion of computation and computational accounts of cognition, the course is introductory and does not assume a background in computing or mathematics.

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 08/08/2022 Wed 17/08/2022 Fri 16/09/2022 Fri 28/10/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
29245 LEC0 80 21 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Note: This lecture is pre-recorded and can be viewed any time after publication in MyUni. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
23227 WR02 10 1 25 Jul - 12 Sep Monday 11am - 1pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
3 Oct - 24 Oct Monday 11am - 1pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
23575 WR01 80 30 25 Jul - 12 Sep Monday 11am - 1pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
3 Oct - 24 Oct Monday 11am - 1pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room