Introduction to Cognitive Science
Psych/Ling 3005/ Phil 3310/ CSCI 3702

Fall 2009

Albert Kim
Office Phone: 303-492-8616 (2-8616 from on-campus phones)
Office Hours: Albert Kim: Thursday 3:30-4:30 or by appt., MUEN D356B

Martha Palmer E-mail:
Office Phone: 303-492-1300 (2-1300 from on-campus phones)
Office Hours: Martha Palmer: Tuesday 1:30-2:30 and Wednesday 3:30-4:30, Hellems 295

Time and Location: Tue/Thur 11 - 12:15, MUEN D 428, ICS large conference room
Course Credit: 3 credit hours

Class Wiki

Theme: Welcome to Introduction to Cognitive Science.

Cognitive Science is inherently interdisciplinary. This course strengthens a student's ability to integrate methods and concepts outside his or her core discipline by enabling the student to interact with other Cognitive Science students from other core disciplines. Students will discuss, share knowledge, and gain expertise in the diverse content, issues, and practices that make up Cognitive Science, as they are introduced to core topics in Cognitive Science and work together on team projects.

Overview of Schedule

Aug 25 Introduction and Overview
Aug 27 - Sep 8 Symbolic Representations
Sep 10 - Sep 27 Human Sentence Processing
Sep 29 Exam 1 IN KOBL S127 (Business School)
Oct 1 - Oct 20 Semantic Representations and Machine Learning
Oct 22 - Nov 10 The Visual System
Nov 12 Exam 2 in EDUC 155
Nov 17 - Dec 10 (Nov 24/26 Thanksgiving) Student Project Presentations
Final Exam Slot - Sat, Dec 12, 7:30pm (no exam) Student Project Papers due 12/12 7:30pm
no penalty for papers arriving by Mon, Dec 14, 10am

Readings: We will depend primarily on supplementary readings which will be available from the class Wiki. They are divided into required and optional. Among the optional readings are chapters from Paul Thagard's text, Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science. The text is meant to provide background information on cognitive science, to supplement the lectures and to make the required readings more accessible.

Paul Thagard, Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science, MIT Press, 2005.
ISBN-10: 0-262-70109-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-70109-9

Class Wiki

Assessment: Several components will be taken into consideration in determining your grade.
Exams: There will be two in-class exams at approximately 5 week intervals, for 20% each.
Class Participation is 15%.
Project: A major component is an interdisciplinary team project based on the class readings. The first oral presentation of the project proposal is worth 10%. The second oral presentation of the finished project is worth 15%. The hard copy writeup of the finished project is also worth 20%.

Syllabus Statements:

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