Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

COMP40270 Cognitive Modelling

Cognitive modeling is an area of research that deals with simulating human problem solving and mental processes in a computerized model. Such a model can be used to simulate or predict human behavior or performance on tasks similar to the ones modeled. In this module we willl describe a number of different approaches to cognitive modelling, particularly focusing on models in the area of conceptual representation, semantics, and language. As part of this module tudents will develop a cognitive model for some process in this area and test this model against experimental data.

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The module comprises one two-hour lecture per week for one semester. This module is typically offered in the second semester, but this is subject to change from one year to the next. There will be 12 two-hour lectures in total. Students will spend a significant amount of time in self-directed reading and on developing their own cognitive models, as well as in lectures.  
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Autonomous Student Learning




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Assignment: cognitive modelling assignment


Varies over the Semester
Essay: cognitive modelling essay


Varies over the Semester


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


If you fail this module you may repeat, resit or substitute where permissible

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Curricular information is subject to change