COMP47230 Introduction to Cognitive Scie

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module will provide a very broad brush overview of topics in cognitive science. Topics covered will include something of the history of the sciences of mind, various approaches to perception and action, language, reasoning, social cognition, and consciousness. It will strive to present multiple theoretical approaches that complement, and sometimes contradict, one another.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this module, students should be able to recognize the theoretical alternatives in approaching foundational issues in the study of experience and behavior. They should recognize and articulate the main commitments, advantages, and drawbacks of the information processing and embodied schools of cognitive science, and they should be capable of engaging with contemporary scientific literature addressing such issues from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture attendance is the primary requirement. Each topic comes with additional required reading. Further reading that can be pursued ad libitum is also provided. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

This module is principally aimed at students within the cognitive science programme at UCD, and serves to ensure that students with a broad range of undergraduate specializations are provided with an appropriate and broad foundation in cognitive science.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Collection of focussed papers with associated comments Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: Topical essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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?

Written feedback to each student for each essay will be provided in a timely manner.

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) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 11:00 - 12:50