Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

COMP47230 Introduction to Cognitive Scie

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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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.  
Item Workload


Autonomous Student Learning




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Essay: Topical essay


Coursework (End of Semester)
Portfolio: Collection of focussed papers with associated comments


Coursework (End of Semester)


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

End of Semester Exam

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


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

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Equivalent Modules

Prior Learning

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.
Curricular information is subject to change