This information is for students enrolled, or potentially enrolled, in COMP 40380: Topics in Cognitive Science.
This is a 12 week module, with group seminar sessions on Mondays, 11 to 1, in B1.08, on the first floor of the Computer Science building. Group seminar sessions are oportunities for discussion. They are not lectures. All participants will be required to lead discussion based on readings at some point during the semester. All participants are required to read specific material before we meet. Discussion leaders may be required to read beyond the core readings and to present summaries, in order to contextualize the core readings. Core readings will be decided upon collectively as the module progresses.
Participants will together create a group blog to which everybody will be expected to contribute. You will publish a fixed number of blog posts between January and May. These blog posts are professional contributions, and will be available for the general public to read. Posts are not anonymous either, so some considerable care and attention will be in order. Participants are strongly encouraged to read all blog posts, and to partake in discussion in the form of respectful comments to the posts. Some of this discussion may flow over into group sessions. Some guidance about blog posting will be provided in the first week. Participants are also encouraged to read other blogs with a high degree of professionalism. Some background tips and reading about academic blogging are provided at the UCD Academic Blogging page.
Evaluation will be based on group participation and blog posting. There will be no examination. A selection of readings for consideration is already available. This will be added to over the course of the semester. This will faciliate the establishment of a collective bibliography organized around the topics of the module.
A sample course outline for 2010 is provided here.
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