Courses

COGS 200 – Introduction to Cognitive Systems

From the UBC Academic Calendar:

Interdisciplinary examination of human mental processes and how these are mediated by the brain. Will draw on cognitive psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, artificial intelligence.

COGS 200 is the introductory course in Cognitive Systems. It serves two purposes for students interested in COGS. First, students are introduced to a sample of the issues commonly encountered in the study of cognition. This instruction is performed from the perspective of each of the constituent disciplines (computer science, linguistics, philosophy and psychology) with the aim of demonstrating the strengths and failings of each approach. Second, students are trained to think beyond disciplinary boundaries in order to integrate the material they have learned with further investigations of cognition and intelligence. This course has a strong teamwork component; there is no additional lab or tutorial. COGS 200 is team-taught by instructors from the four constituent disciplines.


COGS 300 – Understanding and Designing Cognitive Systems

From the UBC Academic Calendar:

Theory and methods for integrating diverse disciplinary content in cognitive systems.

From the COGS 300 syllabus:

The goals of COGS 300 are 1) to give you an appreciation of key theoretical and methodological issues needed to integrate the multiple disciplinary perspectives of the COGS Program, and 2) to provide you with opportunities to practice synthesizing and applying the concepts encountered in COGS related courses.


COGS 303 – Research Methods in Cognitive Systems

From the UBC Academic Calendar:

Examination and comparison of the research methodologies of different disciplines relevant to cognitive systems.

From the COGS 303 syllabus:

The goal of this course is to teach you how to think more effectively. It covers the skills and principles common to all forms of investigative analysis and research in the core areas of Cognitive Systems. It connects these to the contents of specialized courses (e.g. statistics), ideas about the discovery of knowledge (e.g., philosophy of science), and knowledge about human cognition and perception. There is also a strong emphasis on developing meta-skills such as critical thinking and effective communication, which are important not only in scientific research and analytic investigation of various kinds, but also in many aspects of everyday life.


COGS 401 – Seminar in Cognitive Systems

From the UBC Academic Calendar:

Interdisciplinary seminar integrating theory, methods, and current research topics.

From the COGS 401 syllabuses:

This seminar-format course is aimed at exposing advanced undergraduates (and some others) to the work of active researchers in cognitive systems here at UBC and elsewhere. Students have the opportunity to consider and discuss critically the conceptual frameworks, methods, results, and broader implications of current research as well as their commercial applications.


COGS 402 – Research in Cognitive Systems

From the UBC Academic Calendar:

Supervised research project in a Cognitive Systems-related laboratory.

From the COGS 402 outline:

In order to gain first-hand experience with interdisciplinary research students will work in a UBC laboratory in collaboration with Cognitive Systems program. Guidance is provided in the selection, development, and execution of a manageable project in basic or applied research. Possible projects span a wide range of areas, such as designing effective visual displays, developing virtual reality systems, designing speech synthesis systems, understanding unconscious perception, investigating limits on the perception of computer animation, designing human-like avatars, and developing effective teleoperation systems for a variety of conditions.

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