180110 VO Cognitive Science - Introduction and Basic Concepts (2021W)
As the exact number of participating students is not known yet, it is still open whether this course will be offered in presence or online.
If you are registered for this course, you will be informed about the teaching modalities via mail in time.
In any case, the dates/times below remain the same.
Please take a look at the associated Moodle Course for all information concerning the shift to online learning for this course (online learning tools, etc.)!
This course will be given as an online course. The dates and times remain the same as described below!
You can find all information (logins, slides, Zoom-link, etc.) in the associated Moodle Course.
Dates, times & locations:
Fri Oct 1, 2021 | 13.00 - 19h | HS 2i (NIG, Universitäststrasse 7, 2nd floor) | https://goo.gl/maps/zexCfcuDbJJtQjmz7
Introduction & Community Building (first meeting/Vorbesprechung)
This unit is open only to MEi:CogSci students!
Mo Oct 4, 2021 | 9 – 11h | HS 2i (NIG, Universitäststrasse 7, 2nd floor)
Presentation of MEi:CogSci courses and Mentoring
This unit is open only to MEi:CogSci students (and students who are interested in other courses offered by the MEi:CogSci program)!
Mo Oct 4, 2021 | 11–13h | HS 2i (NIG, Universitäststrasse 7, 2nd floor)
Introduction: What is Cognitive Science? (+ first meeting/Vorbesprechung)
This unit is open to all students
Mo Oct 11, 2021 | 9–13h | HS 2i (NIG, Universitäststrasse 7, 2nd floor)
Approaches and Paradigms in Cognitive Science I
Cognitivist/Symbolic/propositional approach to cognition, Physical Symbol Systems Hypothesis (PSSH)
Mo Oct 18, 2021 | 9–13h | HS 2i (NIG, Universitäststrasse 7, 2nd floor)
Approaches and Paradigms in Cognitive Science II
Neural computation/networks, computational neuroscience, and connectionism
Basic concepts: Spreading activations, learning, subsymbolic representation
Mo Oct 25, 2021 | 9–13h | HS 2i (NIG, Universitäststrasse 7, 2nd floor)
Approaches and Paradigms in Cognitive Science III
Dynamical systems approach to cognition
Embodied cognition/knowledge, situated cognition, Artificial Life
Mo Nov 8, 2021 | 9–13h | HS 2i (NIG, Universitäststrasse 7, 2nd floor)
Approaches and Paradigms in Cognitive Science IV
Recent developments in Cognitive Science, 4E approaches & Philosophy of Science/Epistemological Foundations of Cognitive Science
Embedded & extended cognition, Enactivism, artifacts and cultural cognition
* You have to *register* for this course via https://uspace.univie.ac.at/ | Otherwise we cannot issue a grade and you will not have access to the Moodle Platform. Further information about the registration period can be found in the description of this course and here: https://ssc-phil.univie.ac.at/en/
* It is highly recommended to combine this course with the course „Cognitive Science Peer Teaching Course KU“ for all students of the MEi:CogSci program and for those who want to deepen their knowledge in Cognitive Science.
* By registering for this course, you agree that the automated plagiarism check software Turnitin will check all written (partial) performances and exams submitted by you (via Moodle).
* For further information see http://www.univie.ac.at/knowledge/peschl/
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
The examination of this course will be in the form of an online "take-home exam"
You can find the examination dates/times and all information about the examination procedure/modalities in the examination dates section of this course.
You have to register for the examination via https://uspace.univie.ac.at/ before the respective deadlines for exam registration! Otherwise you will not receive a grade for this exam.For further information see below
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
On the published date/time of the examination you will receive the questions via mail (if you are registered for this exam)
After 24h, at the latest, you will have to turn in your exam via the exam submission section in the Moodle Course of this course.You have 24 hours to work on the questions at home.
As this is an open-book exam, you may use all (re)sources that are available to you (except your colleagues).
- You are expected to produce a paper in the form of a short scientific paper (arguments, references, etc.) for 3 questions.
- As you may use all (re)sources and this exam offers plenty of time to work for you, we expect high quality papers in which you do not repeat/copy existing material; rather, you are expected to make your own point and argument and express you own standpoint with respect to the question.
- Use of scientific references.
- The exam has to be written in English.
- Quality of arguments.
- Consideration of your background discipline.
- Interdisciplinarity.* You have to register for the chosen examination date via U:SPACE https://uspace.univie.ac.at/ before the registration deadline of the respective examination date! Otherwise you will not receive a grade for this exam.
* If you do not have the necessary technical infrastructure (computer, internet access, etc.) to take the exam, please inform the course instructor at least 2 weeks before the exam date.
* By registering for this course, you agree that the automated plagiarism check software Turnitin will check all written (partial) performances and/or exams submitted by you (in Moodle).
The slides for this lecture will be provided on the Moodle Platform.
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