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COG2112 - Cognition and Learning

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dianne Wuillemin


Not offered in 2007


Mental processes ranging from simple associative learning through to complex reasoning are examined in human and artificial systems. The potential for neural networks to mimic human mental processes is examined. Encoding, storage and retrieval of information are considered, as are the roles of conscious and unconscious processing. Animal thought is examined across a range of species and the role and representation of emotion in cognitive processes is studied.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:
demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in the areas of memory, attention, learning and reasoning in humans; draw together information from a variety of sources and apply principles of human cognitive processing to machine systems; communicate effectively by writing clear, concise reports.


One literature review (1500 words): 25%
One laboratory report (1000 words): 25%
One examination (two hours): 50%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour laboratory) per week


COG1111 or PSS1711 and COG1112