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COG2113 - Development of Thought and Action

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Catherine Haigh


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The development of human cognitive, linguistic, and motor processes will be examined from a chronological and biological perspective, and in relation to interactions with the environment. Some issues will include whether artificial intelligence may benefit from similar stages of development, and whether consciousness is an emergent developmental process that may be programmed in a non-human system.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:
demonstrate an understanding of developmental stages of cognitive, linguistic and motor skills in humans; theorise on the nature of "developmental processes" in artificial intelligence systems including robots; critically examine relevant literature in the development of human and machine thought; communicate effectively through written reports.


Research report (1000 words): 20%
Essay (1500 words): 30%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

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


COG1111 or PSS1711 and COG1112


BHS1712, PSS1712, PSY2031