Fall 2019 - COGS 100 D100

Exploring the Mind (3)

Class Number: 10132

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Open to all students. Students with credit for COGS 200 may not take COGS 100 for further credit.



This course provides a basic integrative overview of how cognitive science aspires to integrate the empirical findings, theories, and methods of psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computing science and philosophy. Breadth-Hum/Social Sci/Science.


What this course covers

The study of the mind is called Cognitive Science. It is interdisciplinary and involves techniques and perspectives from Psychology, Computing Science, Philosophy, Linguistics and related disciplines. The main themes of the course are:

1- Where and why our intuitions about minds go wrong.
2- Scientific approaches to understanding the mind.

Most students find that this course is really interesting. It is about minds, and everyone has one of those, so the topic is something to which everyone can relate. Also, I do not emphasize memorization, which is refreshing for many students.


  • Assignments: 15%
  • 8 Mastery Tests (pass-fail; multiple attempts): 72%
  • Final Cumulative Test (on last day of class): 13%
  • no final exam
  • Course grades are not curved, and an A is achievable by all students.


The course provides a team-like learning environment. Students are expected to learn 100% of material, and to follow detailed study guides.

Registrar Notes:

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