Fall 2021 - COGS 110 D200

Learning in Everyday Life: The Art and Science of Hacking your Brain (3)

Class Number: 2662

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

    Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby



An introduction to learning and decision-making in everyday life. Projects in this course piggyback on each student's other coursework or outside interests and so are directly relevant to their personal circumstances. This course gives students the knowledge necessary to make any learning situation easier and more fun. Breadth-Hum/Social Sci/Science.


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. This course focuses on the cognitive science of learning and decision-making, from the low-level properties of the brain’s neural networks to the high-level cultural factors that shape our view of expert performers. A variety of topics related to learning will be covered, including motivation, the procrastination, memory, and expertise. The focus is always on concrete applications: how to overcome the learning challenges we face in daily life. Overall, the goal of Cogs 110 Learning to Learn is to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to make any learning situation easier and more fun.


  • 3 Assignments: 21%
  • 8 Mastery Tests (pass-fail; multiple attempts): 64%
  • Final Cumulative Test (on last day of class): 15%
  • 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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.