Summer 2023 - COGS 110 D100

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

Class Number: 3190

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

    Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Shawn Tan
    Office: RCB 8208
    Office Hours: Tuesday 1pm to 2pm



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.


An Introduction to the study of learning
Introduces the challenges of learning
Solutions based on evidence in the cognitive and educational sciences to address the challenges of learning.

Students will practice questions and be assessed based on the following objectives:
1. learn and understand the terms used in learning with the aid of cue cards
2. Apply quantitative and qualitative reasoning based on principles and concepts taught in the course
3, describe and Interpret graphs and figures in the context of learning
4. Identify, integrate and apply the concepts and principles taught in the course to situations from everyday life


  • 6 Mastery Quizzes: 60%
  • Cumulative Test 1: 15%
  • Cumulative Test 2: 25%



There is no textbooks required for this course.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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.