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PSYC 400 : Introduction to Cognitive Science

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Introduction to Cognitive Science
This course is an introduction to the science of the mind from the perspective of cognitive psychology, this course is a study of linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, and artificial intelligence. The focus is on the similarities and differences in the approaches taken by researchers in their study of cognitive mechanisms in these different fields. Issues to be addressed include: What does it mean to be able to think? What kind of computational architecture(s) is most appropriate to describe cognitive mechanisms? Is the mind an emergent property of the brain? What kind of hardware is required for thinking to occur? Can a computer have a mind?

This course familiarizes the student with the theoretical, empirical, and methodological foundations of our specialized sensory/perceptual systems. This course will provide a basis for the understanding of the cognitive capabilities and limitations of humans as components in aviation/aerospace systems.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Define and discuss the key issues related to cognitive science.

2. Understand and be able to properly apply the concepts of cognitive science to complex system design.

3. Understand the cognitive neuroscience of perception, attention, memory, and knowledge.

4. Describe the relationship of cognitive psychology & information processing.

5. Discuss perception and pattern recognition.

6. Describe the attention mechanism and its weaknesses.

7. Describe attention deficit disorders and their origin(s).

8. Discuss the differences between short term and working memory.

9. Describe the processes of episodic and semantic memory.

10. Understand schemata and semantic integration for meaning.

11. Discuss autobiographical memory in processing real-world events.

12. Explain how imaging and electromagnetic resonance techniques diagnose language deficits.

13. Trace the contribution(s) of early researchers to the field of cognitive psychology.

14. Provide an overview of problem solving and information processing and how they have contributed to our understanding of cognition.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

Web & Chat:
Text: (386) 968-8843
Library Phone:  (386) 226-7656 or (800) 678-9428

Students may access any media, research facility, library and/or web-based support for assistance on course contents. Several useful web sites for aviation and psychology information may be found at: World Wide Web pages (TBA) accessible through electronic mail, and various bulletin boards. http://chiron.valdostaedu/whuitt/col/cogsys/cogsys.html Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association (2009). (6th edition) Washington, DC: APA. ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5 or ISBN: 978-1-4338-0559-2 0r ISBN: 978-1-4338-0562-2

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
1-14 General Education of Arts and Sciences PO1 - Apply knowledge of college level mathematics to defining and solving problems;
PO2 - Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions relating to the solutions of problems;
PO3 - Communicate ideas in written form in both technical and non-technical areas;
PO4 - Communicate ideas in non-written form, such as through oral presentations or visual media;
PO5 - Recognize the importance of professional, ethical and social responsibility;
PO6 - Understand the natural world, to include the impact of the environment on aerospace operations and aerospace operations on the environment, as well as everyday life and professional experiences;
PO7 - Use digitally-enabled technology to organize and manipulate data, perform calculations, aid in solving problems, and communicate solutions, ideas, and concepts;
PO8 - Use scientific information in critical thinking and decision-making processes;
PO9 - Function on multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary teams;
PO10 - Apply economic principles to identify, formulate, and solve problems within professional and personal environments;
PO11 - Identify and participate in professional and personal development activities through organizations and self-directed learning;
PO12 - Understand contemporary issues in society
PO13 - Recognize the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions;
PO14 - Conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.
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