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Form 20 Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY) Version 3.0 (2007/2008)Module Title Philosophy of Cognitive Science School School of Life Sciences On or Off- OnCampusModuleCo-ordinatorDr L OliverSCQFLevel10 ModuleCodeA40CG Semester 1 Credits 151. Pre-requisites N/A2. Linked Modules(specify if synoptic)Two from the other option modules available this semester, namely Advanced Psychobiology (synoptic); Educational Practice (synoptic);Psychology of Music (synoptic). Examination in the summer diet.3. Excluded Modules N/A4. Replacement Module Code:6. Degrees for which thisis a core module7. Aims5. Availability as anYes NoElectiveXDate Of Replacement:Students must take three of four available options in this semester, and these three topics are regarded as core for BSc AppliedPsychology and BSc Psychological StudiesTo provide the background necessary to debate philosophical issues central to cognitive science.To explore philosophical issues and debates central to cognitive science.8. SyllabusThis module will cover philosophical issues and debates central to cognitive science, including:Basic questions from philosophy of mindThe Cognitive Basis of ScienceFolk psychologyCognitive Revolutions and Paradigm ShiftsMachine Models of CognitionCross cultural Differences in Cognition1 / 2


Form 20 Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY) Version 3.0 (2007/2008)Module Title Philosophy of Cognitive Science School School of Life Sciences On or Off- OnCampusModuleCo-ordinatorDr L OliverSCQFLevel10 ModuleCodeA40CG Semester 1 Credits 159. Learning Outcomes (HWU Core Skills: Employability and Professional Career Readiness)Subject MasteryUnderstanding, Knowledge and Cognitive SkillsScholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)Students will have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills in assessing and evaluating primary sources. As the subject is at thecutting-edge of contemporary psychology, students must consider the provisional nature of knowledge and integrate and analyse arguments fromvarying perspectives.Personal AbilitiesIndustrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICTThis module features material at the cutting edge of psychological research and demonstrates why certain approaches within various aspects ofprofessional psychology are outdated. Autonomy and communication skills are demonstrated during the assessed essay, and the fact that this isan ever-changing field means that students need to make extensive use of on-line resources.10. Assessment Methods 11. Re-assessment MethodsMethodDuration of Exam(if applicable)Exam 3 hours 67% Two other optionalmodules in Semester1Coursework 33%N.B. Examination in the summer diet12. Date and VersionWeighting (%) Synoptic modules? Method Duration of Exam(if applicable)Date of Proposal 4/3/09 Date of Approval bySchool Committee5/3/09 Date ofImplementationSeptember 2009VersionNumber22 / 2

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