Introduction to Cognitive Science

COGS 100/3.0


A multidisciplinary approach to the study of the mind combining approaches from philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, anthropology, and artificial intelligence. Logic, rules, concepts, and other mental representations used to generate thought and behaviour. Implementation of computational and cognitive models of mental processes.

Learning Outcomes

  1. identify cognitive science as an interdisciplinary paradigm of study of cross-cutting areas such as Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Anthropology, and Artificial Intelligence;
  2. explain various processes of the mind such as memory and attention, as well as representational and modeling techniques that are used to build computational models of mental processes;
  3. illustrate the use of cognitive models such as IAM and modeling techniques such as logic programs and neural networks in natural language processing applications (such as ALICE and ELIZA);
  4. design simple automata and develop logical deductions for problem-solving that serve as the foundation of computer programs and neural networks implementations; and
  5. collaborate, communicate and negotiate with peers in a team-based environment to produce a joint outcome.


Summer (May–June) 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


20% - Online Quizzes (Best 5 of 6)
20% - Build Multiple Choice Questions (Best 5 of 6)
20% - Weekly Challenges (Best 4 of 5)
15% - Group Project
25% - Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).

Instructor Information


Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.


  • Cognitive Science: an Introduction to the Study of the Mind, fourth edition, by Jay Friedenberg, Gordon Silverman, and Michael J. Spivey. Also available as e-text at  

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 18-20 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study / practice and online activity for (course name).