Syllabus for Senior Seminar in Cognitive and Information Sciences COGS Q400 Valid HTML 4.01! — version 2005-01-09
COGS Q400 — Senior Seminar in Cognitive and Information Sciences
Meeting time: MW 9:05-9:55 Location: BH 335
Instructor: Colin Allen, PhD <>
Office / Telephone: Goodbody 113 / 855-8916
Office hours: Wed 2-4 and by appointment

Course Description
This seminar has three major aims: 1) to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of cutting edge topics in cognitive science, 2) to increase students' ability to plan and evaluate research projects, and 3) to enhance student skills in presenting research to peers. The focus will be on learning through peer-to-peer interactions. Oral presentations will require the use of computer slides or overhead transparencies. Using recent journals as a starting point, each student will select a cutting edge topic in the cognitive sciences and give an oral presentation to the class on the state of the current research. Individually or in groups, students will develop a written research project proposal or report, and present it orally. Each student will submit a short written evaluation of a peer research project. Feedback received in this way from peers, and also from the instructor, will be used to revise final written reports.

Grading Basis
Grades will be based on performance in the following five categories:

  1. 20 minute presentation on an active topic in cognitive science (chosen by student).
  2. 20 minute presentation of research project.
  3. Written summary of peer presentation evaluations (form).
  4. Written research proposal or project report, due Monday, May 2.
  5. Participation in class discussions.
The presentation schedule will be updated regularly.

Statement for Students with Disabilities
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Statement about Scholastic Dishonesty
University rules concerning scholastic dishonesty will be rigorously enforced in this class. See IU Code of Ethics, Part 3A for details.