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The program of study aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:

  • demonstrate a foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of cognitive science
  • understand professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • demonstrate awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of cognitive science
  • work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • understand the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • prepare for future professional roles as a cognitive scientist.

The major provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in a computing related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the major students will be able to:

  • competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of solutions to cognitive problems
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other computer scientists and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • develop computer-based solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of cognitive science.

Program of study

Major - Cognitive Science - Year 1

18 units comprising:

Core - Year 1 Topics

 BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)
 COMP1102  Computer Programming 1  (4.5 units)
 SPTH1506  Linguistics and Phonetics 1  (4.5 units)
 STAT1121  Data Science  (4.5 units)

Major - Cognitive Science - Year 2

18 units comprising:

Core - Year 2 Topics

MMED2933  Fundamental Neuroscience  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 Topics

Plus three of:

 COMP2711  Computer Programming 2  (4.5 units)
 COMP2761  Database and Conceptual Modelling  (4.5 units)
 COMP2781  Computer Mathematics  (4.5 units)
 PHIL2603  Reality, Perception and Knowledge  (4.5 units)
 PSYC2020  Cognition and Learning  (4.5 units)
 SPTH1509  Linguistics and Phonetics 2  (4.5 units)

Major - Cognitive Science - Year 3

18 units comprising:

Core - Year 3 Topics

COMP3742  Intelligent Systems  (4.5 units)
MMED3930  Sensory Motor Systems  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 Topics

Plus two of:

 COMP3712  Computer Programming 3  (4.5 units)
 COMP3722  Theory and Practice of Computation  (4.5 units)
 COMP3732  Enterprise Cloud Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3751  Interactive Computer Systems  (4.5 units)
 MMED3931  Advanced Neuroscience  (4.5 units)
 PSYC2021  Human Development  (4.5 units)