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PSYC319 Comparative Cognition

Learning and cognitive processes in different species.

In this paper, we will compare the ability of different animal species to remember, communicate, form concepts, recognise themselves in a mirror, possess a theory of mind and engage in episodic memory, planning and mental time travel. The paper is taught as a critical-thinking course. You will be taught to challenge dogma and think laterally by reading and criticising original pieces of scientific work.

Paper title Comparative Cognition
Paper code PSYC319
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Prerequisite
PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Eligibility
With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in each of PSYC 210 and 212 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-327 concurrently with PSYC 211.

With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in PSYC 211 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-327 concurrently with PSYC 210 and 212.
Contact
colombo@psy.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Mike Colombo
Paper Structure
A large component of the class centres on class discussion of current topics in comparative animal cognition, such as:
  • Conceptual behaviour
  • Numerical competence
  • Theory of mind
  • Self-recognition
  • Memory
  • Mental time travel
Assessment:
50% of the final grade will be based on internal assessments and 50% will be from the final exam.
Teaching Arrangements
One 50-minute and one 2-hour lecture per week.
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Original articles will be made available.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will be presented with published findings and asked to challenge the design and interpretation of the data. Learning outcomes focus on the development of critical thinking and clear communication skills.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Learning and cognitive processes in different species.

In this paper, we will compare the ability of different animal species to remember, communicate, form concepts, recognise themselves in a mirror, possess a theory of mind and engage in episodic memory, planning and mental time travel. The paper is taught as a critical-thinking course. You will be taught to challenge dogma and think laterally by reading and criticising original pieces of scientific work.

Paper title Comparative Cognition
Paper code PSYC319
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2019 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Eligibility

With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in each of PSYC 210 and 212 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-328 concurrently with PSYC 211.

With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in PSYC 211 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-328 concurrently with PSYC 210 and 212.

Contact
colombo@psy.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Mike Colombo
Paper Structure
A large component of the class centres on class discussion of current topics in comparative animal cognition, such as:
  • Conceptual behaviour
  • Numerical competence
  • Theory of mind
  • Self-recognition
  • Memory
  • Mental time travel
Assessment:
50% of the final grade will be based on internal assessments and 50% will be from the final exam.
Teaching Arrangements
One 50-minute and one 2-hour lecture per week.
Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Original articles will be made available.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will be presented with published findings and asked to challenge the design and interpretation of the data. Learning outcomes focus on the development of critical thinking and clear communication skills.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41