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Honours Cognitive Science (60 credits)

Offered by: Psychology     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

The Honours Cognitive Science, which is restricted to students in the B.A. & Sc., is an extension of the Interfaculty program and offers students an opportunity to undertake a research project in close association with professors in their main Arts and Science focus areas. Prior to selecting the Honours program, students should meet with the Interdisciplinary Program Adviser and review the B.A. & Sc. academic requirements for Honours and First Class Honours, which can also be found under "University Regulations and Resources," "Graduation," and "Graduation Honours."

To receive an Honours degree, students are required to achieve a minimum overall program GPA of 3.3 at graduation, and attain a grade of B+ (3.3) or better in COGS 444. Students must complete both the 60-credit Honours program, plus an approved minor concentration or a minor in the Faculties of Arts or of Science.

Note: B.A. & Sc. students who take interfaculty programs, including the Honours in Cognitive Science, must take at least 30 credits in Arts and 30 in Science across their interfaculty program and their minor or minor concentration.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • COGS 444 Honours Research (6 credits)

    Offered by: Arts & Science Admin (Shared) (Interfaculty, B.A. & Sc.)

    Overview

    Cognitive Science : Honours research course including research issues in two areas of cognitive science.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Permission of Director of Cognitive Science Programs.
    • Note: To receive approval to register for this course, a student must present a research proposal to the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. The student's proposal must include approval of the research from one advisor from each of the student's two focal departments. The student's focal departments must consist of one Arts department and the one Science department (both must be participating in the BASc option) in which the student will have at the completed least 12 credits, exclusive of required courses at graduation.
  • PSYC 532 Cognitive Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The multi-disciplinary study of intelligent systems. Problems in vision, memory, categorization, choice, problem solving, cognitive development, syntax, language acquisition, and rationality. Rule-based and connectionist approaches.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Thomas R Shultz (Fall) Stevan Harnad (Winter)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the Cognitive Science Minor or permission of instructor. Students should ideally have some cognitive science background in at least two disciplines

Complementary Courses (51 credits)

Credits are selected as follows:

3 credits, one of:

  • COMP 230 Logic and Computability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Propositional Logic, predicate calculus, proof systems, computability Turing machines, Church-Turing thesis, unsolvable problems, completeness, incompleteness, Tarski semantics, uses and misuses of Gödel's theorem.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Dirk Schlimm (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: CEGEP level mathematics.
  • MATH 318 Mathematical Logic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Propositional calculus, truth-tables, switching circuits, natural deduction, first order predicate calculus, axiomatic theories, set theory.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Diana Dubrovsky (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken PHIL 210
  • PHIL 210 Introduction to Deductive Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to propositional and predicate logic; formalization of arguments, truth tables, systems of deduction, elementary metaresults, and related topics.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 318

18 credits from List A in one of Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, or Psychology.

12 credits from List A in one of the four remaining units.

18 credits chosen from Lists A and/or B in Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, and/or Research Courses of which at least 12 credits must be at the 400 level or higher.

Note 1: Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet all pre- and corequisites for all their courses.

Note 2: With the permission of the Director of the Cognitive Science program, students may be able to substitute courses in cognate departments, such as Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biology, Neurology, or Physiology. For further information, consult the Cognitive Science website: http://www.mcgill.ca/cogsci.

Computer Science

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  • COMP 206 Introduction to Software Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Comprehensive overview of programming in C, use of system calls and libraries, debugging and testing of code; use of developmental tools like make, version control systems.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Joseph P Vybihal, Gregory L Dudek (Fall) Wenbo He, Gregory L Dudek (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: COMP 202 or COMP 250
  • COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : An introduction to the design of computer algorithms, including basic data structures, analysis of algorithms, and establishing correctness of programs. Overview of topics in computer science.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Michael Langer (Fall) Mathieu Blanchette (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: Familiarity with a high level programming language and CEGEP level Math.
    • Restrictions: COMP 203 and COMP 250 are considered to be equivalent from a prerequisite point of view, and cannot both be taken for credit.
  • COMP 251 Algorithms and Data Structures (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to algorithm design and analysis. Graph algorithms, greedy algorithms, data structures, dynamic programming, maximum flows.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Prakash Panangaden (Fall) Clark Verbrugge (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: COMP 250 or COMP 203.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking COMP 252.
  • COMP 302 Programming Languages and Paradigms (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Programming language design issues and programming paradigms. Binding and scoping, parameter passing, lambda abstraction, data abstraction, type checking. Functional and logic programming.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Brigitte Pientka (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: COMP 250 or COMP 203
  • COMP 424 Artificial Intelligence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to search methods. Knowledge representation using logic and probability. Planning and decision making under uncertainty. Introduction to machine learning.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Doina Precup (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: (COMP 206 or ECSE 321) and COMP 251
  • COMP 527 Logic and Computation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to modern constructive logic, its mathematical properties, and its numerous applications in computer science.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: COMP 302
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken COMP 426
  • MATH 240 Discrete Structures 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Mathematical foundations of logical thinking and reasoning. Mathematical language and proof techniques. Quantifiers. Induction. Elementary number theory. Modular arithmetic. Recurrence relations and asymptotics. Combinatorial enumeration. Functions and relations. Partially ordered sets and lattices. Introduction to graphs, digraphs and rooted trees.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Dana Louis Addario-Berry (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Corequisite: MATH 133.
    • Restriction: For students in any Computer Science program. Others only with the instructor's permission. Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 235.

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  • COMP 280 History and Philosophy of Computing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : A history of early mathematical computation. Symbolic logic and computation. Modern computer systems and networks. The rise of the internet.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • COMP 330 Theory of Computation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Mathematical models of computers, finite automata, Turing machines, counter machines, push-down machines, computational complexity.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Claude Crepeau (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: COMP 251.
  • COMP 360 Algorithm Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Advanced algorithm design and analysis. Linear programming, complexity and NP-completeness, advanced algorithmic techniques.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Hamed Hatami (Fall) Adrian Roshan Vetta (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: Either COMP 251 or COMP 252, and either MATH 240 or MATH 235 or MATH 363.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking COMP 362.
  • COMP 400 Honours Project in Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : A computer related project, typically a programming effort, along with a report will be carried out in cooperation with a staff member in the School of Computer Science.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Nathan Friedman (Fall) Nathan Friedman (Winter) Nathan Friedman (Summer)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: 15 Computer Science credits.
    • Restriction: For Honours students
  • COMP 409 Concurrent Programming (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Characteristics and utility of concurrent programs; formal methods for specification, verification and development of concurrent programs; communications, synchronization, resource allocation and management, coherency and integrity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: COMP 251, COMP 302, and COMP 310 or ECSE 427
  • COMP 417 Introduction Robotics and Intelligent Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : This course considers issues relevant to the design of robotic and of intelligent systems. How can robots move and interact. Robotic hardware systems. Kinematics and inverse kinematics. Sensors, sensor data interpretation and sensor fusion. Path planning. Configuration spaces. Position estimation. Intelligent systems. Spatial mapping. Multi-agent systems. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Ioannis Rekleitis (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: COMP 424 and MATH 223.
  • COMP 421 Database Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Database Design: conceptual design of databases (e.g., entity-relationship model), relational data model, functional dependencies. Database Manipulation: relational algebra, SQL, database application programming, triggers, access control. Database Implementation: transactions, concurrency control, recovery, query execution and query optimization.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Bettina Kemme (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: COMP 206, COMP 251, COMP 302
  • COMP 526 Probabilistic Reasoning and AI (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Belief networks, Utility theory, Markov Decision Processes and Learning Algorithms.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: COMP 206, COMP 360, COMP 424 and MATH 323
  • COMP 531 Advanced Theory of Computation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Models for sequential and parallel computations: Turing machines, boolean circuits. The equivalence of various models and the Church-Turing thesis. Unsolvable problems. Model dependent measures of computational complexity. Abstract complexity theory. Exponentially and super-exponentially difficult problems. Complete problems.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Denis Therien (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: COMP 330
  • COMP 558 Fundamentals of Computer Vision (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Biological vision, edge detection, projective geometry and camera modelling, shape from shading and texture, stereo vision, optical flow, motion analysis, object representation, object recognition, graph theoretic methods, high level vision, applications.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Kaleem Siddiqi (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: COMP 206, COMP 360, MATH 222, MATH 223
    • Restriction: not open to students who have taken 308-766 before January 2001
  • MATH 222 Calculus 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Taylor series, Taylor's theorem in one and several variables. Review of vector geometry. Partial differentiation, directional derivative. Extreme of functions of 2 or 3 variables. Parametric curves and arc length. Polar and spherical coordinates. Multiple integrals.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Wilbur Jonsson, Mathew Donald Rogers (Fall) Wilbur Jonsson (Winter) Eric Cormier (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: MATH 141. Familiarity with vector geometry or Corequisite: MATH 133
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP course 201-303 or MATH 150, MATH 151 or MATH 227
  • MATH 223 Linear Algebra (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Review of matrix algebra, determinants and systems of linear equations. Vector spaces, linear operators and their matrix representations, orthogonality. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of Hermitian matrices. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Layan El Hajj, Wilbur Jonsson (Fall) Wilbur Jonsson (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Prerequisite: MATH 133 or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students in Mathematics programs nor to students who have taken or are taking MATH 236, MATH 247 or MATH 251. It is open to students in Faculty Programs

Linguistics

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  • LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Primarily for students intending to take further courses in linguistics. Topics include: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Students will be introduced to techniques of linguistic analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Jozina Vander Klok, Alex Drummond (Fall) Bernhard Schwarz, Tobin Skinner, Luis Fernando Alonso-Ovalle (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • No prerequisite.
  • LING 330 Phonetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Transcription, identification, and production of speech sounds. Introduction to the acoustic properties of speech sounds, acoustic analysis of speech, and auditory phonetics.

    Terms: Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Morgan Sonderegger (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LlNG 201
  • LING 331 Phonology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to phonological theory and analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Heather Goad (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: LING 330.
  • LING 350 Linguistic Aspects of Bilingualism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Linguistic competence and performance in bilinguals: the organization of the bilingual's grammar. Syntactic constraints on code mixing: How many grammars are involved? Unidirectional and bidirectional grammatical interference. Structural distance between genetically related and unrelated languages and its effect on the organization of the bilingual's grammar.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Larissa Nossalik (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 200 or LING 201
  • LING 355 Language Acquisition 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A critical study of the application of linguistic theory and description to first and second language learning. Topics include: the acquisition of sounds, syntax and word meanings; acquisition strategies; properties of the input; theories of first and second language acquisition.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Larissa Nossalik (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: LING 201.
  • LING 360 Introduction to Semantics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to the rudiments of semantics, focusing on those aspects of meaning that are invariant across contexts and the ways in which the meaning of a complex expression is determined by the meanings of its constituents.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Brendan S Gillon (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 201 and PHIL 210
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken LING 370.
  • LING 371 Syntax 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to the study of generative syntax of natural languages, emphasizing basic concepts and formalism: phrase structure rules, transformations, and conditions on rules.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Alex Drummond (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 201.
  • LING 390 Neuroscience of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : The neurobiological study of the human language faculty. Theoretical and experimental approaches to neurolinguistics, focusing on linguistic capacity in the healthy and damaged brain.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Yosef Grodzinsky (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: An introductory course in Linguistics, Psychology or Neuroscience at the 200 level or above.
  • LING 419 Linguistic Theory and its Foundations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Change linguistics underwent at the end of the 1950's both in how it conceived of itself and in the methods it used, including the philosophical change and the formal and mathematical innovations in syntax and morphology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: Two of LING 331, LING 360, LING 371, LING 440.
  • LING 451 Acquisition of Phonology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Exploration of the development of prosodic and segmental structure in children, with an emphasis on current theoretically-informed work in this area.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Heather Goad (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 331; a course in language acquisition highly recommended.
  • LING 455 Second Language Syntax (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : The nature of the linguistic knowledge acquired by second language learners, focusing on description and explanation of second language syntax and morphology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 301 or LING 371.

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  • LING 417 Topics at the Interfaces 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Topics relevant to a linguistic interface, rotating between syntax/semantics interface and morphology/syntax interface.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Emily Elfner (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: LING 360 and LING 371 and permission of instructor.
  • LING 418 Topics at the Interfaces 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Topics relevant to a linguistic interface, rotating between phonology/syntax interface and morphology/phonology interface.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 331, LING 371 or permission of instructor.
  • LING 440 Morphology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : An introduction to the study of the internal structure of words. Topics will include the different ways words are formed in languages, how sound changes take place within words, how words are used in sentences.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Alexandra Simonenko, Alex Drummond (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: LING 330 and LING 371, or permission of the instructor
  • LING 461 Formal Methods in Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : This course presents the formal methods used in the study of language (namely, the theories of sets, relations, functions, partial orders, and lattices, as well as the principle of mathematical induction).

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Brendan S Gillon (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: LING 360 or PHIL 210 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken LING 560 or MATH 240.
  • LING 531 Phonology 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Exploration of current issues in phonology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 331 or permission of instructor.
  • LING 555 Language Acquisition 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A detailed overview of recent experimental work on first language acquisition of syntax within the principles and parameters framework, concentrating on both theoretical and methodological issues.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 355 and LING 371 and permission of instructor
  • LING 565 Pragmatics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Study of the relationship between language and its contexts of use. Topics to be examined include deixis, presupposition and implicature.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Brendan S Gillon (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 360 and PHIL 210 or permission of the instructor.
  • LING 571 Syntax 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : This course extends and refines the theory of grammar developed in LING 371, while introducing some primary literature and developments (in certain modules of the grammar such as phrase structure, wh-movement, and binding).

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Maire Noonan (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: LING 371
  • LING 590 Language Acquisition and Breakdown (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Theoretical and experimental perspectives on an imperfect language faculty, in the context of current linguistic theory and state-of-the-art experimental methods and techniques. Comparison of linguistic abilities of normally developing children, children with language disorders (e.g., SLI), and adults with disrupted linguistic abilities (e.g., aphasic patients).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 371 and either LING 355 or LING 390.

Philosophy

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  • NSCI 300 Neuroethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to ethical issues arising from basic and clinical neuroscience. Overview of therapeutic, diagnostic, and research interventions in mental and neurological disorders, and their implications on society.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Teresa Aniela Trippenbach, Ian Jeffrey Gold, Carl Ernst (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: NSCI 200 and NSCI 201 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Open to students in the Major Neuroscience Program
  • PHIL 304 Chomsky (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : Philosophical aspects of Chomsky's contribution to psychology, linguistic theory, theories of human nature, and to politics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of major positions of the mind-body problem, focusing on such questions as: Do we have minds and bodies? Can minds affect bodies? Is mind identical to body? If so, in what sense "identical"? Can physical bodies be conscious.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Andrew Reisner (Fall)

  • PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A second course in Logic. NB. The course will be technical in nature, and some mathematical aptitude is essential. The emphasis is on the expressive properties of standard logical systems, including implications for the philosophy of mathematics. We will study the Completeness of First-Order Logic, then the 'limitative' theorems of Tarski and Gödel.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or equivalent
  • PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of philosophical problems as they arise in the context of scientific practice and enquiry. Such issues as the philosophical presuppositions of the physical and social sciences, the nature of scientific method and its epistemological implications will be addressed.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Dirk Schlimm (Fall)

  • PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the work of such seventeenth-century philosophers as Descartes, Hobbes, Gassendi, Malebranche, Leibniz, and the Cambridge Platonists.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • PHIL 370 Problems in Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to the central questions in the analytic tradition, through the works of important early figures in that tradition. Philosophers to be discussed may include: Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ramsay, Carnap and the "logical positivists".

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Oran Magal (Fall)

  • PHIL 415 Philosophy of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central notions in the philosophy of language (reference, meaning, and truth, e.g.), the puzzles these notions give rise to, and the relevance of these notions to such questions as: What is language? How is communication possible? What is understanding? Is language rule-governed.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 419 Epistemology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of central topics in the theory of knowledge. The questions addressed in the course may include: What is knowledge? Do we have any knowledge? What is the relation between knowledge and belief? When is belief justified? Is all knowledge conscious knowledge.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Michael Blome-Tillmann (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 441 Philosophy of Science 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An analysis of some key philosophical ideas in science and technology, e.g. problem, explanation, forecast, testability and truth.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 341 or written permission of the instructor
  • PHIL 506 Seminar: Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An advanced course devoted to specific topics in the philosophy of mind.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 306.
    • Restriction: Open only to students as indicated above and to Cognitive Science Minors
    • Restriction: Seminars are open only to graduate students and final year Philosophy Majors, Honours and Joint Honours students, except by written permission of the Department.

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  • PHIL 410 Advanced Topics in Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on central results in logic that are of philosophical significance.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 310 or equivalent
  • PHIL 411 Topics in Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on some philosophical issue (e.g., the nature of numbers or the relation of truth to provability) as it arises in the study of mathematics and logic.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or the equivalent, and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 421 Metaphysics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central questions in metaphysics in their historical and contemporary forms. Topics may be chosen from such issues as: personal identity, the nature of space and time, the nature of events and properties, possible worlds, and the problem of realism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 470 Topics in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An advanced discussion of major themes in the analytic tradition.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 370, PHIL 415 or written permission of instructor
  • PHIL 474 Phenomenology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A study of phenomenology from a historical and thematic perspective. The course will typically involve the study of central thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, or Merleau-Ponty, with an examination of the nature and development of the phenomenological movement.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: R Philip Buckley (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 511 Seminar: Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Dirk Schlimm (Winter)

    • Restriction: Seminars are open only to graduate students and final year Philosophy Majors, Honours and Joint Honours students, except by written permission of the Department

Psychology

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  • ANTH 440 Cognitive Anthropology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : The problem of knowledge; the nature of perception; the concept of mind; the relation between thought and language. The concept of meaning: communication, interpretation and symbolism. Social aspects of cognition; ideology.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jerome Rousseau (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite, two of the following: ANTH 204, ANTH 314, ANTH 352, ANTH 355, or ANTH 430, or permission of instructor.
  • MUMT 250 Music Perception and Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Technology : Basic processes by which the brain transforms sound waves into musical events, dimensions, systems and structures and the processes by which musicians imagine new musical sounds and structures and plan movements that produce music on instruments.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Meghan Goodchild (Winter)

  • NSCI 201 Introduction to Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to how the nervous system acquires and integrates information and uses it to produce behaviour.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Evan Balaban (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: NSCI 200 or PSYC 211 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 308.
  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) David J Ostry (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300
    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • PSYC 212 Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Perception is the organization of sensory input into a representation of the environment. Topics include: survey of sensory coding mechanisms (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory), object recognition, spatial localization, perceptual constancies and higher level influences.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Evan Balaban (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures; 1 conference
  • PSYC 213 Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Where do thoughts come from? What is the nature of thought, and how does it arise in the mind and the brain? Cognition is the study of human information processing, and we will explore topics such as memory, attention, categorization, decision making, intelligence, philosophy of mind, and the mind-as computer metaphor.

    Terms: Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Jelena Ristic (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures, 1 conference
    • Prerequisite: One previous course in Psychology.
  • PSYC 301 Animal Learning & Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Contemporary and historical research and theory on animal learning approached from a behavioural, cognitive and biological perspective. Classical and instrumental conditioning, cognitive learning, and biological constraints. The status and history of North American behaviourism will be discussed and compared with cognitive and other approaches.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Andrew G Baker (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite(s): PSYC 211 or PSYC 213 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 211 prior to the 2000-01 academic year
  • PSYC 304 Child Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychology of children, covering critical issues, theories, biological underpinnings, experimental methods, and findings in perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Kristine Onishi (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures, 1 conference
    • Prerequisites: two courses from PSYC 211, PSYC 212, PSYC 213, and PSYC 215 or permission of the instructor
    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 412, PSYC 413, PSYC 414, PSYC 416
  • PSYC 305 Statistics for Experimental Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the design and analysis of experiments, including analysis of variance, planned and post hoc tests and a comparison of anova to correlational analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Heungsun Hwang (Fall) Rhonda N Amsel (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 204 or equivalent
    • This course is required of all students who propose to enter an Honours or Major program in Psychology
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • PSYC 311 Human Cognition and the Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course is an introduction to the field studying how human cognitive processes, such as perception, attention, language, learning and memory, planning and organization, are related to brain processes. The material covered is primarily based on studies of the effects of different brain lesions on cognition and studies of brain activity in relation to cognitive processes with modern functional neuroimaging methods.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Michalakis Petrides (Fall) Michalakis Petrides (Summer)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures; 1 conference
  • PSYC 315 Computational Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Application of computational methods to the simulation of psychological phenomena. Comparison of natural and artificial intelligence. Symbolic and neural network techniques. Methods for evaluating simulations.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Thomas R Shultz (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to U0 or U1 students.
  • PSYC 316 Psychology of Deafness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Basic introduction to the field of deafness from a psychological perspective. Topics include effect of deafness on sensory, perceptual, cognitive, intellectual and linguistic processes. Impact of deafness on children and families.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures; 1 conference
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or equivalent or permission of instructor
  • PSYC 318 Behavioural Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The physiological bases of motivational states, with respect to feeding, drinking, sexual behavior, drug use, and aggression. Physiological bases of learning and memory.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Karim Nader (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures, 1 conference
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 308 or PSYC 311 or BIOL 306 or PHGY 314
  • PSYC 340 Psychology of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A survey of issues in psycholinguistics, focusing on the nature and processing of language (e.g., how we understand speech sounds, words, sentences, and discourse). Also surveyed: language and thought, the biological foundations of language, and first language acquisition.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Debra Ann Titone (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 212 or PSYC 213.
  • PSYC 341 The Psychology of Bilingualism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will examine issues in bilingualism, including second language acquisition in children and adults, critical period hypothesis, cognitive consequences and correlates of bilingualism, social psychological aspects of bilingualism, and bilingual education.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Fred H Genesee (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, and PSYC 340 or introduction to linguistics; or permission of instructor
  • PSYC 352 Cognitive Psychology Laboratory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Introduction to research methods and experimental techniques in cognitive psychology for exploring topics such as attention, memory, categorization, reasoning, and language processing.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Kristine Onishi (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 1 hour lecture, weekly lab
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 213 and PYSC 305.
    • Corequisite: PSYC 305 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval.
    • Students will be admitted on the basis of a written application on forms available from the Department (Room N7/9). Applications must be submitted by first day of class
  • PSYC 410 Special Topics in Neuropsychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Developments in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychiatry via readings from primary sources. Topics include the neural bases of memory, emotion, social cognition and neuropsychiatric diseases. Integrating knowledge from studies in clinical populations and functional neuroimaging studies.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Amir Raz (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisites: PSYC 311 or PSYC 308. Knowledge of basic neuropsychology at the level covered in PSYC 311 is assumed
  • PSYC 413 Cognitive Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : In-depth exploration of cognitive development in infants and children including knowledge representation and processing, conceptual development, language development, and theories and principles of cognitive development.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 304 or PSYC 213 or equivalent
  • PSYC 470 Memory and Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Memory systems are studied with an emphasis on the neural computations that occur at various stages of the processing stream, focusing on the hippocampus, amygdala, basal ganglia, cerebellum and cortex. The data reviewed is obtained from human, non-human primates and rodents, with single unit recording, neuroimaging and brain damaged subjects.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Maria Rajah (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hour lectures
    • Prerequisites: PSYC 308 and PSYC 318 or PHGY 311 or BIOL 306
  • PSYC 522 Neurochemistry and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Anatomical, biochemical and physiological aspects of neurotransmitter systems in the brain, current theories of the function of these systems in normal and abnormal behaviour, and the actions of psychotropic drugs.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Maria Pompeiano (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisites: any two of the following NSCI 201, PSYC 311, PSYC 318, ANAT 321, PHGY 314, BIOL 306
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking PHAR 562
  • PSYC 529 Music Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Interdisciplinary study of music cognition and perception, with an emphasis on cognitive and experimental approaches. Topics include: psychoacoustics, music memory, tonality, neuropsychology of music, performance, talent and expertise, and developmental aspects.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Caroline Palmer (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: PSYC 212, PSYC 213, PSYC 204 (or equivalent)
  • PSYC 537 Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Topics may include: the neural basis of language, evolutionary approaches to language, pragmatics and figurative language processing, disordered language processing, models of spoken word recognition.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Debra Ann Titone (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: PSYC 213 and one of: PSYC 340, LING 200, or LING 201.
    • Note: Prior background in the psychology of language, cognitive psychology, or linguistics is essential.
  • PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychological mechanisms and theories of first language acquisition in infancy and early childhood. Topics such as: infant speech perception, acquisition of grammar, word learning, pidgin and Creole languages, critical and sensitive periods, genetic and evolutionary bases of language.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • PSYC 561 Methods: Developmental Psycholinguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Approaches and methods used in investigations of the development of language and communication. A case study approach, observational-correlational approach versus experimental-manipulative approach, cross sectional design versus longitudinal design.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • 3 hour lectures
    • Prerequisites: PSYC 340 and LING 355 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

Neuroscience

List A/B:

* Students select either PHGY 311 or BIOL 306, but not both.
** Students select either BIOL 514 or PSYC 514, but not both.
*** Students select either NSCI 200 or PHGY 209, but not both.

  • ANAT 321 Circuitry of the Human Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anatomy and Cell Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Anatomy & Cell Biology : This course explores the functional organization of the human brain and spinal cord. The course focuses on how neuronal systems are designed to subserve specific motor, sensory, and cognitive operations.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: James Brawer, Samuel David (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hour lectures, 2 hours laboratory/tutorial
    • Prerequisites: ANAT/BIOC 212 or BIOL 201; and one of PHGY 209, NSCI 200 or PSYC 211; or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Open to U3 students only
  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The physical and chemical properties of the cell and its components in relation to their structure and function. Topics include: protein structure, enzymes and enzyme kinetics; nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation; the genetic code, mutation, recombination, and regulation of gene expression.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Thomas E Bureau, Richard D W Roy, Francesco Fagotto, Monique Zetka (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or equivalent
    • Corequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent
  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course introduces the student to our modern understanding of cells and how they work. Major topics to be covered include: photosynthesis, energy metabolism and metabolic integration; plasma membrane including secretion, endocytosis and contact mediated interactions between cells; cytoskeleton including cell and organelle movement; the nervous system; hormone signaling; the cell cycle.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Gary Brouhard, Gregory G Brown (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ANAT 212 or BIOC 212
  • BIOL 306 Neural Basis of Behaviour (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Neural mechanisms of animal behaviour; neuroethology; cellular neurophysiology, integrative networks within nervous systems; neural control of movement; processing of sensory information.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Gerald Pollack, Joseph Alan Dent, Alanna Watt (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: PHYS 102 or PHYS 142 or CEGEP Physics and one of the following: BIOL 201, ANAT 212, BIOC 212 or NSCI 200
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 308.
  • BIOL 514 Neurobiology Learning and Memory (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Properties of nerve cells that are responsible for learning and memory. Recent advances in the understanding of neurophysiological, biochemical and structural processes relevant to neural plasticity. Emphasis on a few selected model systems involving both vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Karim Nader (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 306 or PHGY 311 or NEUR 310 or NSCI 201 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOL 531 or PSYC 514
  • BIOL 530 Advances in Neuroethology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Neural mechanisms underlying behaviour in vertebrate and invertebrate organisms.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Gerald Pollack, Rudiger Krahe (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours seminar
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 306 or NSCI 200 or NSCI 201 or PHGY 311 or permission of instructor.
  • BIOL 588 Advances in Molecular/Cellular Neurobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Discussion of fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying the general features of cellular neurobiology. An advanced course based on lectures and on a critical review of primary research papers.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Kenneth E M Hastings, Salvatore T Carbonetto (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours seminar
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 300 and BIOL 306 or permission
  • NEUR 310 Cellular Neurobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Neurology and Neurosurgery (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neurology and Neurosurgery : A survey of the functional organization of nerve cells, signalling in the nervous system, and principles of neural development. Topics include cell polarity, neurotransmitters, neurotrophins, receptors and second messengers, cell lineage, guidance of axon outgrowth, and nerve regeneration. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of neurons at the molecular level.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Jean-Francois Cloutier, David S Ragsdale, Alyson Elise Fournier (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures each week
    • Prerequisites or Corequisites: BIOL 201, or PHGY 209, or PHGY 210; and one of ANAT 321, ANAT 322, BIOL 306, PHGY 311.
  • NSCI 200 Introduction to Neuroscience 1 (3 credits) ***

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to how nerve cells generate action potentials, communicate with one another at synapses, develop synaptic connections, early brain development, and the construction of specific neural circuits.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Edward Ruthazer, Alyson Elise Fournier, Keith Murai (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, PHYS 101 or PHYS 131, and PHYS 102 or PHYS 142. Pre-/Co-requisite BIOL 200, CHEM 212 or permission of instructor.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who are taking or have taken PHGY 209.
  • NSCI 201 Introduction to Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to how the nervous system acquires and integrates information and uses it to produce behaviour.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Evan Balaban (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: NSCI 200 or PSYC 211 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 308.
  • NSCI 300 Neuroethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to ethical issues arising from basic and clinical neuroscience. Overview of therapeutic, diagnostic, and research interventions in mental and neurological disorders, and their implications on society.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Teresa Aniela Trippenbach, Ian Jeffrey Gold, Carl Ernst (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: NSCI 200 and NSCI 201 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Open to students in the Major Neuroscience Program
  • PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 (3 credits) ***

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Physiology of body fluids, blood, body defense mechanisms, muscle, peripheral, central, and autonomic nervous systems.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Ann Wechsler, Phil Gold, David S Ragsdale (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures weekly
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, PHYS 101 or PHYS 131, and PHYS 102 or PHYS 142. Pre-/co-requisites: BIOL 200, CHEM 212 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHGY 211 or PHGY 201 or students who are taking and who have taken NSCI 200.
    • Restriction: For students in the Faculty of Science, and other students by permission of the instructor
  • PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses & Hormones (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In-depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses on cellular communication in the nervous system and the endocrine system.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Ellis Cooper, Reza Sharif Naeini, Ali Haghighi (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours of lectures per week; 1-3 hours optional lab/demonstration/tutorial arranged for a maximum of 3 afternoons per term
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 209 or permission of the instructor.
  • PHGY 314 Integrative Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses underlying our current understanding of how single neurons and ensembles of neurons encode sensory information, generate movement, and control cognitive functions such as emotion, learning, and memory, during voluntary behaviours.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Kathleen E Cullen, Julio Martinez Trujillo, Christopher Pack (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours of lectures per week
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 209
  • PHGY 556 Topics in Systems Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Topics of current interest in systems neurophysiology and behavioural neuroscience including: the neural representation of sensory information and motor behaviours, models of sensory motor integration, and the computational analysis of problems in motor control and perception. Students will be expected to present and critically discuss journal articles in class.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Kathleen E Cullen, Daniel E Guitton, Erik Cook (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Permission of the instructor required.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHGY 456
  • PSYC 211 Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to contemporary research on the relationship between brain and behaviour. Topics include learning, memory and cognition, brain damage and neuroplasticity, emotion and motivation, and drug addiction and brain reward circuits. Much of the evidence will be drawn from the experimental literature on research with animals.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Yogita Chudasama (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112 or 115, PSYC 100 or equivalent
  • PSYC 311 Human Cognition and the Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course is an introduction to the field studying how human cognitive processes, such as perception, attention, language, learning and memory, planning and organization, are related to brain processes. The material covered is primarily based on studies of the effects of different brain lesions on cognition and studies of brain activity in relation to cognitive processes with modern functional neuroimaging methods.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Michalakis Petrides (Fall) Michalakis Petrides (Summer)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures; 1 conference
  • PSYC 317 Genes and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Focuses on current techniques employed to study which genes influence behaviour, and how they do so.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Pre-requisite: PSYC 211 or PSYC 308 or BIOL 306 or PHGY 314 or permission of instructor.
  • PSYC 318 Behavioural Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The physiological bases of motivational states, with respect to feeding, drinking, sexual behavior, drug use, and aggression. Physiological bases of learning and memory.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Karim Nader (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures, 1 conference
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 308 or PSYC 311 or BIOL 306 or PHGY 314
  • PSYC 342 Hormones and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The role of hormones in organization of CNS function, as effectors of behaviour, in expression of behaviours and in mental illness.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Jens Pruessner (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 115 or equivalent
  • PSYC 410 Special Topics in Neuropsychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Developments in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychiatry via readings from primary sources. Topics include the neural bases of memory, emotion, social cognition and neuropsychiatric diseases. Integrating knowledge from studies in clinical populations and functional neuroimaging studies.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Amir Raz (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisites: PSYC 311 or PSYC 308. Knowledge of basic neuropsychology at the level covered in PSYC 311 is assumed
  • PSYC 427 Sensorimotor Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A systematic examination of the sensorimotor system, drawing on models and data from both behavioural and physiological studies. Topics include: cortical motor areas, cerebellum, basal ganglia, spinal mechanisms, motor unit properties and force production, prioception, muscle properties.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: David J Ostry (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 308 or permission of instructor
  • PSYC 502 Psychoneuroendocrinology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Neuroendocrinological mechanisms of action that underlie specific behaviors and their disorders. Hormones and cognitive functioning, sexual functioning, aggression, mood and stress in humans and will focus on methods of hypothesis-testing in these areas.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: One of PSYC 308, PSYC 311, PSYC 318, PSYC 342, or permission of the instructor.
  • PSYC 514 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Properties of nerve cells that are responsible for learning and memory. Recent advances in the understanding of neurophysiological, biochemical and structural processes relevant to neural plasticity. Emphasis on a few selected model systems involving both vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Karim Nader (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 306 or PHGY 311 or NSCI 201 or NEUR 310 or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOL 531 or BIOL 514
  • PSYC 522 Neurochemistry and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Anatomical, biochemical and physiological aspects of neurotransmitter systems in the brain, current theories of the function of these systems in normal and abnormal behaviour, and the actions of psychotropic drugs.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Maria Pompeiano (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisites: any two of the following NSCI 201, PSYC 311, PSYC 318, ANAT 321, PHGY 314, BIOL 306
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking PHAR 562
  • PSYT 301 Issues in Drug Dependence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychiatry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychiatry : The phenomenology and epidemiology of the use and abuse of alcohol, nicotine, opiates, stimulants, sedatives and psychotomimetic agents are discussed in relation to current theoretical and experimental issues. The perspective is multidisciplinary and the intention is to develop an understanding of the nature of the issues surrounding drug dependence.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Kathryn Gill (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: PHGY 201 or PHGY 209 or PHGY 210 or PSYC 100 or BIOL 201 or permission of instructor
  • PSYT 500 Advances: Neurobiology of Mental Disorders (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychiatry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychiatry : Current theories on the neurobiological basis of most well known mental disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, dementia). Methods and strategies in research on genetic, physiological and biochemical factors in mental illness will be discussed. Discussion will also focus on the rationale for present treatment approaches and on promising new approaches.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Lalit K Srivastava, Simon N Young, Tak Pan Wong (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): BIOC 212 and BIOC 311, or BIOC 312, or BIOL 200 and BIOL 201, or PHGY 311, or PSYC 308 and an upper-level biological science course with permission of the instructors, or equivalent. Basic knowledge of cellular and molecular biology is required.
    • Restriction: Open to U3 and graduate students only.
    • Restriction: Graduate Studies: strongly recommended for M.Sc. students in Psychiatry.

Research Courses

  • COGS 401 Research Cognitive Science 1 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Arts & Science Admin (Shared) (Interfaculty, B.A. & Sc.)

    Overview

    Cognitive Science : Research project supervised by a McGill Faculty member.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Summer 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: 30 credits of Cognitive Science program. Approval of Program Director. CGPA >3.00
    • Note: The student must find a Faculty research advisor in the Department of Linguistics, Philosophy, Physiology or Psychology, or the School of Computer Science. A research proposal worked out with the research advisor requires approval of the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. The research will be reported in a scholarly paper to be evaluated by the research advisor and a second reader appointed by the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. COGS 401 is not a prerequisite to COGS 402. Thus the 2 courses can be done in any order, although a student may take only one of them.
  • COGS 402 Research Cognitive Science 2 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Arts & Science Admin (Shared) (Interfaculty, B.A. & Sc.)

    Overview

    Cognitive Science : Research project supervised by a McGill Faculty member.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: 30 credits of Cognitive Science program. Approval of Program Director. CGPA >3.00.
    • Note: The student must find a Faculty research advisor in the Department of Linguistics, Philosophy, Physiology or Psychology, or the School of Computer Science. A research proposal worked out with the research advisor requires approval of the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. The research will be reported in a scholarly paper to be evaluated by the research advisor and a second reader appointed by the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. COGS 401 is not a prerequisite to COGS 402. Thus the two courses can be done in any order, although a student may take only one of them.
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