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SX1006: THE MIND MACHINE (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • this 6th century course considers brain and mind from a variety of cross-disciplinary perspectives, with teaching delivered in an interactive and innovative manner; 
  • the themes covered in the course include elementary brain structure and function, language, consciousness, and creativity; 
  • assessments types are varied to increase the scope and diversity of the module design, and the transferable skills it delivers; 
  • taken together this novel and exciting course enhances curricular breadth, develops graduate attributes and widens perspectives beyond discipline boundaries in a unique and dynamic manner as we explore this fascinating subject  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Stephen Davies

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course explores some of the most intriguing issues regarding the complex relationships between the mind and the brain. Topics include brain parts and what they do; understanding savants, insanity and creativity; the nature of consciousness and language; the healing power of the mind/brain; and creativity, mind and madness. Students will be exposed to different methods for appreciating these questions from biological, lingusitic, historical and philosophical perspectives.

Further Information & Notes

This course is only available to students registered in Programme Years 1 and 2. Attendance at sixth century courses is compulsory. Students who do not attend all classes (including lectures) for a sixth century course, without exceptional cause, will not pass the engagement component of the course and will therefore fail the course.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 7 - 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment, including assessments for each of the themes (100%). Students must submit all assessments in order to pass the course. 

Students will have the opportunity to submit/resubmit any assessment missed or failed.

Resit: Submission/resubmission of work not previously submitted or submitted and failed.

Formative Assessment

A subset of the workshops are assessed for formative purposes.


Students will receive written feedback on all continuous assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes


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