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SX1006: THE MIND MACHINE - SIXTH CENTURY COURSE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 Aug 2021 09:31


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, creativity, and the power of the brain over disease

• assessments types are varied to increase the scope and diversity of the module design, and the transferable skills it delivers

• taken together this 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Stephen N. Davies

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course explores some of the most intriguing issues regarding our favourite organ, the brain. Topics include: the lessons that brain lesions tell us about how the the brain works; exploring the links between altered states of mind and creativity; the nature of consciousness and free will; how we learn, use, and lose, language; and the healing power of the mind. Students will approach these questions from biological, linguistic, historical and philosophical perspectives


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 Seminar during University week9
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive written feedback on all continuous assessment.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandRecognise the power of the brain in controlling the physical health of the body.
ProceduralEvaluateDebate current issues concerning the concept of free will.
FactualRememberRecognise that different parts of the brain are associated with specific functions.
ReflectionCreateDemonstrate the product of your own creative brain.
FactualRememberRecognise some of the theories regarding how we develop the ability to speak, and the symptoms and compensations adopted when people lose it.

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