School of Psychology

Intelligence in Animals and Machines (C1118)

Intelligence in Animals and Machines

Module C1118

Module details for 2014/15.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

The module will develop understanding of what it means for an animal or a machine to behave intelligently, and how brain and behavioural systems are adapted to enable an animal to cope effectively within its environment. We consider diverse aspects of intelligence including navigation and motor control, tool-use, language, memory and social skills. We ask how these are related to one another and how they are matched to the particular needs of animals and machines.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the meanings of the term intelligence, and an ability to critically evaluate experimental data and theoretical concepts in the field.

Synthesise research in animal cognition and the engineering of artificial intelligence and argue how these disciplines might inform one another

Present written and verbal accounts of specific aspects of the module subject matter based on independent reading of the primary scientific and engineering literature.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PortfolioT1 Week 7 50.00%
PortfolioA1 Week 1 50.00%
Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment70.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture2 hours101110111110
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours000001000001
Autumn SemesterWorkshop3 hours010000000000

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Paul Graham

Assess convenor, Convenor

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