Cognitive Science Spring 2021

Southern Arkansas Magnolia / Modified: 2021-03-11 (11:57 am CST)
Online Course

Questions? (See student's questions and my answers here)

Algorithms are this year's theme

  • Every year I pick a technological theme for the course. This year it's algorithms. You must look at the links below. There will be test questions on the theme of algorithms.
Black Box Algorithms Masked Facial Recognition AI, Machine & Deep Learning (video)
NYC To Regulate Hiring Algorithms Detecting Lead in Pipes Robot Fish (video) Real Fish
Make FB Algorithm work for you Notes on Nuñez et al.

Spot now has an arm (video)

LDNOOBW AI's list of bad words Al-Khwarizmi (video) What is an algorithm?
Tiberius: Covid Vaccine Algorithm Gig Workers Gather Their Own Data to Check Algorithm's Math  

See Your Classmates HERE

History of Cognitive Science Course at SAU

This page is a another redesign of my old CS pages. The last version was inspired by a textbook proposal I made and by the reviews I received from it. The main change then was to spend the first part of the course learning about the various disciplines that led to cognitive science (CS). This current version will use the first portions of last year's page, but will revert back to Applied Cognitive Science for the second half of the course. Because CS has many parents it is important to understand the forces that led to its creation. After, we will spend time looking at CS's applied areas (e.g., vision, interfaces, e-commerce, language, hypermedia & multimedia, usability, and encryption). job site, check it algorithms (207), machine learning (347), or deep learning (38) as of 1/08/2021
I will teach this course using online materials. There will be five tests on BlackBoard. The tests will be open notes and you may search online resources as well. The tests will not be timed and will be open until very near the end of the semester. However, it would be a mistake on your part to delay taking them until then. I will drop your lowest score.






Introduction to Cognitive Science

Kardas Introduction


Psychology and CS

MLK Day 1/18, no class

Kardas Psychology


Biology and CS Kardas Biology (Test 1)


Language/Linguistics and CS Kardas Language & Linguistics


Philosophy and CS
Kardas Philosophy


Computer Science and CS Kardas Computer Science


Social Science and CS Kardas Social Science (Test 2)







Kardas Vision



Interfaces (Test 3)


3/22 E-commerce Kardas e-Commerce


Drop Day is 31 March

Kardas Hypermedia/Multimedia (Test 4)
4/5 Usability Kardas Usability


Encryption and Privacy

Kardas Encryption and Privacy


Algorithms: one short answer question from-Masked Facial Recognition





  Final Exam (Test 5)

Credit Hours: As required by federal law, CREDIT HOURS (not grades) are earned by: attending class (33%), making class presentations (33%), preparing for and taking tests (33%).

Academic Integrity:
The mission of Southern Arkansas University empowers all members of the University community to develop and encourage learning environments that create, expand, acquire, share, evaluate, and communicate knowledge. Academic integrity at SAU is an organizational and individual responsibility to honesty in all learning experiences. Students, faculty, and staff share responsibility for maintaining the highest standards for academic integrity. This policy focuses on the academic integrity in course-related work, its basis and context is applicable to all.

Any act of dishonesty in academic work constitutes academic misconduct and is subject to disciplinary action. Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism and cheating.

For detailed information on academic integrity, read page 36 of the SAU 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog.

Disability Support Services:
It is the policy of Southern Arkansas University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal law, state law, and the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunities. Any student with a disability who needs accommodation should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. Students with disabilities are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, which is located in the Reynolds Center.

Contact Information:
Edward P. Kardas, Peace 109 (am); Nelson 200 (pm);; 870 235-4231

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