Courses

Featured Courses - Fall 2017

DSGN 90 A00: Undergraduate Seminar

Field study methods practicum: How do designers really search?
Understanding how designers search for information (about designs, about product requirements, about materials, about tools) is a broad and interesting topic.  This class is an intensive class with a one-week field study that starts with understanding the pragmatics of doing field work from an ethnographic perspective, and then getting into the field for data collection, and ending up with analysis and presentation of the findings.  This is a soup-to-nuts class that gets you into the field, collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting ethnographic data to understand a real customer segment.  The last day of the class will be a presentation of your field results to a panel of experts, which will offer data collection, analysis, and presentation critiques.

COGS 143: Animal Cognition with Prof. Johnson

Review of historical perspectives: introspectionist, behaviorist, and cognitivist models. Examination of how perceptual and motor constraints and ecological demands yield species-specific differences in cognitive repertoire. Contemporary issues in the comparative study of the evolution of human cognition. 
Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

COGS 160: Civic Design with Prof. Dow (website)

This studio course explores how to design services for complex socio-technical systems. The class will follow a human-centered design process that includes user research, concept generation, prototyping, and refinement. Students will work in teams to design a solution to a civic challenge affecting people in the San Diego area. This will be a good course for intermediate to advanced design students who want to build up their portfolio and to practice their skills with sketching, storyboarding, prototyping, and evaluating services for complex settings. 
Prerequisite: students must have completed at least one prior project-based design or engineering course at UCSD (e.g., DSGN 1, DSGN 100, CSE 170/COGS 120, COGS 122...). Apply here.

COGS Course Offerings 2017-2018


DSGN Course Offerings 2017-2018


COGS 160s: Seminars in Special Topics - Fall 2017

COGS 160 (A00): Social Cognitive Development | Professor Gedeon Deák (website)  

This course is a mixed Practicum/Seminar course designed to provide hands-on experience in research on infancy and early childhood. Students learn skills and are assigned responsibilities based on the project to which they are assigned. Students also participate in a journal club and prepare brief end-of-quarter presentations and reports. It is a 3-quarter sequence. Content, skills, and responsibilities evolve and expand every quarter. Students work with a supervisor who oversees training and task progress. Pre-req: GPA of 3.3 or better, Commitment to this Cogs 160 for 3-quarter, permission of instructor based on interview and availability. Contact Dr. Deak for permission to enroll in this course.

COGS 160 (B00): Civic Design | Professor Steven Dow (website)

This studio course explores how to design services for complex socio-technical systems. The class will follow a human-centered design process that includes user research, concept generation, prototyping, and refinement. Students will work in teams to design a solution to a civic challenge effecting people in the San Diego area. This will be a good course for intermediate to advanced design students who want to build up their portfolio and to practice their skills with sketching, storyboarding, prototyping, and evaluating services for complex settings. As a prerequisite, students must have completed as least one prior project-based design or engineering course at UCSD (e.g., DSGN 1, DSGN 100, CSE 170/COGS 120, COGS 122...). Apply here.

Course Pre-Authorizations

All requests for COGS course pre-authorizations and pre-requisite override requests must be made through the UC San Diego Course Pre-authorization online form.

Undergraduate Advising

Walk-in Advising: 
8 - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Cognitive Science Building
First Floor, CSB 139 & 140


Virtual Advising: 
vac.ucsd.edu (current students)

ugradinfo@cogsci.ucsd.edu