Course Descriptions

Core Courses

ACN 6330 (HCS 6330) Cognitive Science (3 semester hours) Human information processing in perception, attention, memory, thought, and language. (3-0) Y
ACN 6340  (HCS 6340) Cellular Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Basic neural biology and physiology and principles of synaptic transmission. (3-0) Y
ACN 6345 (HCS 6345) Cognitive Science II (3 semester hours) Theories and phenomena of motor control systems, heuristics of judgment and decision making, parallel distributed processing, and artificial intelligence. (3-0) Y
ACN 6346 (HCS 6346) Integrative Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Integrative systems level study of the nervous system. Aspects of neural mechanisms and circuitry underlying regulation of motor behaviors, sensory and perceptual processing, biological homeostasis, and higher cognitive functions. (3-0) Y

Laboratory Courses

ACN 5314 (HCS 5314) Cognitive and Neural Modeling Lab (3 semester hours) Auto-associative, associative, competitive learning, recurrent, and back-propagation artificial neural network algorithms in a “hands-on” micro-computer laboratory environment using special simulation software. Applications to perceptual, cognitive, computational, and neuroscience problems. (3-0) T
ACN 6312 (HCS 6312) Research Methods in Human Development and Communication Sciences - Part I (3 semester hours). Applying, understanding, and interpreting various statistical techniques in behavioral science context. Participants have the opportunity to learn appropriate statistical details for basic descriptive and inferential statistics, the interrelationships among techniques, and computer skills required for data analyses. (3-0) Y
ACN 6313 (HCS 6313) Research Methods in Human Development and Communication Sciences - Part II (3 semester hours). Topics in general linear modeling including factorial analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, between and within subject designs, and multiple regression. Prerequisite: ACN 6312 or consent of instructor. (3-0) Y
ACN 6315 (HCS 6315) Grant Writing for Researchers (3 semester hours). Identifying funding sources appropriate to research needs, formulating a research plan, generating specific aims and a methodological design to address those aims, presentation of preliminary results to show the feasibility of the proposed work, and use of appropriate reference citations. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (3-0 ) Y
ACN 6343 Human Computer Interactions Lab (3 semester hours) Provides students with resources to learn and perform hands-on lab-based techniques such as usability testing and cognitive walkthroughs. (3-0) T
ACN 6373 (HCS 6373) Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring I (3 semester hours). The anatomical and physiological basis for the use of electrophysiological techniques in intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring and in diagnosis of disorders affecting the nervous system. (3-0) Y
ACN 6374 (HCS 6374) Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Part II (3 semester hours). The use of recordings of neuro-electric brain potentials and their interpretation for diagnostic purposes and for intraoperative monitoring. (3-0) Y. Prerequisite: ACN 6373 (HCS 6373)
ACN 7322 Computational Models of Language Understanding (3 semester hours). Probabilistic methods for natural language understanding. Use of the MATLAB computer language for instantiating specific knowledge-based computational theories of natural language understanding. (3-0) T
ACN 7335 Computational Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Introduction to state-of-the-art computer methods for simulation of biologically realistic neuronal dynamics. Students must demonstrate some degree of computer skills. (3-0) R
ACN 7345 (HCS 7345) Neuroanatomy Laboratory (3 semester hours). Laboratory experience with neural tracing techniques employed in neuroscience research. Prerequisite: HCS 7344 or consent of instructor. (3-0) T
ACN 7357 Research Methods for Communicative and Language Interactions (3 semester hours). Topics in research methodologies for collecting and analyzing language data including case-study analyses, naturalistic observation, protocol data analysis, coding and transcription methods. (3-0) T
ACN 7367 (HCN 7367) Speech Perception Laboratory (3 semester hours) Introduction to the field of speech processing by computer, with primary application to research techniques in the study of speech perception. (0-9) T
ACN 7378 (HCS 7378) Advanced Neurophysiology Methods (3 semester hours). Hands-on experience with deeply anesthetized and reduced in vitro brainslice or dissociated cell preparations widely used in neuroscientific research. Prerequisite: ACN 6340 and consent of instructor. (3-0) R

Elective and Specialization Area Courses

Note that the following list only represents a subset of the possible approved elective and specialization area courses. Students in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience program should select their elective and specialization area coursework in consultation with their faculty advisor or program head.

ACN 6V81 Special Topics in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience (1-9 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. ([1-9]-0) S
ACN 6332 Perception (3 semester hours) Psychophysical, neurophysiological, and computational foundations of sensation and perception. Basic senses of vision, audition, chemoreception, and tactile processing, with emphasis on understanding the processes that take us from neurons to perception and action. (3-0) T
ACN 6333 Memory (3 semester hours) Theoretical frameworks for knowledge acquisition and representation. Includes information processing and neuropsychological perspectives. (3-0) T
ACN 6334 Attention (3 semester hours) Theory and evidence on the study of attention especially in human vision and audition. Includes perceptual learning, information processing, and neuropsychological approaches. (3-0) T
ACN 6341 Human Computer Interactions I (3 semester hours) Methods and principles of human-computer interaction (HCI) , user-centered design (UCD) , and useability evaluation. Provides broad overview of HCI and how HCI informs UCD processes throughout product development lifecycle. (3-0) T
ACN 6342 Human Computer Interactions II (3 semester hours) Detailed exploration of human-computer interaction (HCI) through readings in journal articles and research reports. Practical experience in methodology typically used in the design of usable systems. (3-0) T
ACN 6347 (HCS 6347) Intelligent Systems Analysis (3 semester hours). Mathematical tools for investigating the asymptotic behavior of both deterministic and stochastic nonlinear dynamical systems. Topics include: artificial neural network architectures, Lyapunov stability theory, stochastic approximation theory. Applications to artificial neural network models of brain and behavior. Prerequisite: ACN 6348 (or consent of instructor) (3-0) T
ACN 6348 Neural Net Mathematics (3 semester hours). Vector calculus and vector calculus-based probability theory with artificial neural network modeling applications. Intended to provide mathematics preparation for ACN 6347 and CAN 6349. Prerequisites: Linear algebra, multivariable calculus, STAT 5351, ACN 5314, or consent of instructor. (3-0) T
ACN 6349 Intelligent Systems Design (3 semester hours). Mathematical tools for the design and evaluation of artificially intelligent deterministic and stochastic nonlinear dynamical systems. Topics include: nonlinear optimization theory, Markov random fields, asymptotic statistical theory. Applications to theory and model construction in the behavioral and brain sciences as well as the field of artificial intelligence. Prerequisites: ACN 6347 (or consent of instructor). (3-0) T
ACN 7344 Functional Human Neuroanatomy (3 semester hours) Function of each major brain system as related to the organization and synaptic connections of their principal nuclei. Function of each system related to the neurological disorders associated with disease or lesions at specific locations. (3-0) T


ACN 7V71 Industry Internship May be repeated for credit.  ([1-6]-0) S
ACN 7V72 Research Internship May be repeated for credit. ([1-6]-0) S