Note: office hours begin the second week of classes (from 10/2/17)
|Meeting times||Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:50 am, starting
September 26, 2017
plus sections (beginning week 2)
|Description||An overview of the interdisciplinary study of cognition, information, communication, and language, with an emphasis on foundational issues: What are minds? What is computation? What are rationality and intelligence? Can we predict human behavior? Can computers be truly intelligent? Lectures focus on how the methods of philosophy, mathematics, empirical research, and computational modeling are used to study minds and machines. Undergraduates considering a major in Symbolic Systems should take this course as early as possible in their program of study.|
|Contact information||For most course-related inquiries, your first point of contact will be your teaching assistant. For general inquiries use Piazza. Also be mindful when using Piazza to not post explicit answers to questions in the problem sets, or, whenever necessary, do so as a "private" post that is only visible to the TAs and course instructor. Piazza link: piazza.com/stanford/fall2017/symsys1. Except in case of emergency or sensitive personal issues, do not email the instructor directly.|
|Beginning with the
Class of 2018, students must take this course before
being approved to declare Symbolic
Systems as a major. All students interested in
studying Symbolic Systems are urged to take this course
early in their student careers. The course material and
presentation will be at an introductory level, without prerequisites.
|Assignments||There will be weekly assignments, starting the second Friday (October 6) and due every Friday thereafter. All assignments will be submitted via Canvas. See the assignment schedule on Canvas for details.|
||Sections meet every week beginning the second week of class, on Monday October 3. They will cover the material presented in the previous week's lectures. Section attendance constitutes 9% of your final grade (1% per section.
Important! Only sign up for Sections on CANVAS! (Do NOT sign up for sections on Axess!)
Signup window for sections on CANVAS will be announced sometime during 1st week.
Students should do all assigned readings in advance of the class for which they are assigned. This is crucial for success in the class, and lectures will assume prior familiarity with the contents of the readings. The readings will be drawn from two sources:
|Course contract: electronics in class
||By enrolling in "Minds & Machines", you are signing up for the following contract: No laptop computers, smartphones, iPads, or other internet-enabled devices during class meetings. Students should bring a notebook/notepad and pen/pencil to class for note-taking purposes, as well as the course reader or Hillis book as applicable. This contract has been created in response to a large body of educational research demonstrating that laptop and phone use in class is detrimental to learning. We will discuss this research further in the first course meeting.|
||The breakdown will be as follows:
The final exam will be released the last day of class, December 7, at 5PM. It will be due exactly one week later, on December 14 at 5PM. No late finals will be accepted.
Late policy. Every student gets two penalty-free late days total for the quarter (Weekly assignments only, not the Final), where a day is charged for lateness between 0 and 24 hours after the time the assignment is due. After the two late days are used, a penalty of 25% per day off of the total score will be charged, based on the timestamp of the submitted assignment, e.g. an assignment with a score of 100 turned in 24 hours and 1 minute late after both free late days have been used up will be given a score of 50 for grading purposes.
|Students with Documented Disabilities
||Students who may need an academic
accommodation based on the impact of a disability must
initiate the request with the Office of Accessible
Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate
the request with required documentation, recommend
reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation
Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which
the request is being made. Students should contact the OAE
as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to
coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563
Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066, URL: http://oae.stanford.edu).
|Collaboration & plagiarism policy
||All work submitted should be exclusively your own, unless you have explicitly been assigned to a group for a specific project. You may discuss homework questions verbally, but you may not share any written documents pertaining to homework questions, including emails, draft answers, etc.
You should also consult Stanford's plagiarism policy carefully. If you use ideas from someone else, you should cite a source. If you use someone else's words, you should indicate this by using a quotation and citing a source.
Failure to follow the plagiarism policy is a serious offense and can lead to major sanctions, including failing the class and official sanctions through the Office of Community Standards.
|Preliminary Schedule (There Will Be Changes!)