Graduate Calendar Archives: 2004 / 2005
Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies
Director of the Institute: Katherine Arnup
The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a program of study and research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science.
The Schools of Computer Science and Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, and the Departments of Psychology and Philosophy participate in the doctoral program.
Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary approach to human and artificial cognition, seeking to integrate experimental, computational, neuroscientific, linguistic theoretical, and philosophical approaches to cognition into a single, unified theory. At Carleton, students in the cognitive science Ph.D. program are expected to draw on and integrate work from at least three of these approaches. The Carleton program has strength in cognition/world interaction, cognitive development, mathematical cognition, cognitive and computational modeling, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, philosophy of mind and language, symbolic and nonsymbolic artificial intelligence, and some areas of experimental and computational neuroscience.Members of the Cognitive Science Doctoral Program
The requirements for admission into the Ph.D. program is a master's degree (or the equivalent) from one of the participating disciplines, an Honours degree from a participating discipline, a combined Honours degree (or the equivalent) from two of the participating disciplines or an Honours degree in cognitive science. Students with an Honours bachelor's degree from another discipline with a significant focus on cognition may also apply. An average of at least A- in courses in cognition is normally required.
Applicants with a master's degree are normally admitted to a 10.0-credit program while applicants with a bachelor's degree are admitted to a 15.0 credit program.
Students eligible for admission to the 10.0 -credit program but with deficiencies may be required to take additional courses. In some circumstances, these students will be admitted to the 15.0-credit program. Students admitted to the 15.0-credit program may have some requirements waived based on courses in cognition already completed.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate a fluent knowledge of English. This is normally satisfied by passing a TOEFL test with a score of 580 or better, or 70 on the CAEL. (See the Proficiency in English section in the General Regulations of this Calendar.)
To be admitted, a candidate must submit a description of his or her proposed area of thesis research and a member of the core faculty must indicate in writing that he or she is willing to supervise the student.
Program requirements for the Ph.D. degree are outlined in the General Regulations section of this Calendar.
The requirements of the doctoral program are:
Program to be selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
Each year in April or May a student Cognitive Science Ph.D. Conference takes place. The Conference is devoted to new student research done during the year. All 1st and 2nd year students must present. Other students may present if they have new research and there is room on the program.
In addition, students in the 15.0-credit doctoral program in cognitive science must successfully complete:
Students with a strong background in any of these required areas may apply to be exempted.
Any student planning a dissertation with an applied cognitive emphasis is required to work for at least one term at a facility approved by the student's research supervisor and the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. Such a facility may include any institution, governmental laboratory, corporation, hospital or educational centre conducting research in the area of the student's specialization. Students should complete this work while registered in either the Methodology Rotation (CGSC 6905) or the Ph.D. Thesis (CGSC 6909).
The methodology rotation consists of three parts. Students spend one term each in three laboratories or other research venues using three different methods for studying cognition (behavioural, linguistic-theoretic, computational, conceptual, neuroscientific).
The purpose of the methodology rotation is to give students sufficient background in three different approaches to cognition to allow the student to use work from these approaches in his or her own research.
Assignments will be as specified by each rotation supervisor. Each rotation will be graded separately by the supervisor, Passed with Distinction (PWD)/Satisfactory(S)/Unsatisfactory (U). The grade for the course will be the most frequent passing grade. In the event of a grade of U the student may repeat a rotation only once.
Prospectus, Comprehensive Examination, Thesis and Defense
When a student is ready to begin work on a thesis (dissertation), the Director of Graduate Studies appoints a dissertation committee which must have at least three members from two different approaches to cognition, including the advisor or co-advisors plus the Director of the Cognitive Science doctoral program ex officio. Preparation of the thesis has two stages. First the student prepares a prospectus, which is examined at a comprehensive examination on the subject matter of the thesis. Then the student prepares the thesis, which is defended at a public oral examination. Specifically:
The prospectus must describe the proposed research and review the relevant literature in the field of the research. The research proposal must be sufficiently detailed to allow the examining committee to judge the likelihood of a successful dissertation ensuing from it. Preparation of the prospectus will follow the practices common in the advisor's area of research. The committee may add further requirements.
The prospectus is examined orally by a board consisting of the members of the dissertation committee. The committee may add further examiners. The examination is a comprehensive examination of the thesis subject matter, to ensure that the student has a sound understanding of the context of his or her proposed research, and of appropriate methods, ethical considerations, and so on. The examining board will also consider the research that the student is proposing, which must be of sufficiently high quality and described in sufficient detail to allow the committee to judge whether, if completed successfully, it would be likely that the student would be awarded the degree. Should a student fail the comprehensive exam or his or her prospectus is unacceptable, the student may resubmit the prospectus and be reexamined once.
The completed thesis is examined orally by an examining board consisting at minimum of the dissertation committee, an examiner at arm's length to the project from within Carleton (the 'internal external') and an examiner from another university who is at arm's length to the student and the committee and who is a recognized expert in the area of the dissertation. All university regulations apply.
All Ph.D. candidates must be registered full-time in a minimum of six terms to satisfy the residence requirement (nine terms in the case of a 15.0- credit program).
A second language is required when relevant to the student's program of research. Whether a second language is required and the level of proficiency expected is determined at the time of admission, based on the student's description of his or her proposed area of thesis research.
Guidelines for Completion of thePh.D. Degree
Whether in the 15.0-credit or 10.0-credit program, students admitted in the same year enrol in CGSC 6800 Proseminar and CGSC 6001 Theories and Methods of Cognitive Science together in their first year. The research requirements in first and second year apply to all students. Students in the 10.0-credit program must make substantial progress on the methodology rotations in their second year, students in the 15.0-credit program in their third year. Students should allow two to three years to prepare their dissertation after all course work and the methodology rotations are complete. Thus, students in the 10.0-credit program can expect to take five years to finish, students in the 15.0-credit program, six years.
Not all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for 2004-2005 and to determine the term of offering, consult the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet, published in the summer and also available online at www.carleton.ca/cu/programs/sched_dates/
Course Designation System
Carleton's course designation system has been restructured. The first entry of each course description below is the new alphanumeric Carleton course code, followed by its credit value in brackets. The old Carleton course number (in parentheses) is included for reference, where applicable.
The purpose of an area seminar is to offer an advanced survey of one of the four participating disciplines.
Selection of Courses in RelatedDisciplines
Students may register in courses in the area of cognition offered by any of the participating departments, including Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics, and Philosophy. Students may also register in courses offered by the University of Ottawa, subject to the General Regulations. Please note that not all courses are offered every year and some courses have limited enrolment. Students are advised to consult the Institute for scheduling details.
Courses with a four-letter prefix are Carleton University courses; those with a three-letter prefix are University of Ottawa courses.
COMP 5005 (CSI 5390)COMP 5006 (CSI 5306)COMP 5100 (CSI 5180)COMP 5206 (CSI 5183)COMP 5807 (CSI 5104)COMP 6604 (CSI 7162)COMP 6901 (CSI 7901)
COMP 5601 (CSI 5101)
CSI 5162 (COMP 5702)
CSI 5181 (COMP 5705)
CSI 5184 (COMP 5804)
CSI 5304 (COMP 5602)
CSI 5386 (COMP 5505)
CSI 5387 (COMP 5706)
CSI 5388 (COMP 5801)
CSI 5510 (COMP 5707)
CSI 5580 (COMP 5100)
Cognitive PsychologyPSYC 5403, PSYC 5407, PSYC 5700,PSYC 5703, PSYC 5704, PSYC 6601,PSYC 6602, PSYC 6603, PSYC 6700
Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
LALS 5405, LALS 5601, LALS 5604, LALS 5701, LALS 5902, LALS 5907
LIN 5915 Phonology I
LIN 5917 Syntax I
LIN 5918 Semantics I
LIN 6915 Phonology II
LIN 6917 Syntax II: Verb Syntax, Cases and Clitics
LIN 7901 Psycholinguistics I
LIN 7951 Topics in Applied Linguistics
PHIL 5200, PHIL 5104, PHIL 5105, PHIL 5204, PHIL 5205, PHIL 5304, PHIL 5305