BCSC 111: Syllabus

Fall 2022

Time & Location

Tue/Thu | 3:25 PM - 4:40 PM
Room: Hutchison Hall 141


Instructor: Dr. Chung-Lin Martin Yang

Office: Meliora Hall 322
Mon/Wed 2:30 – 3:30pm in person and on Zoom
(Masking is greatly appreciated if you come to my office for in-person office hours.)

Graduate TA: Yelin Dong

Graduate TA: Sanjana Kapisthalam

Undergraduate TA: David Alexander

Undergraduate TA: Torrie Welch

Undergraduate TA: Yutiancheng Yang

TA Office hours:
Yelin Thursday 2-3pm @ Graduate cubicle in the BCS suite on the 3rd floor
Sanjana: Friday 12 – 1pm @ Meliora 268
David: Friday 4-5pm, Meliora 301B
Torrie: Friday 10:30-11:30am @ Meliora 324
Yutiancheng: Wednesday 6 - 7pm @Carlson StudioX Collaboration Room A
Study group (optional): Wednesday 4 - 5:15pm (starting Sept. 21st), Dewey 1-160A

Course Description

The goal of this course is to introduce you the field of cognitive science, with a strong focus on cognitive psychology. Topics to be covered in this course include a brief history of cognitive science, memory, attention, cognitive development, cognitive neuroscience, language, individual differences, and cultural factors.

This course follows the College credit hour policy for four-credit courses. This course meets twice weekly for 3 academic hours per week. The course also includes independent out-of-class assignments (complete the required readings) for at least 1 academic hour per week.

Required Readings

Cognitive Psychology: In and Out of the Laboratory, 6e by Galotti. Supplemental readings will be posted on Blackboard. Please check the course site regularly. Announcements will also be made when new materials are posted.

Course Requirements

  1. Participation (10%): Active participation in discussions is expected, some of which may require you to turn in a short summary or post something on Blackboard. The basic info survey is worth 1%. Each graded discussion is worth 2.25% of the course grade. There will be 4 graded discussions (only graded as complete/incomplete) throughout the semester.
    If you have any questions about the course materials or lecture, please do feel free to ask for clarification in class, ask us after class, email us, or come to our office hours. We are all friendly and eager to help!
  2. Quizzes (22%; 5.5% each): Four closed-book quizzes, which include multiplechoice and true/false questions, will be administered on Blackboard in class (in person). Please bring your laptop or tablet (no smartphones!) to take the quizzes only in our regular lecture hall. (Blackboard will record your IP address!) The purpose of these quizzes is to assess how much you understand the course topics and readings.
  3. Homework Assignments (18%; 6% each): Due dates can be found in the course schedule below. Late submission will NOT be accepted unless you have medical or family emergencies (documentation required, except for COVID or COVID-like and flu symptoms/illnesses).
  4. Midterm (25%) and final (25%): A paper closed-book midterm and final exam will be administered in class in person. The dates can be found in the class schedule. The final exam is NOT cumulative. Study guides will be provided and posted on Blackboard.

Class Policies

  1. Academic misconduct: All assignments, tests, and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester's Academic Honesty Policy and the Student Code of Conduct (PDF). Plagiarism, cheating, data fabrication and any form of academic misconduct will be reported following the guidelines set by the University.
    • Proper use of the digital platforms (e.g., Blackboard, Poll Everywhere, and Zoom): please be respectful when you post your comments/questions online or respond to the polls and activities.
  2. Special accommodation: If you need special accommodation, please let the course instructor and TAs know. We will do our best to suit your needs. Documentations are required (except for COVID or COVID-like and flu symptoms/illnesses) for make-up tests and late assignments. Otherwise, late assignments won’t be accepted.
  3. Please keep track of your own grades throughout the semester and let us know if you have any questions.
  4. Mobile devices Please silence your mobile devices. Cellphone/smartphone use is only allowed for responding to the in-class polls/activities. Video games or any other entertainment devices are not permitted while class is in session.
  5. Email communication: when you email me, please put the course number [BCS111] in the subject line so that I know which class you’re in.
  6. COVID-related policy:
    1. Please follow the masking guidelines set by the University. These requirements help protect everyone in the class. A COVID-19 Concern Report will be filed for anyone who fails to comply with these requirements, which can result in disciplinary actions through the Student Code of Conduct.
    2. If you are not feeling well (even just with some mild symptoms), are waiting for COVID test results, have been in close contact with COVID patients, or need to take care of someone, just let me know by sending me an email. We can discuss how to make up your missed work. If you suspect that you might have COVID, please carefully follow the instructions and procedures to report to the UHS.


  1. If you have any questions about the grades you received, please go to one of the TAs first.
  2. The final grades will be based on the following scale:
    • A 93 -100
    • A- 90 - 92
    • B+ 87 - 89
    • B 83 – 86
    • B- 80 - 82
    • C+ 77 – 79
    • C 73 – 76
    • C- 70 – 72
    • D+ 67 – 69
    • D 63 – 66
    • D- 60 – 62
    • E below 60