1. To introduce students to some of the established work in the field of neural computation.
  2. To highlight some contemporary issues within the domain of neural computation with regard to biologically-motivated computing particularly in relation to multidisciplinary research.
  3. To equip students with a broad overview of the field of evolutionary computation, placing it in a historical and scientific context.
  4. To emphasise the need to keep up-to-date in developing areas of science and technology and provide some skills necessary to achieve this.
  5. To enable students to make reasoned decisions about the engineering of evolutionary ("selectionist") systems.

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