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Undergraduate course

Introduction to the Cognitive Sciences

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeKOGVIT101
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study

Bachelor level

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The purpose of this course is to give students at the bachelor's program in cognitive science a broad understanding of the field of cognitive science from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course discusses models of cognition that are based on empirical studies of human and artificial intelligence. We will look at models of knowledge representation, reasoning, learning, comprehension and use of natural language, perception, and consciousness as they relate to thinking. Furthermore, we look at how cognitive science has its roots in various subjects such as computer science, information science, linguistics, psychology and philosophy, and explore the relationship between formal- and psychological models of explanation. We will explore their common assumptions and how the connections between the subjects are established by cognitive science as an interdisciplinary research area.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge: The candidate

  • has an overview of how knowledge from computing, linguistics, psychology and philosophy can combine to give us an understanding of thinking.
  • understands how the other courses in the program contribute to cognitive science, and has a basis for specialization in the master degree.

Skills: the candidate

  • can reflect critically on issues that are central to cognitive science.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of programming and linguistics.

Access to the Course

Open to all students at the University of Bergen and to international exchange students.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, tutoring. (Normally two hours of lectures and two hours of group instruction per week for 10 weeks.)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory participation: Students must participate in class exercises. Attendance in seminar lab groups is mandatory (at least 80%).

Approved compulsory requirements are valid for the two following semesters.

Forms of Assessment

3 hour written examination (50%)

Semester assignment, individual (50%)

Grading Scale

The grading system has a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail.

Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester. Only students who have a valid document of absence will be entitled to take a new written exam the following semester.

Course Evaluation

KOGVIT101 is evaluated by students every three years, by the Department every year.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Spring 2020 written exams will not be arranged on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: Written exam and semesterassignment (New exam)

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written Exam

      25.02.2020, 09:00
      3 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Semester Assignment