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Undergraduate course

Introduction to the Cognitive Sciences

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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 behaviour and computer models of artificial intelligence. We will look at different theories of knowledge representation, reasoning, learning and comprehension, and explore how natural language, perception, and consciousness relate to thinking. Furthermore, we look at how cognitive science has its roots in various subjects such as computer science, mathematics, information science, linguistics, psychology and philosophy, and explore the relationship between formal- and psychological models of explanation.

Learning Outcomes

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


The student

  • has an overview of how knowledge from computing, mathematics, 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.


The student

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

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


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

All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester thesis and take-home examinatio

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Take-home examination

      Assignment handed out
      10.12.2021, 09:00
      Submission deadline
      10.12.2021, 12:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Semester Assignment

      Submission deadline
      19.11.2021, 14:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam