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Introduction to the Cognitive Sciences

Level of Study

Bachelor level

Teaching semester

Autumn

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:

Knowledge

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.

Skills

The student

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

Required Previous Knowledge

None.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

None.

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.

Contact

Contact Information

Advice@info.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. Autumn 2020 written exams will be arranged either at home or on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: Written exam and semesterassignment

    Withdrawal deadline
    22.10.2020
    • Exam part: Written Exam

      Date
      08.12.2020, 15:00
      Duration
      3 hours
    • Exam part: Semester Assignment

      Submission deadline
      12.11.2020, 14:00
      Examination system
      Inspera
      Digital exam