Level of Study
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.
A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- 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.
- 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%)
The grading system has a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail.
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.
All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
Type of assessment: Semester thesis and take-home examinatio (New exam)
- Withdrawal deadline
Exam part: Take-home examination
- Assignment handed out
- 11.02.2021, 09:00
- Submission deadline
- 11.02.2021, 12:00
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Semester Assignment