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Individual project in cognitive science, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Individuellt projektarbete i kognitionsvetenskap

This syllabus is valid: 2013-09-30 valid to 2013-10-06 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2KO020

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Cognitive Science: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Psychology

Established by: Head of Department of Psychology, 2013-09-30


In the course, students will plan and organize a cognitive science project implemented with a supervisor at a company, organization or within a research project. Students will apply knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses on issues related to cognitive science.

The project should have a specific contact person and should be done in collaboration with the employees of the company / organization / research project. Students shall during the time of the project maintain individual documentation which is then used as a basis for their final presentation. The individual documentation shall be submitted to the supervisor.

Expected learning outcomes

The student should after the course be able to:
  • plan, organize and carry out a project in cognitive science
  • apply their cognitive skills and experiences in a project
  • seek out and acquire knowledge relevant to the project
  • actively participate in a project group
  • administer and document project work
  • present results in both oral and written form
  • critically examine cognitive science project

Required Knowledge

Admission to the course requires the successful completion of the following mandatory courses within the Masters Programme in Cognitive Science: Scientific Perspectives and Research Design, 7,5 hp; Brain Imaging, 7,5 hp; The problem of consciousness: Philosophical and empirical aspects 7,5 hp; Language, Brain and Cognition, 7,5 hp; Higher Cognitive Functions, 7,5 hp; Theoretical Perspectives in Cognitive Science, 7,5 hp.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English A.

Form of instruction

During the first week lectures are given about project formulation and the fundamentals of the project process. A project, which will include three weeks of full time work, is then performed with a supervisor and contact person at a company, organization or project.

The course concludes with an oral presentation of the project. In addition, a written record of the project work is submitted with a written self-reflection over the student's own performance and learned lessons from the project work.

The project plan, concluding project presentation and self-reflection and documentation are required and hence graded elements.

Examination modes

Examination takes place continuously via the approval of the advancement through the different stages of the course. The graded elements are the project plan, project work, presentation at the conclusion of the project, the critical review of another student’s project and written self-reflection. In the project plan and the project work can get the grades Pass (G) or Fail (U). The three other graded elements, Presentation, Critiquing and Self-reflection, can get the grades Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG). The grade for the course as a whole is based on a composite assessment of all graded elements so that for a Pass with Distinction (VG) for the entire course a Pass with Distinction (VG) on two of the graded elements and Pass (G) on the other is required. To pass (G), the course requires that all graded elements have been approved.
Students who did not receive approval of mandatory graded elements are entitled to additional examination as dictated by the University’s rules. The student has the right to be examined according to the course plan in force at the time of registration for a maximum of two years. Students are entitled to five attempts at an exam within that two year period. A student who twice failed an examination is entitled to request that the department’s Head of Undergraduate Studies appoint another examiner to determine the grade.
For more information, see "Rules and Guidelines for review and examination", ref: 500-4-05.

Other regulations

Students may apply for accreditation of all or part of a course based on previously completed education or profession. A decision to refuse a credit transfer in whole or in part will be made in writing. It is possible to appeal refusal to the University Appeals Board.

For more information contact Student Services / Degree Evaluation Office.


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