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Cognitive Psychology 1, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Kognitionspsykologi 1

This syllabus is valid: 2018-01-01 valid to 2022-01-02 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2PS118

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Psychology: First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements

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

Responsible department: Department of Psychology

Established by: Head of Department of Psychology, 2015-10-05

Revised by: Head of Department of Psychology, 2017-11-20


Cognitive psychology studies how humans acquire, process, store and apply information. The course covers central theories, models, phenomena, and applications in perception, attention, memory, language, and thinking. Different research perspectives on intelligens  are discussed. The course further covers how cognitive abilities can be tested and studied in experiments.

Expected learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student is expected to:

Knowledge and understanding
·    be able to display basic knowledge of human cognitive functions
·    be able to display basic knowledge of methods used to study cognition

Skills and abilities
·    be able to perform simple tests of cognitive abilities
·    be able to communicate in English within the scientific area of the course

Evaluation ability and approach
·    be able to reason critically about different perspectives on intelligence


Required Knowledge

Mathematics 2a/2b/2c, Civics 1b/1a1+1a2, or Mathematics B, Civics A

Form of instruction

The teaching is situated on campus in the form of lectures, seminars/group exercises, and lab experiments. Attendance to lab experiments is mandatory. If the student fails to attend there will be a make-up lab or a written assignment. The learning platform Cambro is used to distribute information and to turn in assignments.

The right to receive teaching and supervision applies only during the time the course, for which the student is registered to, is ongoing. The is given in English.

Examination modes

The examination of the course consists of an individual written examination and written assignments. Presence of examining elements should be indicated in the schedule. All existing teaching within the course can be examined. Decisions on any deviations from the current form of assessment will be made by the relevant examiner.

The grade for the course / each part of the course will be assigned when the written test / tests and all mandatory elements are approved. The possible grades are ‘Pass with distinction’,’ Pass’ or ’Fail’. Students are entitled to rewrite the same examination five times (at least twice in the case of practice or clinical teaching or equivalent). Students who do not pass the regular examination should be provided an opportunity for further examination according to the University's "Regulations for tests and examinations at the undergraduate and graduate levels." A student who has failed two tests for a course or a part of a course, is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are specific reasons against it (HF 6 Chap. 22 §). Requests for new examiners are made to the head of the department of Psychology. Students have the right to be tested on the same curriculum as the regular examination at least two occasions up to two years after the first registration.

Transfer of credits
In order to transfer credits to a corresponding course at Umeå university, students have the right to submit previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in the profession for evaluation. Application for transfer of credits is submitted to the Student Centre / Examinations. More information on transfer of credits is available on Umeå University's student website,, and the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal for transfer of credits may be appealed against (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 12) to the University Appeals Board. This applies whether the entire application or part of the application for transfer of credits is refused

Other regulations

This course cannot be included in a Degree certificate if it overlaps with another course. In cases of doubt the student should turn to the student counsellor at the Department of Psychology or the programme coordinator for his/her programme. More specifically, this course cannot be included together with the cognitive psychology part of the course 2KO003, Biological and Cognitive Psychology, 15 credits.


Valid from: 2018 week 1

Cognitive psychology
Gilhooly K. J., Lyddy Fiona M., Pollick Frank
New York : McGraw-Hill : 2014. : xxi, 553 pages :
ISBN: 9780077122669 (paperback) :
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