Cognitive Science - Methods, 6 credits

Kognitionsvetenskaplig metod, 6 hp


Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Agneta Gulz

Course coordinator

Agneta Gulz

Director of studies or equivalent

Jalal Maleki
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Timetable module Language Campus ECV
F7MKS Master Programme in Cognitive Science 1 (Autumn 2019) 201944-202003 4 Swedish Linköping, Valla C

Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master Programme in Cognitive Science

Entry requirements

For admission to the course, the specific entry regulations that apply for admission to the master's education in Cognitive Science must be satisfied.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • account for central methods that are used in the cognitive science field
  • account for the strengths and weaknesses of these methods
  • account for the relevance that choice of method can have on carrying out a study in cognitive science
  • account for how results from different studies where different methods have been used can be integrated
  • discuss the problems that may be related to such integration
  • argue for the choice of appropriate method when a cognitive science issue should be studied.

Course content

The contents of the course address

  • the basic question what is a method within a scientific discipline?
  • Some of the central methods that will be used are, for example, computer modelling, questionnaires, interviews, simulations, formal proofs of mathematical or logical character, studies through observation and "grounded theory", but also other methods, such as eye-movement cameras and different neurological study techniques
  • The differences between different methods, for example qualitative and quantitative methods

Teaching and working methods

The teaching takes the form of seminars in small groups. Different methods are used in a smaller format in these seminars. The student should write an essay and is expected to work with self-study, independently or in groups. The student is expected to work actively by independently searching literature, to in an appropriate way supplement the compulsory reading list.


The course is examined through compulsory attendance in seminars and an essay, where one of the methods covered in the course is applied and discussed. Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för datavetenskap
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEM1 Compulsory Seminars 0 credits U, G
TENA Home examination 6 credits U, G, VG


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