spring 2021
PSY-2553 Cognitive Psychology and dissemination of science - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Type of course

The course is mandatory in the professional study in psychology and cannot be taken as single course.

Course overlap

PSY-1003 Cognitive psychology 10 stp
PSY-2554 Cognitive Psychology and dissemination of science 10 stp

Course content

The course provides an introduction to cognition and dissemination of science. The course should give knowledge of cognitive functions and mechanisms with particular emphasis on human basic cognitive processes and their weaknesses. This will be elaborated on implementation/replication of classic experiments, and through the oral presentation of these.

There are about 6 lectures related to the experiment/ practical exercises. In addition, an introduction on how to make a poster will be given

Dissemination is conducted through the poster work and oral presentations on a "student conference".

Objectives of the course

When the course is completed and passed the student has received the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge to:

  • Explain the cognitive mechanisms in attention, perception, memory, decision making, thinking and language
  • Explain the distortions in perception, memory and thinking and ways to test these
  • Know the factors for differences in cognition between people

Skills to:

  • Conduct a cognitive experiment
  • Create a scientific poster
  • Create the outline for an oral presentation

Competence to:

  • Plan, conduct and present an experiment, including
  • be able to explain the background of the experiment
  • defend the method
  • interpret the results
  • present the results precisely for a wide audience
  • to apply method skills (statistics) on an "own" experiment

Language of instruction

Lectures are in English

Exam can be answered in English or Norwegian

Teaching methods

There are three lectures and one poster session for each topic (5-6 topics). Feedback on the poster work will be provided. In addition to the classroom lectures, there are video lectures in Canvas on research ethics and how to make a poster.



Letter grade (A-F)

Two part exams  Part 1: Poster. The grading scheme for the poster will be announced at course start. Up to two students can create a poster together.

Part 2: 2-hour written exam

Part 1 counts 40% and part 2 counts 60% of the overall grade.

Both exams must be passed in order for the course to be passed.

There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course. Everything has to be repeated.


Coursework requirements:

Work requirements are participation in the practical exercises (4 hours) including being instructor for one experiment, and oral poster presentation

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: PSY-2553