M.Sc. in Cognitive Systems

Open University Of Cyprus

Program Description

M.Sc. in Cognitive Systems

Open University Of Cyprus

Joint degree by the Open University of Cyprus, School of Pure and Applied Sciences and the University of Cyprus, Department of Psychology and Department of Computer Science. Since the inception of the computing paradigm, the prevalent metaphor for a computer has been that of a multi-purpose tool, as exemplified by the use of “command lines” and “desktops” at the interface between humans and computers. The unparalleled prevalence of computing-enabled devices in our everyday lives and the widespread access to information over the Web suggests a more apt metaphor for a modern computer, that of an assistant. Humans no longer use, but rather collaborate with their devices to solve a cognitive task, with each party learning and adapting to the capabilities of the other. Communication and decision-making happen at a level that is transparent to, and cognitively-compatible with, human abilities and limitations. One no longer speaks of human-computer interaction, but of human-computer symbiosis. To teach the new paradigm of cognitive computing, the M.Sc. Program in Cognitive Systems brings together two main scientific areas: Cognitive Psychology, and Artificial Intelligence in Computer Science. Aiming, on the one hand, for the prospective students to understand the basis for human cognition, the Program is strongly influenced by Cognitive Psychology and includes learning modules that explore the fundamentals of perception, learning, mental representation, and reasoning in humans. Aiming, on the other hand, for the prospective students to be able to design cognitive systems, the Program places its emphasis on the investigation of computational methods and tools for understanding and designing cognitive systems, and includes learning modules from Connectionist and Symbolic Artificial Intelligence, from Machine Learning, and learning modules on recent developments in Cognitive Computing. Courses are offered from both Cognitive Psychology (CP) and Computer Science (CS), organized in five main themes: Foundations, Perception, Learning, Reasoning, Systems.

Programme Structure

The Program consists of 120 ECTS units taught over four semesters of full-time study. Each course in the Program is 10 ECTS units, while an optional thesis (taken in the place of three courses) is 30 ECTS units. Students are required to take the three first courses under the Foundations theme (COS511, COS512, COS513), where at least the two introductory courses (COS511, COS512) are expected to be taken during the first semester. The remaining program comprises electives among all the other courses, as long as at least one-third of the courses come from Cognitive Psychology (CP), and one-third of the courses come from Computer Science (CS). It is advisable that at least one course is taken from each theme, to guarantee breadth of coverage. Typical selection of courses for full-time study, with emphasis on Cognitive Psychology:

Typical selection of courses for full-time study, with emphasis on Computer Science: Other course combinations are possible, subject to the offering of the courses each semester. It is expected that courses will be offered as follows, with the possibility of repeating some course offerings in both semesters: Fall Semester: Foundations, Reasoning; Spring Semester: Perception, Learning, Systems. Additional elective courses may be offered in the future, subject to sufficient demand. Students wishing to register for a certain number of courses and obtain a certificate of completion, without an interest in gaining the full degree, can opt to do so, with pro-rata tuition fees on the number of courses for which they choose to register. Modules Offered During the Academic Year 2017-2018: Fall Semester

  • COS511 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • COS512 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • COS513 Computational Intelligent Systems

Spring Semester

  • COS521 Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition
  • COS522 Learning and Memory in Humans
  • COS621 Experimental Psychology
  • COS623 Cognitive System Design

Method of Instruction Courses are taught in English using a blended distance learning methodology. Students have live online weekly meetings with their course instructors, which are recorded and available for offline viewing as well. Course forums are used to interact with the instructors asynchronously, and all relevant educational activities, course assignments, and submissions, etc., are done online via the course’s educational platform. Coursework includes biweekly assignments and class projects. Final exams are taken in-class, in specified locations in a student’s country of residence. Students also have the option of attending a summer camp in Cyprus.

Semester 1 Semester 2
COS511 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
COS512 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
COS513 Computational Intelligent Systems
COS521 Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition
COS522 Learning and Memory in Humans
COS523 Human Perception and Attention
Semester 3 Semester 4
COS611 Cognitive Modelling
COS612 Mental Representations and Reasoning
COS613 Cognitive Agents and Reasoning OR Thesis
COS621 Experimental Psychology
COS622 Cognitive Neuroscience OR Thesis
COS623 Cognitive System Design OR Thesis
Semester 1 Semester 2
COS511 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
COS512 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
COS513 Computational Intelligent Systems
COS521 Cognitive Knowledge Acquisition
COS522 Learning and Memory in Humans
COS524 Natural Language Processing
Semester 3 Semester 4
COS611 Cognitive Modelling
COS613 Cognitive Agents and Reasoning
COS614 Adaptive and Interactive Systems OR Thesis
COS621 Experimental Psychology OR Thesis
COS623 Cognitive System Design
COS624 IBM's Watson System OR Thesis
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 23, 2017
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This course is Online
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Sept. 2019
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2 years
Full time
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5,400 EUR
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Cyprus - Cyprus Online
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