Master thesis seminar 2-IKV-921

The purpose of this interdisciplinary course is to provide support to students writing their master thesis in the fields of cognitive science. Students are expected to develop the concept for their master’s thesis, present and discuss their plans for their theses, issues and problems. The course provides room both for presentations and discussions. It also includes participation in the MEi:CogSci conference.

Learning outcomes: After the course, you should be able to: (1) to formulate and follow a scientific question relevant to cognitive science, (2) to plan, conduct, document and present scientific work, (3) to write an extended scientific abstract, (4) to defend your research and constructively deal with critical commentary, (5) to constructively participate in a peer-review process, (6) to get involved in collaborative work in physical and virtual environments, (7) to engage in scientific discourse, (8) to communicate your expertise in order to contribute constructive criticism to the work of others.


23. 3. 2017
In your longer presentation (20-25 min + 10 min discussion), focus on the following: (1) motivation (state-of-the-art in the area of your focus, brief survey of related approaches); (2) research question (is it well formulated?); (3) assumptions behind your approach; (4) experimental design / computational model specification.
Deadline for submitting the master thesis concept postponed to May 7th (sharp).


Date Content
22.2. Introduction to the course, requirements and grading, plan for the semester.
01.3. No class - attending the lecture of prof. Stransky on neurophilosophy.
08.3. Presentations of your mobility projects to 1st year students (joint meeting).
15.3. How to prepare your master thesis. Master Thesis Concept requirement.
22.3. No class
29.3. Presentations: Matej S.
05.4 Presentations: Lukáš R., Nikola O., Karin R.
12.4. Presentations: Petra Š., Tono K.
19.4. Presentations: Marek O., Lucia H., Viktor S.
26.4. no seminar (due to students' scientific conference)
03.5. Presentations: Matúš Š., Mirka G..
10.5. MEi:CogSci conference (abstract, review). Team session on interdisciplinarity.
17.5. No class
XX.6. Rehersal of conference talks

Course requirements and grading

  • 40% - quality of the master thesis concept (following the template provided)
  • 30% - oral presentations of your thesis in the seminar (twice)
  • 20% - activity, peer feedback, participation in two peer-reviews of extended abstracts (for the conference)
  • 10% - active participation at MEi:CogSci conference (talk)
  • Overall score: A > 90%, B > 80%, C > 70%, D > 60%, E > 50%, else Fx.