Categorisation, concepts, and cognition


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module will introduce the students to theories on the ontology and structure of concepts, based on an understanding of human cognition. During the course module, the students will engage in lectures and discussions on the notion of concept, categorisation and ontology.

Learning objectives


In the module the students will acquire knowledge of:

  • The notion of concept and ontology

  • Theories of categorisation

  • Theories of cognition


In the module the students will acquire skills in:

  • detecting the needs for concept formation and categorisation as part of a information architecture design process

  • observing and analysing problems relation to concept formation and categorisation


In the module the students will acquire competences in:

  • taking an analytical, reflective and critical approach to the use of the notion of concepts and categorisation

  • engaging in an interdisciplinary collaboration on concept formation and categorisation problems in a specific context

  • identifying own learning needs and structuring own learning in relation to the use of the notion of concepts and categorisation



Name of examCategorisation, Concepts, and Cognition
Type of exam
Written exam
The test should be carried out within 3 days. The student should produce a report on a given categorisation problem. The report may not exceed 10 pages. Alternatively, it could take the form of a digital presentation.

Literature foundation: 500 standard pages supervisor approved, self-selected literature related to the project
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentIn the evaluation of the examination performance, the assessment of 'pass' will be awarded to students who demonstrate that they have fulfilled the above objectives to a satisfactory extent.

The assignment paper will be evaluated by the examiner; in case of a fail grade, the assignment paper will also be evaluated by another internal examiner.

Facts about the module

Danish titleKategorisering, begreber og kognition
Module codeKAINFOAR162
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Communication and Digital Media
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities