Cognitive Sciences and Decisional Processes (SCO)

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Cognitive Sciences and Decisional Processes (SCO)
Course sheet
A.Y. 2022/2023
Master programme
LM-55 - Cognitive sciences
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Limited enrolment with admission test
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
International title
Double Degree
Coerentemente con le finalità della classe LM-55 Scienze Cognitive, il corso di Laurea Magistrale in Scienze Cognitive e Processi Decisionali (SCO) intende fornire ai propri laureati una formazione avanzata e di tipo multidisciplinare (psicologica, filosofica, neuroscientifica metodologica e tecnologica) sui temi delle scienze cognitive, con particolare riferimento allo sviluppo di conoscenze teoriche e competenze applicative per una comprensione profonda dei processi cognitivi e per l'analisi e la gestione dei processi decisionali individuali e collettivi in contesti complessi. Il percorso di studio si sviluppa a partire dagli insegnamenti di base che caratterizzano le scienze cognitive per poi focalizzarsi su aspetti più specifici quali i meccanismi decisionali applicati all'ambito sanitario e i gli aspetti neurocognitivi implicati nella presa di decisione. Inoltre, considerato il legame sempre più stretto tra le Scienze Cognitive e le tecnologie, l'intero corso di laurea è caratterizzato dalla presenza di insegnamenti specifici relativi al ruolo di queste ultime nella progettazione di sistemi evoluti a supporto delle decisioni umane, dell'interazione cervello-macchina e dell'analisi dei dati sanitari oggi sempre più numerosi e complessi.
Profilo Generico
funzione in un contesto di lavoro:
Principalmente le funzioni che i laureati in Scienze Cognitive e Processi Decisionali potranno ricoprire in qualità di esperti formati nelle scienze cognitive riguardano le seguenti aree: la gestione della qualità e della sicurezza nei processi produttivi; l'analisi delle decisioni aziendali e, in particolare, in ambito medico e sanitario; l'analisi del rischio clinico; la progettazione e l'implementazione di progetti di ricerca sia di base sia applicata (project management) che richiedano competenze nell'ambito delle scienze cognitive; la formazione in ambito aziendale; la gestione di team di lavoro interdisciplinari; l'analisi dei processi cognitivi e organizzativi sottostanti agli errori o alle disfunzioni organizzative.

Competenze associate alla funzione:
I laureati in Scienze Cognitive e Processi Decisionali sono esperti nell'analisi e nella progettazione di interventi atti a migliorare la qualità e l'appropriatezza delle decisioni e a ridurre il rischio di errore. Grazie allo studio interdisciplinare e all'integrazione fra neuroscienze e le scienze cognitive applicate, i laureati avranno le competenze per trasferire le conoscenze acquisite a vari ambiti applicativi, fra cui l'analisi e la gestione dei processi cognitivi, emotivi e creativi, l'analisi delle interazioni uomo-macchina, e la progettazione di percorsi basati sull'uso di strumenti tecnologici evoluti, la gestione di sistemi organizzati e lo studio di ambienti complessi.
Infine, i laureati avranno la padronanza di strumenti operativi utilizzabili nel governo del rischio clinico, nella produzione di percorsi di formazione e di miglioramento organizzativo finalizzati a ridurre il rischio di errori e aumentare la resilienza organizzativa, e a interpretare la complessità dei dati sanitari e ad utilizzarli nel pieno rispetto degli aspetti etici, oltre che ad utilizzare la tecnologia come supporto ai processi decisionali che regolano e motivano i comportamenti nell'ambito della salute.

Sbocchi occupazionali:
I laureati in Scienze Cognitive e Processi Decisionali potranno svolgere tali attività in forma libero-professionale e anche di consulenza presso enti pubblici e privati, in particolare nell'ambito di:
- enti di ricerca privati e pubblici;
- aziende private;
- aziende ospedaliere;
- pubbliche amministrazioni;
- enti di formazione.
I laureati avranno inoltre acquisito conoscenze e competenze che permetteranno loro di perseguire ulteriori obiettivi formativi di alta formazione (come, per esempio, dottorati di ricerca): potranno applicare competenze avanzate nelle scienze cognitive utilizzando metodologie simulative, osservative e sperimentali al fine di verificare ipotesi scientifiche partendo dallo studio dei sistemi intelligenti, siano essi naturali o artificiali.
Il corso di studi fornirà inoltre le competenze necessarie per effettuare attività di ricerca nell'ambito dell'analisi e sviluppo di sistemi legati alle prestazioni cognitive umane e della progettazione avanzata di interfacce e di sistemi ergonomici.

Il corso prepara alla professione di (codifiche ISTAT):
- Specialisti in risorse umane - (2.5.1.3.1)
- Specialisti delle relazioni pubbliche, dell'immagine e professioni assimilate - (2.5.1.6.0)
- Esperti della progettazione formativa e curricolare - (2.6.5.3.2)

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
The Degree in Cognitive Science and Decision Making Processes has always developed a big interest in internationalization, defining exchange programs with various European universities. At present, active exchange programs involve University of Porto, Paris (Università Paris VI, Istitute Jean Nicod - Ecole Normale Supérieure and master in cognitive science COGMASTER)and Maastricht. Thanks to the Erasmus Program, students can attend courses, internship, exams, and sometimes the elaboration of the thesis in different cultural context compared with the Italian one.
Students of the Degree in Cognitive Science and Decision Making Processes can plan their Erasmus during the first or the second year with a duration of 3, 6 and 9 month supported by a grant.
Foreseen training during the period of study must be approved by the responsible of the Erasmus program of each degree course. All the proposed activities (agreed with foreign university through learning agreement) are compatible with the foreseen study plan and enable to collect the required CFU.
Grades obtained by the student in the other European Countries are converted using the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) table. The recognition in career is 20 CFU for 3 months stay, 30 CFU for 6 month and 60 CFU for 9 month.

The Double Degree program
Besides the Erasmus exchange programs, the University of Milan has stipulated a Double Degree conjoint agreement with the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands) which involves the Master in Cognitive Science and Decision Making Processes (University of Milan) and the Master of Science in Psychology (University of Maastricht). Such a program offers to the students of the biennium the possibility to spend the first year at the University of Milan, acquiring knowledge and basic skills and then to specialize in their specific area of interest attending the second year by the partner (host) University. Once obtained the established academic requirements by both universities, students of the Double Degree receive both the Laurea Magistrale in Cognitive Science and Decision Making Processes and the graduate degree (usually Master of Science) from the partner institution.
Attendance is not mandatory for courses, however it is strongly recommended.
Enrolment
The course is subject to an enrolment cap pursuant to Law no. 264/1999.
The number of available spots is set each year by the designated academic bodies, based on the resources (facilities, personnel, and equipment) available for the programme. Admission into the programme is based on an assessment intended to verify the student's baseline knowledge and educational background. The admission test consists of a written, multiple-choice exam intended to gauge the student's ability in terms of logical reasoning, reading comprehension (in Italian), logic, general biology, introductory statistics, and general psychology.
Detailed information on the bibliography and format of the admission test will appear on the Call for Applications, and be posted to:
https://sco.cdl.unimi.it/it/iscriversi.

Students who have obtained a degree in one of the following classes (and those who hold an equivalent degree from a foreign institution which has been deemed sufficient) are eligible to apply:
- L-2 Biotechnologies;
- L-5 Philosophy;
- L-20 Communication Sciences;
- L-24 Psychology Theory and Practice;
- L-SNT/1 Healthcare professions, nursing, and midwifery sciences;
- L-SNT/2 Rehabilitative Healthcare;
- L-SNT/3 Health Professions of Technical Sciences;
- L-SNT/4 Health Professions of Prevention Sciences;
- LMG-01 Law;
- LM-13 Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy;
- LM-41 Medicine and Surgery;
- LM-46 Dentistry and Prosthetics.

Students enrolled in one of these programmes with an expected graduation date prior to the deadline set each year by the Academic Senate will likewise be eligible to apply.

Students holding a degree in a different class (as well as those holding a foreign degree deemed equivalent) may also be considered for admission if they have earned at least 30 academic credits (30 CFU) from any combination of the following subject areas (SSD):
First group:
M/PSI-01, M/PSI-02, M/PSI-03, M/PSI-04, M/PSI-05, M/PSI-06, M/PSI-07, M/PSI-08;
Second group:
M/FIL-01, M/FIL-02, M/FIL-03, M/FIL-04, M/FIL-05;
Third group:
SPS/01; SPS/02; SPS/03; SPS/04; SPS/05; SPS/06; SPS/07; SPS/08; SPS/09; SPS/10; SPS/11; IUS/01; IUS/02; IUS/03; IUS/04; IUS/05; IUS/06; IUS/07; IUS/08; IUS/09; IUS/10; IUS/11; IUS/12; IUS/13; IUS/14; IUS/21; SECS-S/01; SECSS/02; SECS-S/03; SECS-S/04; SECS-S/05; SECS-S/06;
Fourth group:
INF/01; MAT/01; MAT/02; MAT/03; MAT/04; MAT/05; MAT/06; MAT/07; MAT/08; MAT/09;
Fifth group:
BIO/09; BIO/16; BIO/17; BIO/18; MED/01; MED/03; MED/09; MED/25; MED/26; MED/42; MED/45; MED/47; MED/48.

Likewise required is English-language proficiency at or above the B1 Level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CFER).
Level B1 proficiency will be verified by the University of Milan Language Centre (SLAM) at the admissions stage in one of the following ways:
- a language certificate, obtained within three years prior to the date of submission, at a B1 level or higher (for the list of language certificates recognised by the University, please visit:
https://www.unimi.it/en/node/297/). Certificates must be uploaded during the admissions process;
- English-language proficiency acquired through a SLAM course completed during a Bachelor's degree programme. Certificates issued within the past four years are considered acceptable. The programme office will run an internal check in those cases - students are not required to submit their certificates;
- placement test, administered by SLAM: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/297/.
Those who have neither submitted a valid certificate, nor demonstrated a sufficient proficiency, will be required to take a language-proficiency test during the admissions process.
Should a student fail to take, or fail to pass, the language-proficiency test, they will be given until 31 December 2021 to complete and submit a recognised certificate to SLAM.
Should the student fail to complete the requirement by 31 December, they will not be permitted to enrol in the Master's degree programme, nor to sit any later test.

Likewise required is Italian-language proficiency at or above the B1 Level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CFER).
Level B1 proficiency will be verified by the University of Milan Language Center (SLAM) at the admissions stage in one of the following ways:
- a language certificate, earned within three years prior to the date of submission, at a B1 level or higher (for the list of language certificates recognised by the University, please review:
https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/test-e-corsi-di-italiano). Certificates must be uploaded during the admissions process;
- placement test, administered by SLAM: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/test-e-corsi-di-italiano.
Those who have neither submitted a valid certificate, nor demonstrated a sufficient proficiency, will be required to take a language-proficiency test during the admissions process.
Those who have earned the required academic credits, and demonstrated the requisite knowledge and ability, and with a high enough position on the national ranking (subject to the enrolment cap) will be admitted into the Master's degree programme. Any student who has not taken the admission test will not be permitted to enrol in the Master's degree programme, nor to sit any future tests.

Places available: 100

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Application for admission: from 21/04/2022 to 29/08/2022

Admission test date and venue: 07/09/2022 - da remoto

Application for matriculation: from 12/09/2022 to 19/09/2022

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Attachments and documents

Regolamento test

Programme description and courses list
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Cognitive Psychology 9 60 Italian M-PSI/01
Cognitive Research Methodology 9 60 Italian M-PSI/01
Psychology of Decisions 9 60 Italian M-PSI/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Anatomical-Physiological Bases of The Cognitive Processes 9 60 Italian BIO/09 MED/26
- Fisiologia6
- Neurologia3
Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis 9 60 Italian ING-INF/05
Ethical Issues of Decision-Making Processes in Biomedicine 6 40 Italian M-FIL/02
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cognition in Health and Diseases 12 80 English BIO/14
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced Cognitive Psychology 6 40 English M-PSI/01
Neuroethics 6 40 English M-FIL/03
Neurotechnology and Innovation in Therapeutics 6 40 English BIO/14
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Methods and Applications for Computational Neurosciences 6 40 English INF/01
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Exam 18 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratorio di analisi decisionale in ambito medico 3 20 Italian
Questioni di giustizia in ambito sanitario 3 20 Italian
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
English Proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Study plan rules
1 - Lo studente ha altresì a disposizione 9 crediti da destinare ad altri insegnamenti o moduli di insegnamento, da scegliere nell'ambito degli insegnamenti impartiti presso l'Ateneo e 3 crediti per il conseguimento del livello B2 di inglese
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
English Proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Open sessions
- Lo studente deve acquisire 3 CFU scegliendo tra Laboratori o altre attività (stage, tirocini e altre attività riconosciute anche esternamente all'Ateneo) che verranno proposte in corso d'anno.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Laboratorio di analisi decisionale in ambito medico 3 20 Italian First semester
Questioni di giustizia in ambito sanitario 3 20 Italian First semester
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Cognitive Psychology 9 60 Italian M-PSI/01
Cognitive Research Methodology 9 60 Italian M-PSI/01
Psychology of Decisions 9 60 Italian M-PSI/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Anatomical-Physiological Bases of The Cognitive Processes 9 60 Italian BIO/09 MED/26
- Fisiologia6
- Neurologia3
Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis 9 60 Italian ING-INF/05
Ethical Issues of Decision-Making Processes in Biomedicine 6 40 Italian M-FIL/02
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Bioetica delle tecnologie emergenti in sanità 6 40 Italian M-FIL/02
Clinical Risk Management and Its Implication in Legal and Insurance Field 9 60 Italian MED/42 MED/43 MED/45
- Igiene generale e applicata3
- Medicina legale3
- Scienze infermieristiche generali cliniche e pediatriche3
Processi decisionali nei gruppi 6 40 Italian M-PSI/05
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
L'uso dei dati nelle decisioni in medicina 9 60 Italian MED/06 MED/08
- Anatomia patologica6
- Oncologia3
Tecnologia Persuasiva E E-Health 6 40 Italian M-PSI/05
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Exam 18 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratorio di analisi decisionale in ambito medico 3 20 Italian
Questioni di giustizia in ambito sanitario 3 20 Italian
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
English Proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Study plan rules
1 - Lo studente ha altresì a disposizione 9 crediti da destinare ad altri insegnamenti o moduli di insegnamento, da scegliere nell'ambito degli insegnamenti impartiti presso l'Ateneo e 3 crediti per il conseguimento del livello B2 di inglese
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
English Proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Open sessions
- Lo studente deve acquisire 3 CFU scegliendo tra Laboratori o altre attività (stage, tirocini e altre attività riconosciute anche esternamente all'Ateneo) che verranno proposte in corso d'anno.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Laboratorio di analisi decisionale in ambito medico 3 20 Italian First semester
Questioni di giustizia in ambito sanitario 3 20 Italian First semester
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Location
Milano
Course locations
Most lectures will be held in downtown Milan, and generally at the Academic Center located at Santa Sofia 9/1.
Head of study programme
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Study plan tutor
Internship tutor
Seminar and workshop tutor
Dissertation tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Credit recognition tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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