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Cognitive Interaction Design

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2022

About the course

This course looks at interaction design from a cognitive science perspective. Using (digital) artefacts as the main study object, the focus is on theoretical considerations of interaction design and its (cognitive) consequences on human users. The course consists of two parts:

Part 1 theory, 4.5 credits The theoretical parts covers: questions of how (digital) artefacts are perceived and conceptualised by their users; artefact complexity: different kinds of complexity, its role in interaction, and how to mediate it; cognitive tools: supporting cognition with (digital) artefacts and artefacts as (integral) part of cognition; user interfaces: from desktop to mobile to ubiquitous computing; the role of emotions and aesthetics; an outlook on latest developments in the field.

Part 2, practice, 3 credits In the practical part some of the theories and techniques discussed in the theoretical part are applied in two mandatory group-work project assignments.

Application and eligibility

Cognitive Interaction Design, 7.5 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


29 August 2022


31 October 2022

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

Univ: To be admitted you must have (or equivalent) 90 ECTS-credits including 45 ECTS-credits in Computing Science or Cognitive Science or 2 years of completed studies within a study programme (120 ECTS-credits). In both cases, including at least 7.5 ECTS-credits in  Human-Computer Interaction (e.g. 5DV045, 5DV060 or 5DV132) or equivalent.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies. Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 19 April 2022. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 17,850

Total fee

SEK 17,850

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Course is given by
Department of Computing Science