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.
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.
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 deadline was
18 April 2017.
The application period is closed.
Application and Tuition fees
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