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.