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Cognitive Interaction Design

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2023

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

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2023 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


28 August 2023


30 October 2023

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

At least 90 ECTS, including 45 ECTS Computing Science or Cognitive Science, or 120 ECTS within a study programme. At least 7.5 ECTS human-computer interaction. Proficiency in English equivalent 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



Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 17 April 2023. How to apply

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