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CH2010 Cognitive Interaction Design 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CH2010 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The human as an information processing system
  • Human cognitive prerequisites
  • Usability design of the human-machine interface
  • Methods of analysis and design for usability
  • Distributed cognition
  • Situation awareness
  • Automation and allocation of functions human-machine system
  • Find, read summarize and reflect on scientific articles on the subject

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student shall:

·       understand and apply knowledge about human cognitive prerequisites in theinteraction between human-machine interface,

·       analyze and suggest improvements of the interface in human-machinesystems,

·       understand and evaluate how allocation of functions in the human-machine systemsaffects the interaction of human-machine and systemperformance,

·       visualize and apply cognitive aspects in a HTOanalysis,

·       read, understand and discuss international scientific publications in the field of cognitive ergonomics.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

180 ECTS credits in technical, natural or medical sciences or in human resource studies. English B/English 6.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • SEM1 - Assignment and seminar, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM2 - Assignment and seminar, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM3 - Assignment and seminar on reporting of studies, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM4 - Examination and seminar, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Technology and Health

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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