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The course gives an introduction to the area of cognitive science with a focus on aspects that are relevant for the area of HCI.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus IC1003 (Spring 2008–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course discusses basic concepts (questions and problems) within the area of cognitive science and their relevance to chosen areas within computer- and systems sciences. More specifically, the relevance of cognitive science as related to the areas of IT and learning, intelligent agents, social agents and more generally IT design. This includes concepts of representation, language, learning, knowledge, etc. A classic perspective on cognitive science is discussed and critiqued.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course the student has:Knowledge and understanding regarding: • Be able to account for basic theories and assumptions that are made within a classic kognitive science, including decision making, risk judgement, language and language use• Be able to account for criticism that is directed towards a classic cognitive science• Be able to describe the influence the view on humans, and in a wider sense the view on research and design, has on the way we look upon and carry out designSkills and capacities, to be able to:• Analyze and reflect on basic theories within cognitive science• Analyze and reflect on basic assumptions within a classic cognitive science as related to the criticism that is directed towards it• Analyze a problem/research question based on theories within cognitive science and write a report about this in a scientific wayValues and attitudes, to be able to:• Value and judge the relevance of cognitive science theories to the area human-machine interaction

Course Disposition

Forms of teaching
Teaching consists of lectures and seminars. Outside of ordinary scheduled teaching the student will conduct individual work consisting in analyzing, arguing, critiquing, etc. and writing of a scientific paper.
As a student on the course you will take part in:
&舦;    Teacher led lectures
&舦;    Individual work outside of scheduled teaching
&舦;    Teacher led supervision seminars where we collectively discuss writing of the paper

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic courses in computer and systems sciences, 40p




Terry Winograd & Fernando Flores: Understanding computers and cognitionUpplaga : 14 ISBN 0-201-11297-3Compendia

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignments, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignments, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, 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.

Assessment on the course consists in one individual task 3 hp (writing of a paper) and a written exam 3 hp. Both the written exam and the individual task are graded according to the grades A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F. To pass the whole course (grade E) requires pass on both the written exam and the individual task. Deadline for the individual task is notified at the start of the course.

Other requirements for final grade

Grade for the whole course is weighed according to:Grade ARequires grade A on written exam and at least grade B on individual task, orRequires grade B on written exam and grade A on individual taskGrade BRequires grade B on written exam and at least grade C on individual taskGrade CRequires grade C on written exam and at least grade D on individual taskGrade DRequires grade D on written exam and at least grade E on individual taskGrade ERequires grade E on written exam and at least grade E on individual task

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 web

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Offered by

ICT/Systems Science (SU)

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Robert Ramberg, tel. 08- 16 49 14, fax 08-703 90 25, e-post

Supplementary information

The course was previously called 2I4095.