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Human Computer Interaction (Psychology)


Admission requirements

Master students specialisation Applied Cognitive Psychology


New technologies provide the means to build wonderful tools to extend our cognitive system into the world, as well as producing the most annoying systems in terms of performance, ergonomic design, and aesthetics.

This course will provide an overview of recent approaches towards a scientific as well as a practical understanding of basic issues of usability, representation and coordination that arise in interface design and related areas. The cognitive issues that are involved in designing interactive systems are discussed and the typical real-world lifecycle of the development of a software product is presented.

The course features guest speakers sharing their practical expertise, and field trips to state of the art usability labs. In practical assignments students evaluate the usability of actual software products in collaboration with major ICT companies.

Course objectives

  • Students acquire basic knowledge of the cognitive issues involved in designing interactive systems (e.g., computer programs, websites).

  • After completing the course, students are able to critically evaluate graphical user interfaces.

  • Students will also acquire a good understanding of career perspectives of psychologists in software development. No technical skills required


Human Computer Interaction (Psychology) (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • student assignments

  • practical exercises

Assessment method

Active participation, project reports

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Information on

Reading list

Course lecture sheets, papers


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Drs. P. Haazebroek
Room 2B11
Phone: 071-5273654