Excerpt from course description

Human-Technology Interaction


Complete course description will be ready summer 2022.

We are increasingly surrounded by digital technology. Personal computers, smartphones, social media, intelligent personal assistants, chatbots, smart speakers, and social robots are key technologies of the digital revolution that shape our everyday lives in myriad ways. Understanding how humans interact with such technologies and what impact design has becomes ever more important. This course intends to equip students with the concepts, tools and methods to analyze and understand human-computer interaction.

The course considers how technology mediates communication practices, acting as a medium for human-to-human interaction (thus interfacing with the Human-Human Interaction course), as well as how people engage with digital technology as an actor in itself through human-machine communication. In the course, students will learn about psychology and communication research in user interaction with information technologies. Students also get familiarized with interaction design and how persuasive information technologies are created.

Course content

  • Psychologically-oriented HCI
  1. Introduction to course: Theoretical Foundations of HCI 
  2. Persuasive technology: Design characteristics and user behavior – technology characteristics and system architecture
  3. User characteristics in HCI: The role of individual differences and cognitive schemas in user behavior – user characteristic
  4. Contextual factors in HCI: The role of tasks, service types, and other context factors in user behavior
  5. Studying HCI: Methods for measuring and evaluating user behavior
  • Communication-oriented HCI, including HMC, CMC and qualitative approaches to HCI (CSCW)
  1. Communication-oriented HCI: Introduction
  2. Important theories and concepts in HMC
  3. Interaction with disembodied “smart” and AI-driven technology
  4. Interaction with embodied “smart” and AI-driven technology
  5. Studying HCI II: Methods for measuring and evaluating user behavior


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