Courses in Cognitive Science

Courses in Cognitive Science in the 28th Jyväskylä Summer School. The University of Jyväskylä reserves the right to make changes to the course programme.

COG1: Design thinking, Cognition and beyond

Time: 13.-17.8.2018 - 12:15-15:45 (20h)
Participants: max. 30; Masters and PhD students, preferably from IT (Cognitive Science, IS, Computer Science), Humanities (Arts (all kinds) and Design), Business and Education
Lecturer(s):  Dr. Johanna Silvennoinen (University of Jyväskylä), Laura Mononen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Rebekah Rousi (University of Jyväskylä), visiting lecturers: Prof. Gilbert Cockton (Northumbria University, United Kingdom) and Assistant Prof. Oscar Person (Aalto University)
Coordinator(s):  Dr. Rebekah Rousi
Code: KOGS5503
Modes of study: Lectures, group work, hands-on exercises demonstrating and implementing design thinking, field walks, reading and final report
Credits: 3 ECTS
Evaluation: 1-5

Contents: Design Thinking has been a hot area for discussion in many areas of industry and academia for a while now. For example, organisations and their leaders have caught on to why design is needed, not just from the packaging and marketing perspective, but from the perspective of organizational and managerial logic. Design is partly creatively explorative and is partly intentionally strategic. Design focuses on assembling resources for a range of purposes, including solving problems and creative innovation. Regardless of approaches, continuous reflection is critical. As such, design work, even without the buzz term ‘Design Thinking’ involves extensive cognition. The course will look in detail at cognitive, affective, social and embodied components of design thinking across different disciplines (e.g., interaction design, design management and business, user experience design, design research). Guest lectures and practical exercises from two prominent scholars in the fields of Interaction Design and Design Management will present positions on design thinking in action from their respective disciplines.

Learning outcomes: Students will have an advanced understanding of Design Thinking from cognitive scientific, design practice and organizational perspectives. Students will understand the origins of the term, and how it is realized across different practices. They will be able to relate versions of the concept to a range of practice settings.

Prerequisites: Preferable knowledge of design and creative practice; understanding of the basics of cognitive science (preferable) and possible knowledge and experience of business.

Course assignment:  [Pre-course assignment]: Reading of set articles, and pre-task summary of articles and reflection paper (2-3) on what they feel Design Thinking is and how this relates to their own discipline and subject interest. [Report]: Compilation of insight from the tasks assigned during the course, demonstrating theoretical knowledge presented in the academic articles and in the lectures. This is shown through implementing design thinking tool exercises during excursions, individually and during group work.

COG2: Emerging Technologies for Inclusive and Accessible Design - AI, Sensors, IoT, and Multimodal Interfaces

Time: 6.8.-10.8., 13 - 17:00
Participants: Max 30
Lecturer(s): Dr. Markku T. Häkkinen (markku.t.hakkinen[at]jyu.fi), Dr. Helen T. Sullivan  (hsullivanphd[at]gmail.com)
Coordinator(s): Dr. Rebekah Rousi
Code: KOGS____ (will be announced later)
Modes of study: Lecture, Lab, Readings
Credits: 3 ECTS
Evaluation: Obligatory attendance at all lectures and lab sessions. Active participation is required. In addition, participants will present a problem in Inclusive Design and a proposed, evidence-based solution in a 5-7 minute oral presentation prepared beforehand. Each participant filling the above-stated requirements will receive a diploma of participation to the workshop, but to receive a course diploma with credit statement (3 ECTs) the student must also return a project report (which includes a written report and a prototype solution using one or more of the following: storyboard, physical model, software, or video)

Grading: Pass/fail

Contents: Complementary to KOGS581 IS3 Accessible and Inclusive Design of ICT: Foundational Introduction to Human Sensory, Cognitive, and Physical Limitations and Technological Solutions, this course bridges the fundamentals of sensory, perceptual, cognitive and physical capabilities with a growing technological toolbox to create devices and services that work for individuals with and without disabilities. To build inclusive and accessible technologies that work for a broad range of human abilities and disabilities requires understanding of how people sense and perceive information, how information design (and complexity) impacts the ability to understand information, and how physical (or virtual) interface design impacts a user’s ability to operate it. Emerging technologies, such as cloud-based cognitive computing, multi-modal interfaces, sensors, and IoT provide a rich set of tools that can augment, or offer new modes of, interaction with our environment, devices, systems, and services. This course will include lecture, hands on demonstrations, and lab exercises to understand the challenges and new opportunities for inclusive and accessible design. 

Learning outcomes: Students who successfully complete the course will be able to understand how to apply fundamental principles in inclusive and accessible design to guide creation of new applications or systems, and how they can begin to apply this knowledge in their work and research. Knowledge of these fundamentals will increase the probability of creating highly usable and accessible products for a broad audience, including those with disabilities.  Motivated students can use successful completion as a basis for further study or research in the field of inclusive design and accessibility.

Prerequisites: Should have a background in cognitive science, information systems, computer science or related discipline; KOGS581- Accessible and Inclusive Design of ICT (optional for Summer 2018); or approval of instructors.