Cognitive Processes and Technologies
Course specific objectives and description of the training path
The Second-Cycle (Master-Level) Degree in Cognitive Processes and Technologies is aimed at the acquisition of advanced theoretical and methodological knowledge in the field of psychology by adopting an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the mind-brain system, of the man-machine interaction and of human interaction in the new social environments. The adopted perspective is based on an interdisciplinary approach integrating technological and cognitive approaches allowing to gain a deeper insight into human action focusing the training provision and other training activities mainly on multimedia educational aspects and on man-machine interaction.
The training path is characterised by training experiences and significant periods of research in highly qualified laboratories in the field of multimodal interaction (cognitive interfaces, multimedia etc.) also in order to make the application of the acquired skills fully operational. Training periods in external structures are envisaged as well. In addition, the students are given the opportunity to attend courses abroad in the framework of international exchange and cooperation programmes implemented jointly with foreign universities. This study course is aimed at training Italian students to interact at an international level and at attracting students coming from other countries. Consequently, this study course will see a significant presence of lecturers coming from foreign institutions working in the Faculty.
The assessment of the acquired skills will take into account theoretical as well as operational skills achieved by the students also within the courses integrated by more disciplines.
Expected learning results expressed through the European study titles descriptors
Knowledge and Understanding
The graduates will acquire knowledge and theoretical and applicative skills concerning:
- The interdisciplinary approach to the study of mind and behaviour of organisms in the man-machine new interaction contexts and in the new social interaction environments;
- The study of language from scientific (linguistic, psychological) perspective as well as from a technological perspective (techniques of language processing);
- Multimodal communication among human beings and between human beings and computers paying particular attention to verbal and non-verbal information as well as to the design of interfaces using these modes;
The attainment of these training objectives will be assessed through exams regarding each module of the degree course and the approval of the activities carried on in the laboratories.
This study course will supply learning and meta-cognitive skills required for further learning within future studies as well as within the professional role that can be largely autonomous.
The acquisition of these skills is assessed through an assessment laboratory activities, through the final assessment of the training activities as well as through an individual work carried out by the student under the supervision of a professor for the preparation and writing of the final paper.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The course provides skills aimed at constructively facing various application settings, through a problem-solving approach, and more specifically:
- Ability to carry on fully autonomous basic and applied research work in the field of cognitive processes and of their application to technologies;
- Ability to design models and interventions to re-organise interfaces between man and complex systems based on cognitive processes.
The ability to apply the acquired knowledge is assessed through exams on the relative modules, the assessment of laboratory activities, the final assessment of the training activities as well as the individual work carried on by the student under the supervision of a professor for the preparation and writing of the final paper.
The course supplies the conceptual and operational tools for integrating heterogeneous knowledge related to man-machine system and to formulate hypotheses and connect empirical surveys in the framework of cognitive processes and of communication systems.
These competences will be assessed through the ability to illustrate in critical way during the exams, and during the final exam in particular, the various theoretical perspectives referring to the various specific issues treated.
At the completion of the course the master-level graduate in “Cognitive Processes and Technologies” will be able to communicate his own results and conclusions to a public of specialists and non-specialists in a clear and detailed way also in terms of the specific disciplinary lexicons.
The attainment of these communication skills will be assessed through exams, seminars envisaging an active role on the students’ part and the discussion of the final paper.
Knowledge required on entry
The applications will be undergo a comparative assessment of the curricula and of the titles of the applicants. Additional exams may also be proposed to check the required specific knowledge.
The assessment of the personal knowledge will be carried on further to competition-based procedure taking into account the past study qualifications and experience and, if not adequate, further to a specific exam. This form of programmed access is envisaged in detail by the didactic regulations of course of study establishing the criteria for assessing the past path and the modes and contents of the exams.
The access to the second-cycle degree course in “Cognitive Processes and Technologies” is subject to check of the following requirements:
- Curricular requirements:
- Possessing a first-cycle degree, obtained from Italian universities or another study title obtained abroad and recognised as valid.
- It is required, as indispensable requirement, a solid basic knowledge in the scientific-disciplinary sectors corresponding to the characterising and similar or integrative activities envisaged by the regulations as well as the possession of at least 90 ECTS credits, obtained in the previous study course, in the M-PSI scientific-disciplinary sectors.
- Mastery of the English language and certified computer skills whose level is established by the didactic regulations of the study course;
- Specific training requirements:
- Demonstrate good capacities of analysis of issues related to cognitive sciences, possess an updated knowledge and capacity of comprehension of the issues, methods and procedure of research for the study and analysis of the psychological and psychosocial dynamics regarding communication processes
- Demonstrate good capacities to deal with problems of methodological-quantitative character.
The possession of these requirements will be checked through a curricular screening and evaluation of the student’s personal knowledge according to the modes established by the didactic regulations of the study course.
Characteristic of the final exam
In order to obtain the second-cycle degree the student has to have acquired 120 training credits, including those of the final exam.
Within the proposed path the final exam represents a double-value educational event. On the one hand, it allows to check the attainment or not of abilities of meta-cognitive thinking about the acquired knowledge and the possibility of its application in a context of empirical research in the fields of language technologies, man-machine interaction and development of interfaces.
On the other hand, it allows to assess the attainment or not of a sufficient level of autonomy in formulating, writing and discussing a scientific text. The text consists in the presentation and discussion of a written paper that is prepared by the student under the direction of the a supervisor.
The criteria for establishing the composition of the final exam commission, of the application modalities and awarding of the degree grades, that is expressed in 110/110 with honours, if applicable, will be established by the didactic regulations of the degree course.
Employment and professional prospects for the graduates
The second-cycle degree course lead to professional prospects of various kinds identifiable within the following sectors:
- Local healthcare agencies;
- Third sector associations;
- Service cooperatives;
- School and training institutions;
- Cultural centres for the promotion of the individual’s well-being;
- Centres for rehabilitation and intervention on disabilities;
- Agencies for the production of communication artefacts;
- Agencies for the production of multimedia products;
- Agencies for the management of events and organisation of cultural initiatives;
- Free-lance consulting activities;
- Psychological assessment activities.
In addition, the graduates can access to research doctorates, to specialisation schools and second-cycle master’s courses.
The graduates will be able access to the profession of psychotherapist, upon the award of the relative qualification obtained by enrolling to a psychotherapy school.
The course prepares for the professions of:
- Specialists in public relations, image and similar - (220.127.116.11)
- Specialists in psychological and psychotherapeutic sciences - (18.104.22.168)
- Trainer and experts in instructional and curricular design - (22.214.171.124)