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811171P Humans as Users and Developers of Information Technology, 4 ECTS cr / 2.5 cu 
Code 811171P  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Humans as Users and Developers of Information Technology  Abbreviation Humans as Users 
Scope4 ECTS cr / 2.5 cu   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Liisa Kuonanoja 

ECTS Credits 

ECTS credits: 4 ECTS credits/108 hours of work

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1st year, autumn semester, period 2

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course, students will be able to examine humans as both users and developers of information technology. The student learns core concepts of the phenomenon, and understands their meaning in relation to practice. Students are also familiar with the background of usability research and some of its scientific theories. Students are able to observe and specify a variety of use situations and user experiences of information technologies. Students also understand the challenges of the information technology developers when targeting to create pleasant use experiences for the users of these technologies. After completing the course, students also realize they have started their own journey to become an expert in information technology development.


The key themes and concepts of the course are the diversity of information technology, humans as users and developers of information technology, usability, use and user experience, user-centred design.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching and self-studying supported with web-based learning.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures (24h), lecture tasks, exam and work on separate written tasks (about 84h)

Target group 

Recommended or required reading 

Antti Oulasvirta (ed.): “Ihmisen ja tietokoneen vuorovaikutus” (2011), parts I and II. In addition, the material during lectures and other supplementary material.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Course assessment is mainly based on the pre-assignment, lecture assignments, exam and individual essay. In addition, one may improve one’s own grade by optional advanced assignment. Assessment criteria will be available in the web-based learning environment.



Person responsible 

Tonja Molin-Juustila

Working life cooperation 



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