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521145A Human-Computer Interaction, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 521145A  Validity 01.08.2012 -
Name Human-Computer Interaction  Abbreviation Human-Computer 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline4307 Information Engineering 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Computer Science and Engineering DP 

Simo Hosio 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS cr

Language of instruction 



Autumn semester, Period II

Learning outcomes 

Upon completing this course, students will possess:

  1. Knowledge of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) fundamentals
  2. Knowledge and practical experience of user-centric computer interface and usability evaluation techniques, such as questionnaires and interviewing
  3. Knowledge and experience of prototyping techniques (both paper-based as well as digital)
  4. Knowledge of how HCI can be incorporated in the software development process

Fundamental knowledge of humans, and how that relates to computer systems and interfaces. Learning design in 2-3 different ways, and conducting evaluations of the designs. Evaluation constitutes data collection and analysis, including qualitative and quantitative data.

Mode of delivery 

Online teaching (lectures), group work (labs).

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures (12 h), exercises (16 h), and practical work (105 h). The course is passed with approved classroom/reading package reflections, and an approved group-based practical work (several assignments). The implementation is doable fully in English.

Target group 

Computer Science and Engineering students and other Students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

While no specific courses are not required, elementary teamwork skills are required and the capability to provide documentation.

Recommended optional programme components 

All necessary material will be provided by the instructor.

Recommended or required reading 

No required reading.

Assessment methods and criteria 

The course completion relies on completed solo-work (reflections), and the numerical assessment is project-based. Students have to complete several individual exercises throughout the semester: ideating an application, designing various versions of its prototype, evaluating those prototypes, documenting the final application designs. Passing criteria: all stages of the project-based work must be completed, each receiving more than 50% of the available points.


The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Associate Professor Simo Hosio

Working life cooperation 

If relevant, guest lectures may be organized (optional).

Other information 

Using Moodle as the teaching platform: target=_blank>


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