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812651S ICT and Behaviour Change, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 812651S  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name ICT and Behaviour Change  Abbreviation ICT and Behavio 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Piiastiina Tikka 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits/134 hours of work


Language of instruction 



1 st – 2 nd year of Master’s and GS 3D studies, autumn semester, period 2


Learning outcomes 

After completing the course the student is able to:


  • Analyse methods and techniques that are used for persuasion;
  • Apply these in an ethical manner as design guidelines for developing applications, targeting changes in human behaviour or attitudes.



Attitudinal theories from social psychology have been quite extensively applied to the study of user intentions and behaviour. These theories have been developed mostly for predicting user acceptance of information technology rather than for providing systematic analysis and design methods for developing software solutions that aim at attitude or behaviour change. At the same time a growing number of information technology systems and services are being developed for these purposes. This course will focus on persuasive technology. It will address the process of designing and evaluating persuasive systems, the types of content and software functionality in such systems, the underlying assumptions behind these, methods for analysing the persuasion context, and principles for persuasive system design. Positive examples of persuasive systems include motivating knowledge workers to do their work better or safer and embracing citizens for healthy living habits. Negative examples are games that inflict addiction. Both sides of influence will be discussed.


Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching, Twitter

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 27h, independent work 108h (personal reflections 28h, reading for the lectures 20h, assignment 60h)

Target group 


Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Understanding the roles of humans as users and developers of ICT

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Research articles, the web, to be announced more specifically during the course implementation.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Participation in the lectures, personal reflection reports, course assignments.



Person responsible 

  Harri Oinas-Kukkonen

Working life cooperation 



Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun ICT and Behaviour Change  Course  Piiastiina Tikka  29.12.21 -18.05.22

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