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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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VTEKP2 Introduction to Interactive Technology 4 ECTS

Learning outcomes

Upon the completion of the course, the student understands the importance of taking users into account in design. The student learns basics of human perception and modalities. The student knows about human-computer interaction in different use contexts and environments, for instance in graphical user interfaces, small PDAs and ubiquitous computing. The student knows the basics of user-centered design and understands the importance of iterative design in system development.


User interfaces in a larger context. Usability and user experience. User centered design and the principles of good design by Norman. Human information processing. Usability evaluation and iterative design in a software project. Examples of different user interfaces: graphical user interfaces, personal mobile devices, ubiquitous computing. Paper prototyping and simulation.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 26 h 0 h
Exercises 12 h 0 h

Not lectured in English every year. The English version includes fewer lectures and more self-study participation in Moodle course forum.

Teaching language

Finnish, English

Modes of study

Active participation in lecture and assignment classes, taking part in an experimental study and writing a report of it, examination.


Numeric 1-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year autumn

Study materials

Readings to be specified yearly. Partially covering books:

  1. Dix, A., Finlay, J., Abowd, G. & Beale, R., Human-Computer Interaction. Third edition. Pearson Education Ltd. 2004;
  2. Norman, Donald A., The Design of Everyday Things. Doubleday 1990.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Information Sciences
Joint Basic Studies (Computer Science)
School of Information Sciences
Joint Basic Studies (Interactive Technology)
School of Information Sciences
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School of Information Sciences