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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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VTEKA15 Introduction to User Interfaces 5 ECTS
Organised by
Interactive Technology
Person in charge
Lecturer Saila Ovaska.
Preceding studies

Learning outcomes

The course discusses in detail the guidelines for graphical user interface design. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to design screens, dialogues and on-line help, and also to design and evaluate the interaction in different use contexts. The student knows input and output modalities and their design possibilities and challenges.


User centered design. On-line help. Different interaction styles and techniques (forms and dialogue box designs, direct manipulation, menus, agents, hypertext) with guidelines. New interaction techniques. The challenges of the use context (desktop, mobile, ubi) in design.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h
Tutorials 2 h 0 h
Exercises 14 h 0 h

Teaching language

Finnish, English

Modes of study


Numeric 1-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year autumn

or later. In Finnish in the autumn semester, in English in the spring semester. Not arranged in English every year.

Study materials

Lecture notes and parts of the books:

  1. Dix, A., Finlay, J., Abowd,G. & Beale, R., Human-Computer Interaction. Third edition. Pearson Education Ltd. 2004. http://www.hcibook.com/e3/
  2. Preece, J. et al., Human-Computer Interaction. Addison-Wesley 1994.
  3. Mullet, K. & Sano, D., Designing Visual Interfaces. Sunsoft 1994.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
Complementing studies (Computer Science/Interactive Technology)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Information Sciences