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TIEVS52 Research Methods in HTI 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Computer Sciences
Person in charge
Doctoral student Ville Mäkelä from 31.1.2017 onwards (before that Professor Poika Isokoski)
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Information Sciences
Curricula 2012 – 2015
TIEVS52 Research Methods in HTI 5 ECTS

General description

Interactive technology is a multi-disciplinary field. Consequently, the number of research methods and traditions that are present in the field is large. The goal of this book exam is to give an overview of the available research methods. This course works together with the course on experimental research. This course gives an overview of many methods. Experiments as evaluations of design and development work are central in HCI. However, it is important to appreciate the fact that they are not suitable for all research questions and to know what to do if an experiment cannot provide the answer.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student:
- Knows the research methods that are typically applied in Human-Computer Interaction research
- Can choose an appropriate set of research methods based on the kind of information that can answer a given research question.
- Knows the connections between a research question, a research method, and the data analysis techniques.


The material to study for the exam is announced by the instructor.

Teaching methods

Typically the exam is based on a book and a selection of other material. The students are encouraged to employ the best available methods such as reading circles and discussion groups for studying the material.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam 
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Belongs to following study modules

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