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Archived Curricula Guide 2015–2017
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TIEVS55 Groupware and Social Computing 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Computer Sciences
Person in charge
Lecturer Saila Ovaska
Preceding studies
TIEA1 or TIEVA36 and TIEVS52 or equivalent skills. Academic English skills required.
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Information Sciences
Curricula 2012 – 2015

General description

In this course we look at systems and applications that support social interactions and working together. The main focus is on groupware usability and methods for evaluating it

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student
- knows about the social and technological challenges in providing technology support for work groups and teams,
- knows how to analyze social interaction and group dynamics in face-to-face and mediated collaboration
- understands issues affecting acceptability, usability and user experience of groupware applications and social computing systems
- knows about research approaches applied in groupware and social computing systems research literature, and can apply their methods in new contexts
- knows where to find research literature on various aspects of groupware, social computing and computer-supported cooperative work
- recognizes ethical challenges involved in social computing.


The course focuses on research done in social computing, groupware, and Computer-Supported Co-operative Work (CSCW). The course themes introduce these fields with examples of synchronous and asynchronous systems for computer mediated communication, collaboration and coordination. The social implications of these systems are discussed with key concepts and theories. Throughout the course the general discussion is augmented with student work in small groups on special topics, and the course ends with student group seminar presentations.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h
Seminar 10 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Further information 

Active participation in student group work both online and face-to-face

Option 2
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam 
In English



Belongs to following study modules

Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Information Sciences