HTIS55 Groupware and Social Computing 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Human-Technology Interaction
Person in charge
Lecturer Saila Ovaska
Preceding studies
Recommended:
TIEA1 or TIEVA36 and TIEVS52 or equivalent skills. Academic English skills required.

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

Corresponding course unit in the curriculum 2015-2017, School of Information Sciences:
TIEVS55 Groupware and Social Computing 5 ECTS

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.

Contents

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

English

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

Evaluation

Pass/fail.

Belongs to following study modules

2017–2018
Teaching
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Faculty of Communication Sciences