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Archived Curricula Guide 2012–2015
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TIEVS55 Groupware and Social Computing 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Computer Sciences
Interactive Technology
Person in charge
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2012–2013 X X
2014–2015 X X
Preceding studies
TIEA1 or TIEVA36 and TIEVS52 or equivalent skills.
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Information Sciences
Curricula 2011 – 2012
VTEKS101 Groupware 3–6 ECTS

General description

Humans are inherently social creatures. In this course we look at digital systems that support social interactions and working together, and study how these systems generate value for their users by capturing user-generated content and activity.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student
- knows about the social and technological challenges in providing technology support for work groups, teams, online communities and networks of people
- knows how to analyze social interaction and group dynamics
- understands issues affecting 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 CSCW. The lectures give an introduction to the field of social computing with examples of synchronous and asynchronous systems for computer mediated communication, collaboration, coordination, and modern systems where computing is used to enhance interaction. The social implications of these systems are discussed with key concepts and theories. Throughout the course the general discussion is augmented with student work 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 classroom work,
preparing and giving group presentations

Written exam 
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Further information

Note, previous name VTEKS101 Groupware.

Belongs to following study modules

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