Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss VR topics using correct terminology
  • Put VR related phenomena into historical perspective
  • Analyze VR applications and technology from multiple perspectives

Credits: 3

Schedule: 16.09.2021 - 21.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tapio Takala, Markku Reunanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The purpose of the course is to serve as a foundation for more advanced VR courses. The topics covered will be:

    • Virtual Reality related basic terminology
    • Most common VR technologies, such as display and input devices, and how they relate to human physiology
    • Case examples from creative and industrial contexts
    • Guest lectures, site visits

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The grade will be based on the exam.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    20 hours of lectures, 30 hours of individual reading and reflection, 20 hours of preparing for the exam


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    As provided by the lecturers. The book "Virtual Reality" by Steven M. LaValle forms the general backbone of the course, coupled with other readings.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture: