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.


At the end of this course the student should:
    Understand key aspects of human perception and cognition, and how these impact on the design of Human-Computer Interfaces.
    Understand the importance of Human-Computer Interaction in the design of products and services
    Be able to define and describe the key stages of a User Centered Design process
    Understand the key techniques used at each stage of the User Centered Design Process and have practical experience in their application through exercises.
    Be able to compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques.
    Be able to propose and justify an appropriate evaluation technique to a given problem
    Have awareness of cutting edge interaction research and developments in user interaction paradigms, design and evaluation.
    Have awareness of practical issues in the application of Human-Computer Interaction in an industrial context.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 06.09.2022 - 15.11.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marko Nieminen

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:

    As computational systems have moved to become pervasive parts of our lives, it becomes even more important to consider how they can be best designed to be useful and useable by people (or "users"). But what is a "user", how do we understand what they want, and how can we design user interfaces that are effective and efficient for them. This course covers the foundations of Human-Computer Interaction - the study of how computer systems can be designed to support the needs of the people who we intend to use them. The course provides an introduction to UI and UX design, focusing on the user-centered design process as a way of understanding user needs and requirements and testing designs. At a basic level we will cover Usability, User-centered design, prototyping, how this process fits into existing software product development, as well as looking to how the relationship between computers and humans is evolving, and how we might interact with computer systems in the future. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Weekly written assignments and practical exercises.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Note: There is no exam. Final grade is based on weekly graded assignments.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.