NDAK15012U Advanced Topics in Human-Centred Computing (ATHCC)

Volume 2022/2023

MSc Programme in Computer Science

MSc Programme in Computer Science with a minor subject 


The aim of the course is to introduce participants to advanced topics in human-centred computing (HCC). HCC spans human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, and advanced interaction techniques.

Participants will read current and classic papers on HCC and discuss them in-depth. In addition, they will hand in four written assignments on parts of HCC that will be used to grade the course. One of these assignments is a log of notes from reading and questions for the papers read; the others are about particular topics in HCC for which a literature survey or analysis is required. 

The topics discussed in the course are intended to inspire students to pick topics for their master theses.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge of

  • Human-centred computing (HCC).
  • Current research topics in HCC, including but not limited to user experience, advanced user interfaces, collaboration supported by computers, and methods for developing user interfaces. 
  • Research methods in HCC, including their relative benefits and drawbacks considering aspects of validity, reliability, generalisability, precision, and realism depending upon research questions and methods. 


Skills in

  • Identifying and analysing scientific literature within HCC research domain.
  • Synthesising the literature within a specific area or domain of HCC, focusing on human use of technology and the major phenomena surrounding it.
  • Formulating and discussing open research questions and problems within the HCC area.


Competences in

  • Analysing scientific papers, including considerations on users, tasks, the context of use, and technologies.
  • Discussing scientific work in HCC, in particular, the relation between construction of interfaces, understanding users, and conceptually-driven work.
  • Identifying poor and good arguments in HCC.


Selected papers and book chapters. See Absalon when the course is set up.


Some introduction to parts of human-centred computing, for instance through courses on Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, User-centred Design, Computer Supported Cooperative work or the like.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Classroom discussions and assignments.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 14
  • Preparation
  • 78
  • Practical exercises
  • 14
  • Project work
  • 100
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Type of assessment details
Continuous assessment based on 4 assignments. The final grade is given on an overall assessment of the assignments.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal examiners

Resubmission of (possibly revised) assignments.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome.