NDAK15012U Advanced Topics in Human-Centered Computing (ATHCC)

Volume 2015/2016

MSc programme in Computer Science.


The aim of the course is to introduce participants to advanced topics in human-centered computing (HCC). HCC spans computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, participatory design, software development, 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

The students will get knowledge on what HCC is, current research topics in HCC, and research methods (including their relative benefits and drawback). 

Students will get competences in analyzing scientific papers, discussing scientific work in HCC, and identifying poor and good arguments in HCC.

Students will gain skills in dealing with the scientific literature in HCC, retrieving and synthesizing the literature within a new area, and formulating questions of interest to research in HCC.

Selected papers and book chapters.

Some introduction to parts of human-centered computing, for instance through courses on Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, User-centered Design, or the like.
Classroom discussions and assignments.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 18
  • Practical exercises
  • 16
  • Preparation
  • 72
  • Project work
  • 100
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Students are assessed on the four assignments that they hand in.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Resubmission of written assignments. The four assignments must be handed in no later than the re-examination week.

Criteria for exam assesment

The assignments are graded depending on the extent to which students have gained the knowledge, competencens, and skills described above.