Advanced Topics in Human-Centred Computing (ATHCC)

Course content

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to advanced topics in human-centred computing (HCC). HCC spans human-computer interaction, methods for prototyping and developing, and advanced interaction techniques.

Participants will read current and classic research 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. The graded assignments focus on practicing the scientific tasks and skills discussed in class, for example designing evaluation protocols, analysing data, or surveying and synthesizing literature.

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


MSc Programme in Computer Science

MSc Programme in Computer Science with a minor subject 

Learning outcome

Knowledge of

  • Human-centred computing (HCC).
  • Current research topics in HCC, including but not limited to user experience, advanced user interfaces, and methods for prototyping and 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.

Classroom discussions and assignments

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, or the like.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
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
Several internal examiners

Resubmission of (possibly revised) assignments.

Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 14
  • Preparation
  • 78
  • Practical exercises
  • 14
  • Project work
  • 100
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 3
No limitation – unless you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student.
Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Computer Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Joanna Emilia Bergström   (6-6c716370706342666b306d7730666d)
Saved on the 15-02-2024

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