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TALLINN UNIVERSITY

Study programme form

1. Title of the study programme INIMESE JA ARVUTI INTERAKTSIOON


2. Title of the study programme HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
in English
3. Study level

Master's studies

4. Study form(s)

cyclical learning

5. Educational institution

TALLINN UNIVERSITY

6. Study programme volume


(ECTS credit)

120

7. Nominal duration of study

2 years

8. Study programme group

informatics and information technology

9. Study programme code in


EHIS

80405

10. The curator of the study


programme

David Jose Ribeiro Lamas

11. Language(s) of instruction

English

12. Other languages needed to


achieve learning outcomes

13. First registration of the


study programme

30.03.2006

14. Conditions of admission

The Master in Human-Computer Interaction programme is designed for


students with a Bachelor level of education, who have a strong interest
in interactive systems and a background, in or related to:
Informatics;
Design;
Social sciences.
International applicants whom English is not native language are
required to provide a proof of their English language proficiency. One
of the following is accepted:
FCE (First Certificate in English): A;
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): C;
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): C;
IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 5.5;
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) paper version: 525,
internet based: 70, computer-based: 196 (Tallinn University Code
number is: 0449);
CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
learning, teaching, and assessment): B2.
Exceptions are made only for applicants who completed their previous
studies fully in English.

15. Main field(s) of study and


their volume (ECTS credit)

Human-Computer Interaction 108 ECTS

16. Minor field(st) of study,


ohter possible specialisations
and their volume (ECTS credit)

17. Study programme


objectives

The goal of the programme is to prepare human-computer interaction


experts. These are specialists that understand and create technology that
harmonizes with and improves human capabilities, goals, and social
environments through interdisciplinary research and education in
computer science, design and behavioral social sciences.

18. Learning outcomes of the


study programme

- knowledgeable about the techniques necessary for the design and


development of easy to use, appealing and thoroughly thought through
software and technical systems
- is able to effectively lead and collaborate in the design and
development of successful software and technical systems
- has necessary communication and team-working skills for involving
different partners
- prepared to contribute to the multi-disciplinary teams that typically
construct software and technical systems
- is ready to follow established professional, ethical and intellectual
property protection principles
- is able to continue studies at the PhD level

19. The title of diploma or


academic degree(s)

Tehnikateaduse magister (inimese ja arvuti interaktsioon)


Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)

20. Documents issued at


graduation

Diploma and Diploma Supplement

21. Structure of the study


programme

Main field of study: Human-Computer Interaction


University-wide Courses 6/0
Harmonizations for Core Courses 0/4
Core Courses: Shaping Experiences 24/0
Foundations for Core Courses 18/4
Core Courses 12/16
Training 0/6
Electives 0/6
Master's Thesis 24/0

22. Options to complete the


study programme

Elective studies module consists of elective subjects that can be selected


according to personal interests and topic of master thesis.

23. Graduation terms

In order to graduate, the student shall complete the study programme in


the given volume, which includes passing all compulsory courses and
compiling and defending the Master_s thesis in English. As an
additional requirement for students who have been admitted until
2015/2016 the foreign language proficiency according to the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages shall correspond to
C1 level.

24. Additional information

Head of curriculum David Lamas, PhD (david.lamas@tlu.ee)


http://www.tlu.ee/en/School-of-Digital-Technologies
HCI website: http://hci.tlu.ee/

STUDY PROGRAMME MODULES, THEIR OBJECTIVES AND LEARNING OUTCOMES


Title: University-wide Courses
Objectives

Volume:
6 ECTS

Purpose of the module is to support the development of generic competencies

through solving an interdisciplinary problem in a team.


Learning outcomes

Student who have passed the module:


- Is able to plan and conduct professional projects;
- Is able to correctly use the basic concepts of interdisciplinary approach and project
management in the collaboratively with team members;
- Create links between disciplines and analyze the perspectives of other disciplines
with regard to the solution chosen for the current problem;
- Tracks the process and effectiveness by critically assessing the activities and
suggesting improvement measures.

Assessment of the module: Subject-based


Courses
Course code

Course title

Volume
(ECTS)

Compulsory courses 6 ECTS


YID6001.YM

Interdistsiplinary Project

Selection principles: Module is compulsory


Title: Core Courses

Volume:
28 ECTS

Objectives

To develop advanced transferable skills from an undergraduate base in computing


or design to postgraduate knowledge in human-computer interaction;
To integrate creative ideas and insights into established knowledge and practice;
To progress towards individual specialization and career profile;
To gain a critical understanding and an ability to make sound judgments with
regard to complex issues related with human-computer interaction;
To practise project-oriented working methods and skills;
To instigate social aspects of working in individual, team-based and networked
environments.

Learning outcomes

The student will be able to:


Apply advanced skills in a variety of settings related to the design, development and
evaluation of software and technical systems;
Demonstrate individual orientations that allow establishing and deepening new or
existing professional careers;
Work in a range of typically cross-national, project and team-based technologically
mediated working environments.

Assessment of the module: Subject-based


Courses
Course code

Course title

Volume
(ECTS)

Compulsory courses 12 ECTS


IFI7309.DT

Development of Interactive Systems

IFI7310.DT

User Experience Evaluation

IFI7313.DT

Interaction Design Methods

Electives min. 16 ECTS


IFI7160.DT

Current Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

IFI7162.DT

Ubiquitous Computing

IFI7167.DT

Social Computing

IFI7172.DT

Human-Centered Computing

IFI7303.DT

Physiological and Affective Computing

IFI7311.DT

Ambient Computing

IFI7312.DT

Trust in Computing

IFI7317.DT

Accessible Computing

Selection principles:
Title: Core Courses: Shaping Experiences

Volume:
24 ECTS

Objectives

The objective of this module is to provide critical knowledge on human perceptual,


cognitive and emotional processes in order to analyze existing multimodal HCI
applications and create new ones taken to account specifics of these processes. Such
new applications could be described as optimal in terms of sensory, cognitive or
emotional experience.

Learning outcomes

The student will be able to:


- understand human perceptual, cognitive and emotional processes shaped by digital
media (including Virtual and Mixed environments) and HCI applications;
- critically analyze existing HCI applications from the perspective of perceptual
optimization, cognitive load or optimal emotional experience;
- use physiology-based, implicit interaction paradigms;
- design new HCI applications that adapted from perception, cognition or emotional
experience perspective.

Assessment of the module: Subject-based


Courses
Course code

Course title

Volume
(ECTS)

Compulsory courses 24 ECTS


BFI7027.FK

Transmedia Storytelling Theories and Methods

IFI7176.DT

Field Research Methods in HCI

IFI7180.DT

Prototyping

IFI7304.DT

Perception and Attention in Digital Media

IFI7305.DT

Cognition and Emotion of Digital Media

PSO7068.LT

Psychology of Social Influence

Selection principles: Module is compulsory


Title: Foundations for Core Courses

Volume:
22 ECTS

Objectives

- To build a sound and comprehensive understanding of human-computer


interaction, rooted in established theories;
- To develop the ability to inquire, investigate, and critique complex issues related
with human-computer interaction, observing academic standards and conventions;
- To acquire advanced analytical skills.

Learning outcomes

The students will:


- Have a comprehensive image of the discipline as a whole, being able to position
themselves with respect to other knowledge areas and concepts;
- Know how to access, refer and use research results in their professional practices

in epistemologically and ethically defensible ways;


- Be able to critically appraise different methods of research and demonstrate the
ability to select appropriate strategies of data collection, analysis and evaluation;
- Be ready to analyze existing or collected data, elaborate predictions, devise
conclusions, suggest generalizations, and evaluate the quality of the adopted
solutions, within a broader but systematic view of related knowledge areas.
Assessment of the module: Subject-based
Courses
Course code

Course title

Volume
(ECTS)

Compulsory courses 18 ECTS


IFI7308.DT

Research Methods

IFI7316.DT

Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction

IFI7318.DT

Master Thesis Seminar

Electives min. 4 ECTS


IFI7041.DT

Data Analysis: Descriptive Statistics

IFI7044.DT

Data Analysis: Inferential Statistics

Selection principles:
Title: Harmonizations for Core Courses

Volume:
4 ECTS

Objectives

Allow students to bridge the gap between past studies and the requirements of the
curriculum.

Learning outcomes

Student who have passed the module will develop basic understanding and skills on
either design or development topics, depending on choice of course.

Assessment of the module: Subject-based


Courses
Course code

Course title

Volume
(ECTS)

Electives min. 4 ECTS


IFI7161.DT

Design Theory and Methodology

IFI7314.DT

End-user Computing

Selection principles:
Title: Training

Volume:
6 ECTS

Objectives

Aim of the module is to shape the skills to apply the knowledge acquired during the
master studies in the professional activities.

Learning outcomes

Master student is able to apply the theoretical knowledge to practice.

Assessment of the module: Based on practise report.


Courses
Course code

Course title

Volume
(ECTS)

Electives min. 6 ECTS


DTI7001.DT

Traineeship Abroad

IFI7315.DT

Practice

Selection principles:
Title: Electives

Volume:
6 ECTS

Objectives

The aim of the module is to allow students to acquire additional competencies


related with own interests and needs for fulfilling the goals of the curriculum.

Learning outcomes

According to the learning outcomes of the courses chosen for the module

Assessment of the
module

Evaluation is subject-based

Selection principles:
Title: Master's Thesis

Volume:
24 ECTS

Objectives

To provide the students with conditions that support:


- The development of an in-depth knowledge of a specific area;
- Their specialization based on an individually focused task;
- The shaping of one_s communication skills, written and oral expression and the
exploration of new technologies in this process.

Learning outcomes

The student can:


- Express oneself, in oral, written and technology-mediated ways in the ways
required by enterprises, organizations or the academic community;
- Can operate within the constraints of common review and evaluation practices.

Assessment of the
module

The master thesis will be evaluated by a defence committee, which will base the
evaluation on the thesis as well as the defence process. The master thesis defence
session is open to the public.