Research Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to give an understanding of the current trends in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) research. The students will gain knowledge about a range of advanced concepts and approaches related to analysis and design of interactive systems.

The course will introduce the students to a variety of modern interaction techniques, styles and paradigms, as well as main challenges for conducting interaction design activities, presented by new interactive technologies. An overview of key research on personal technologies, technology-enabled ecologies and habitats, and the "design turn" in HCI will be provided within the course. Main theoretical approaches in HCI, including activity theory, distributed cognition, and phenomenology, will be discussed and related to concrete research and development in the field.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • knows main issues and challenges in current HCI research, as well as new research problems.
  • understands social implications of interactive technologies.


The student

  • can discuss how HCI concepts and methods can be applied in analysis, design, and evaluation of interactive technologies.
  • can plan and implement exploratory projects directed at envisioning and prototyping novel interactive artefacts.
  • can work in a team to produce and evaluate prototypes of novel interactive artefacts.
  • can work in a team to document the production and evaluation of novel interactive artefacts.
  • can present and discuss central topics in the HCI field, both orally and in writing

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor`s degree in Information Science or equivalent.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Master's programme in Information Science or Master's programme in Media and Interaction Design.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, work on individual and group assignments, presentations, and discussions.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • There will be mandatory assignments which must be completed and approved.
  • Mandatory participation: Attendance at 80 % of course sessions is mandatory.
  • Written assignment reports can be submitted in either English or Norwegian.

    The approved mandatory assignments cannot be carried over to other semesters.

    Forms of Assessment
  • Group based term paper (40%)
  • Individual oral exam (60%)
  • The exam assignment will be given in the language of instruction in the course. The exam answer must be submitted in the same language as the exam assignment.

    Grading Scale
    The grading system has a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail.
    Assessment Semester

    Assessment in teaching semester.

    Assessment in teaching semester.Students with valid absence as defined in the UiB regulations ยง 5-5 can apply for an extended submission deadline to The application must be submitted before the deadline for submission has expired.

    Reading List
    The reading list will be ready before 1 July for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.
    Course Evaluation
    All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
    Programme Committee
    The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
    Course Administrator
    The Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.