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TIEVA36 Principles of Usability, User Experience and User Interfaces

TIEVA36 Principles of Usability, User Experience and User Interfaces

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Level: Intermediate studies

Time for enrolling: Non-stop. The course area will be available till July 2018, and last options for electronic examinations are in mid July 2018. Finish the course before the end of your study rights.

Method of enrolling: Send an email to the teacher ( with "PUXUI enrollment" as the subject of your email and give the following information in the message body:

  • your full name and possible student id number at University of Tampere (UTA),
  • student status: are you a degree student (e.g., of HTI) at UTA, TUT or TAMK, and major of studies,
    if you are an exchange student, what is the university you are visiting, and what is your major of studies at your home university.

The course key will be sent to you by email.

Tuition: The study materials are available in Moodle and in electronic libraries that are used via the Andor service

  • The course requires that you have the UTA basic user account (BUA, see, or,
  • that you can login with your own university's user account with HAKA credentials to Moodle, and have access to electronic libraries.

Note: Before you can take the examination, you will need to have study rights at the University of Tampere. You can enroll by email already before getting the study rights, if you have the study right at some other Finnish university.

Getting the study rights at UTA

There are no face-to-face meetings on this course. Only when taking the electronic examination you need to be present at University of Tampere. Otherwise you can study remotely working on the Moodle assignments. Note: you'll need headphones to watch the streaming videos.

General information

Who is this course unit aimed at: this course gets you started in Interactive Technology and Human-Technology Interaction.

  • Are you starting your studies in the HTI or other M.Sc. programs for international students and you wish to take courses in Interactive Technology?
    If you do not have any background in Human-Technology Interaction and want to study Interactive Technology at UTA, PUXUI can be a required course because it gives an overview of the field. Ask your tutor teacher, if you can and should include PUXUI into your Personal study plan (HOPS).
  • Are you an exchange student at UTA (in any discipline)? You can take this course. It does not require knowledge of programming or previous studies in human-technology interaction.
  • Are you a student interested in the field of Human-Technology Interaction? You can take PUXUI as part of "optional studies", "vapaavalintaiset opinnot".


  • Are you a Finnish-speaking student at the university and *not* taking the M.Sc. program in Human-Technology Interaction or other Master level program? Do you want to get one of the recommended Study Modules ("Opintokokonaisuus") that has defined prerequisite courses in Finnish? Then this PUXUI course is *not* for you. Instead, "TIEP2 Johdatus vuorovaikutteiseen teknologiaan" and "TIEA1 Käyttöliittymien perusteet" are arranged in Finnish and you should study according to their requirements.  PUXUI combines their key points.

What will be covered: This course introduces many basic concepts (usability, user experience, conceptual  and mental models, user-centered design, human senses and computer input and output modalities, usability evaluation methods, mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, interaction styles and style guides). The information given in the Curricula Guide will be supplemented in Moodle with self-study material. No lectures or face-to-face meetings with the teacher will be arranged.

Upon completion of the course the student

  • knows about important paradigms and milestones in the history of human-computer interaction
  • understands the importance of user-centered design for the success of products
  • understands basics of human perceptual, cognitive and motor functions, and their importance to interaction design
  • recognizes basic controls and interaction styles in graphical user interfaces and is able to describe how they should be applied
  • knows where to look for information about platform specific user experience design guidelines for graphical user interfaces
  • can apply principles of good design in expert evaluation and find design errors in user interfaces.

When and how can the course be taken: The course is arranged non-stop as a self-study module within Moodle.
Contact the teacher ( for access rights.

Technically, the course is scheduled in periods 1 (September-October) and 3 (January-March) for eight weeks self-study ending in an exam. Your own study pace can be slower; there are no set deadlines. There will be three or more examination periods in each semester in the electronic exam service, each lasting roughly one week, during which you can take the exam. The exams will be graded after the exam period, and you can retake it once if you did not pass.
The course is graded with PASS / FAIL.

For HTI students, the recommended time for taking this course is at the beginning of studies. Many course units in the Human-Technology MSc. Programme base and extend on the concepts introduced in PUXUI.

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