DH2416 Computer Support for Cooperative Work 9.0 credits

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Please note

This course has been cancelled.

Advanced course in human computer interaction on computer supported cooperative work. A general question is how cooperation in different forms can be supported by technology. This problem may be approached from many perspectives, both technical and sociological/psychological. Several of them are introduced in the course.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Computer Science and Engineering
    Information Technology
    Information and Communication Technology
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: spring 11.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students shall be able to

  • account for different social aspects that may affect cooperation between people,
  • describe and explain different concepts that are central within the Computer Support for Cooperative Work (CSCW) area,
  • describe the difference between different kinds of groupware and how they affect cooperation between people,
  • based on theories within the CSCW area, analyze how different groupware may affect the users' possibilities for cooperation and their work patterns,
  • based on the knowledge about an organization's needs, motivate the choice of suitable types of groupware.

Course main content

The CSCW area focuses on a number of other areas, e.g., awareness, mediated communication, collaborative writing, virtual environments, communities, and workplace studies. The content and planning of the course is done considering the students and the on-going activities at the school. Examples of what is discussed during the course:

  • what a so called groupware (a system that supports cooperation, e.g., e-mail or chat-systems) is and different kinds of applications,
  • what kinds of groupware that exists to support the process around collaborative writing,
  • how we are affected by the medium we communicate through, e.g., differences between communication face-to-face, text based communication and video based communication,
  • how cooperation can be supported in virtual environments (CVE),
  • different perspectives (sociological and psychological) for understanding cooperation and communication,
  • workplace studies and how they exemplify cooperation.

The course includes a laboratory experiment in which a number of tasks are conducted during the first part of the course, and a project task is conducted during the second part of the course. The course also includes a home exam.


Recommended prerequisites

2D1622/DH2622 Human-Computer Interaction, second course or equivalent.


To be announced at least 4 weeks before course start. Previous year material produced at the department was used.


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Assignments, 4.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see: http://www.kth.se/csc/student/hederskodex/1.17237?l=en_UK.

Requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN1; 4,5 university credits).
Laboratory work (LAB1; 4,5 university credits).
There are elements in the course where attendance is mandatory.

Offered by

CSC/Media Technology and Interaction Design


Kristina Groth, tel: 790 6279, e-post: kicki@nada.kth.se


Supplementary information

The course is given every second year. The course is given if there are at least 15 students.

Add-on studies

Please discuss with the instructor.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2009.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.