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DH2416 Computer Support for Cooperative Work 9.0 credits

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.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DH2416 (Autumn 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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.

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 disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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


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

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


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

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see:

Other 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DH2416

Offered by

CSC/Media Technology and Interaction Design

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Please discuss with the instructor.


Kristina Groth, tel: 790 6279, e-post:

Supplementary information

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