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DH2630 Methods in Behavioural Science 6.0 credits

The course presents different perspectives in behavioural science with focus on method. Practical exercises in techniques for collecting data are given.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DH2630 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Methods in behavioural sciences and their different perspectives applied in the field of Human-Computer Interaction are presented. Examples of parts included in the course are:

Methods and techniques for collecting data, different perspectives on users, relation among research, design and development. Practical exercises in the techniques observation, questionnaire and interview.

Intended learning outcomes

The goal of the course is that students that has completed the course should be able to:

  • reason about how a study should be performed in order to be scientifically sound
  • be able to describe how to perform different behavioural methods
  • have practical experience of performing qualitative and quantitative investigations
  • have practical experience of planning and collecting data via different techniques
  • discuss possibilities and limitations of different techniques for collecting data

in order for the students to

  • be able to design and perform a scientifically and ethically sound study
  • be able to choose relevant method and techniques for collecting data in order to solve practical problems on the field
  • achieve practical experience of using different techniques for collecting data
  • be able to judge how scientifically sound others and their own investigations are

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

180 university credits in Degree program in Computer Engineering or 2D1345/DD1345, Introduction to Computer Science or 2D1320/DD1345, Applied Computer Science or equivalent.


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To be announced at least 2 weeks before course start at course web page.

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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

To actively participate during seminars, give account for exercises, home examination.

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

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Offered by

CSC/Media Technology and Interaction Design

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Higher courses in the HCI specialization or in the HCI-master program.


Ann Lantz, tel: 790 6817, e-post: