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IC2007 Collaborative Computing 7.5 credits

“As a result of cognitive bias and a misguided alliance to the methods of natural science, HCI, has succeeded in obscuring the sociality of the user and the workplace. The challenge for design is one of getting to grips with the sociality of the workday world”.(A. Crabtree, 2003, p. 33).

The course is about the turn towards the social taken in systems design.

In particular the goal of the course is for participants to comprehend how to design cooperative systems taking into account the sociality of the user and the molding of technology to cooperative work.

The course provides a range of analytical concepts for purposes of design and evaluation of computer support for cooperative work (CSCW).

Furthermore, this course considers recent research and design initiatives with regard to communication technologies for the entertainment industries (games) and for communications between family and friends (social communities). The course covers the following topics: •          Collaboration technology features and categories•          Psychology of teams, social communities functioning •          Ethnography in System Design•          Awareness•          Coordination mechanisms •          Place and Space issues •          Social navigation of information space •          Privacy•          Folksonomies•          Communities•          Evaluation of collaborative technologies Examples of collaborative technologies we treat in this course are: wikis, webblogs, computer games, collaborative editing and collaborative filtering.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IC2007 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

During the course the following topics are treated:
-History and focus of groupware and CSCW research field
-Relation between
Ethnography/Ethnomethodology and System Design
-Workplace studies
-Designing for awareness
- Coordination mechanisms
- Place and Space in collaborative systems
- Social navigation of information space
- Collaborative filtering
- Co-located cooperative work
- Distributed cooperative work
- Design and evaluation of groupware

Intended learning outcomes

Curriculum objectives

After having attended the course participants should be able to:

-Explain the emergence of groupware, its focus and scope
-Make clear how to approach a group interface
-Discuss technological and social issues in the use of groupware at work, school or at home.
-Argue the role of ethnography in the development and design of cooperative technologies
-Explain the concepts of awareness and mutual awareness
-Distinguish the notions of space and place in cooperative systems
-Assess the adequacy of the social navigation concept
-Analyze how artifacts facilitate or not awareness
-Discuss challenges in the design and evaluation of groupware and to exemplify them.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

For single course students not attending a regular KTH Programme the following is required:

  • completed and documented upper secondary education including documented proficiency in English for applicants without knowledge of Swedish, shich is one of the general requisites for undergraduate studies in Sweden AND
  • docuemtende university records corresponding to 180 hp/Bacherlor´s degree within Computer Science or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

HCI - Human Computer Interaction - IC1007 or similar


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Collection of articles.

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 Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Seminars 3.0hp
Individual lab 1,5hp
Exam 3.0hp

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 IC2007

Offered by

ICT/Communications Systems

Main field of study

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

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course is a replacement for 2I1709 from 06/07. Students who have already taken the course 2I1709 can therefore not apply for this one.