Language and Communication Studies

The degree programme also includes mandatory Language and Communication Studies as follows:


694633A Introduction to Statistical Analysis

ECTS credits: 4

Timing: 2nd year, autumn or spring term

Learning outcomes: Students will know how to plan a quantitative study and how to acquire observational data. Students will be able to describe a phenomenon being investigated by using tables, figures and parameters, and will know the fundamental principles of statistical inference.

Mode of delivery: Lectures and exercises with the SPSS computer programme

Recommended or required reading: Information on recommended reading may be obtained from the lecturer

Assessment methods and criteria: Formal lecture examination

Grading: 0–5

Person responsible: University Lecturer Terttu Kortelainen


For the 7 ECTS credits in Information and Communication Technology, the following courses organized by the Department of Information Processing Science are recommended:


810136P Introduction to Information Processing Sciences

ECTS credits: 5

Language of instruction: Finnish

Timing: 1st year, autumn term, periods 1–2

Learning outcomes: The course focuses on the key concepts of the information society, information technology and development prospects as well as on the main lines of computer science teaching and research. Students are able to search for information relevant to the course, as well as analyse and structure the information and write short reports based on it.

Contents: The course consists of lectures on various aspects of computer science and current research. In addition, workplace life will also be discussed during lectures. The course also familiarizes students with scientific work and its sub-processes through listening, discussing, reading, critical and creative thinking, material search, structuring information and writing presentations.

Mode of delivery: Lectures (26h), exercises (30h), independent study (55h) and final exam. A web-based learning environment for sharing information and to support discussion of the exercises

Target group: Candidate-level students (compulsory)

Recommended or required reading: A list of study materials will be available on the course website

Assessment methods and criteria: Participation in lectures, course assignments and exam

Grading: 0–5

Person responsible: Juhani Warsta


811171P Humans as Users and Developers of Information Technology

ECTS credits: 4

Timing: 1st year, autumn term, period 2

Learning outcomes: The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of humans function as users and developers of computers. The course provides a basis for future courses on usability and trains students in basic study skills at the university level. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to view humans as both users and developers of information technology. They will know some concepts focal to the phenomenon and understand the meaning of these concepts in practice. Students will also be familiar with the background and scientific basis of usability research. Students will be able to observe and analyse users’ various experiences of usability, as well as understand the challenges of a developer when the aim is to provide pleasant experiences for users of technology. Upon completion of the course, students will realize that they are moving from the role of a user of technology to the designer’s expert role.

Contents: Central concepts and themes of the course include the diversity of information technology, humans as users and developers of information technology, usability, usage and user experience, and user-focused design

Learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures (24h), lecture assignments, exam and work on separate assignments

Target group: Candidate-level students (compulsory), subsidiary subject students

Prerequisites and co-requisites: None

Recommended or required reading: Antti Oulasvirta, Ihmisen ja tietokoneen vuorovaikutus (2011)(chapters I and II). Also materials provided in lectures and other supplementary material

Assessment methods and criteria: Grading based on the evaluation of the lecture assignments, exam and separate assignments

Grading: 0–5

Person responsible: Tonja Molin-Juustila

Work placements: No


812304A Organizations and Information Systems

ECTS credits: 6

Language of instruction: Finnish

Timing: 2nd year, spring term, period 4

Learning outcomes: The course gives a broad overview of information systems in contemporary organizations. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to explain the importance of information systems for organizations, define the conditions of success for information operations in organizations and identify the main features of the development of information systems.

Contents: Fundamentals of organization; structure and function; basics of digital organizations; basic types of information systems and their roles in organizations; interaction between organizations and information systems; the role of information systems in the management and decision making of an organization; formation and control of organizational information; enterprise resource planning systems; the renewal of organizations with information systems; the economic aspects of information systems

Learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures (27h), independent reading of course material (about 130h)

Target group: Candidate-level students (compulsory), subsidiary subject students

Prerequisites and co-requisites Introduction to Information Systems Design

Recommended or required reading: Laudon, K.C. and Laudon, J.P., Management Information Systems, (Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Sixth edition, 2000, pp. 2–159, 330–367, 398–495; or Seventh edition, 2002, pp. 2–101, 301–429; or the Ninth edition 2006, pp. 1–111, 378–506, 534 – 569; or the Tenth edition, pp. 3–119, 428–523, 552–587); Handy, C., Understanding Organizations, (Penguin Books, Fourth edition, 1999, pp. 13–179); Mintzberg, H., Structure in Fives, Designing effective organizations, (Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1983, pp. 1–23); Nonaka, I. & Takeuchi, H., The Knowledge Creating Company, (Oxford University Press, New York, 1995, pp. 56–94, 124–171)

Assessment methods and criteria: Exam

Grading: 0–5

Person responsible: To be announced

Work placements: No


810124P Computer Architecture

ECTS credits: 5

Language of instruction: Finnish

Timing: 1st year, spring term, period 3

Learning outcomes: The course gives an overview of the programme's running platform which consists of computer hardware, network interfaces and device drivers. The approach of the course is abstract thinking. The components of the complex running platform are perceived as layered system architecture. The course teaches the structure of architecture layers, mechanisms, running semantics and tasks, and determination and compatibility of critical properties (performance, security, power consumption). The main focus of the course is on PC computer architecture, but laptops and mobile computers are also examined.

Upon completion of the course, students understand and can manage the software platform for the performance of the structure and activities related to performance, resource needs, and error situations. Students master the basic vocabulary necessary to communicate and document the software development, particularly in the nearby device applications such as embedded software, mobile systems, multimedia and scientific computing. Students will be able to use and work with computers in their first job as a professional.


1. Basics of digital logic and components of a processor

2. Display formats of digital information

3. The processor and its functions

4. The processor instruction set (MIPS and IA32)

5. Assembly language

6. Operating system services

7. Memory management

8. Input and output

9. Interrupts, device drivers and BIOS

10. Multimedia support

11. Mobile platforms

12. Parallel computing

Learning activities and teaching methods:Lectures (40h), home assignments (15h), laboratory assignments (15h), exam

Target group: Candidate-level students (compulsory), subsidiary subject students

Recommended or required reading: Comer; D.E., Essentials of Computer Architecture, (Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-106426-7. 2005. 369 p.)

Examples from the following books are used in lectures: Tanenbaum A.S., Structured Computer Organizations, (4th Edition. Prentice Hall. 1999. 700 p. );Stallings, W. Computer Organization and Architecture (5th Edition. Prentice Hall. 2000. 768 p.)

Assessment methods and criteria: Exam

Grading: 0–5

Person responsible: Petri Pulli

Work placements: No


Last updated: 18.9.2014