Course syllabus

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Technology Supported Communication

TEK280, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 1
Date of Decision: 2012-03-19

General Information

Elective for: C4, C4-da, D4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course aims to give understanding for possibilities and limitations taht arise where a new technology is used.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


1. Human face-to-face communication. The course starts by looking at how we communicate face-to-face; how we transmit our message, how we communicate multimodally (language, gesture and gaze direction), how we create understanding, how we deal with expectations, and how we prevent misunderstandings. The objective of this introduction is to raise the awareness about the richness of face-to-face communication that serves as a comparison basis when we look at technical systems. Form: Lectures, excercises, labs, self study.

2. Technology supported communication. The course continues with a focus on specific types of technically supported communication. In this moment we explore the following questions: What are the particular possibilities and limitations of each technical communication system, when comparedto face-to-face communication? How do we compensate for the social aspects of communication (politeness, humour, irony etc)? How do we compensate for the lack of visual communication (gaze direction, posture)? How do we compensate for the lack of voice information (intonation, laughter, undertones)? How do we compensate for the lack of gestural information? Form: Lectures, excercises, empirical studies, field studies, lab studies, video recordings, data transcription, group discussions.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Oral presentation and written examination. Approved assignments are required for a final grade.


Required prior knowledge: TEK210 Cognition.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 8.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Jana Holsanova, Kognitionsforskning,
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