Postgraduate course

Software Specification

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINF220
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course introduces methods for software specification, with a focus on abstraction in the software process.

Learning Outcomes

 The students shall be able to

- define the main concepts in the specification theory,

- prove the most important theorems,

- apply algebraic methods in the specification of APIs (application programming interfaces), and

- validate such specifications.

Required Previous Knowledge

At least 60 ECTS in computer science, preferably including some mathematics

Recommended Previous Knowledge

INF121 Programming paradigms / INF122 Functional programming

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

Up to 6 hours each week in 13 weeks with lectures and organised laboratory assignments. In addition individual and team exercises and self studies, for a total of 270 study hours.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Compulsory assignments are valid two semesters, the semester of the approval and the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam. It is opportunity for grades on exercises, which can be included in the final grade. If less than 20 students are taking the course, it can be oral exam.

No aids allowed.

Examination Support Material

None if the exam is oral.
Eclipse and related course ware (plugins, library) if written exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

I220: 10 ECTS

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact Student adviser

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.


Contact Information

Student adviser:

mailto:studieveileder@ii.uib.no Student adviser

T: 55 58 42 00