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Postgraduate course

Research Topics in Information Systems Development

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeINFO333
  • Number of semesters1
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Irregular (not taught every year)

Objectives and Content

The course covers research in areas of information systems development (ISD). It will focus on topics among these: technological trends, application areas, requirements, stakeholders and roles, project management, governance, privacy, safety and security. A sequence of seminars will be held where we in each seminar focus on topics from the ISD field, combined with a focus on a literature review process in research.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge and skills:


The candidate

  • knows central theories within information systems development.
  • knows current research within selected information systems development topics.
  • knows about methods used in information systems development research


The candidate

  • can identify and analyze relevant research literature for topics in information systems development.
  • can assess the applicability of research methods in an information systems development research project.
  • can apply information systems development concepts and principles in a concrete development project.

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor in Information Science or similar.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

INFO212, INFO233 or similar.

Access to the Course

Master in Information Science. Other master students may apply for admission.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminar, assignments and presentations.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation: Attendance at 80 % of course sessions is compulsory.

Compulsory requirements are only valid the semester they are approved.

Forms of Assessment

  • Literature review within a limited area of information systems development research. (60%) This is a group work for groups of (2)-3 persons. The study should identify prevailing theories in the area, research methodologies and research gaps in the area.
  • Individual essay related to the literature study. Should be an in-depth argument for a research topic to pursue in information systems development (40%).

Grading Scale

The grading system has a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail.

Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester.

Course Evaluation

All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.

Course Administrator

Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.