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INF5750 - Open source software development

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Course content

Methodologies, frameworks, and tools, with an emphasis on modular web development (e.g. Spring, Hibernate, WebWork, Maven, Eclipse).

Learning outcome

After this course you will

  • have a good understanding of how to develop a software system in a team with other developers
  • be able to develop web-enabled software using common software components such as Spring and Hibernate.
  • have a good understanding of information system architectures, using own and external party interfaces as part of your app development
  • have a basic understanding of HTML5 and how to develop modern web enabled applications
  • have a basic understanding of mobile app development for Android, using native applications or HTML5
  • have important background understanding about open source licensing and the consequences of using open source in products.
  • be able to participate in developing DHIS2, one of the largest health information systems in the world.


Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

Thorough general programming and Java background


The course explores free and open source software, partly through lectures, but mainly through active participation (programming) in real contexts. Student groups will work throughout in a project setting, and link up with international partners (e.g. in Asia or Africa) for distributed development of open source applications.


The course examination is based on the submission and participation in the following:

  • Assignment 1 (individual)
  • Assignment 2 (individual)
  • Assignment 3 (individual)
  • Group project
  • Group presentation
  • Individual essay

All parts must be approved/passed. General information about the examination.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination may resit an exam at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.


It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on demand)

If English speaking participants