IN1020 – Introduction to Computer Technology

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Course content

All informatics education is based on an understanding of what a computer is and how it works. This course gives that understanding. It explains the elements of a modern computer and their function, and how combining them produces a powerful tool.

Learning outcome

After having completed this course you have:

  • basic knowledge of the most important components of a computer, their function and understanding of how they cooperate
  • can you write simple code in machine language and understand how it is processed by a processor
  • wide knowledge of computer network communication
  • knowledge of how modern distributed services like social networks and virtual computers in the cloud work
  • knowledge of typical security threats and which security solutions are used to reduce these threats


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

This overlap applies to students who take IN1020 Autumn 2019 or later


This course has 2 hours lecture, 1 hour rehearsals and 2 hours group work with tutor. Mandatory assignments which must be completed during the course. Rules for mandatory assignments.

Note that the first lecture is compulsory.


4 hours written digital exam. Mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam. 

Examination support material

All written and printed exam resources are allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

This course is given first time autumn 2017


Every autumn

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