IN1020 – Introduction to Computer Technology

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

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

Overlapping courses


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, as well as a calculator (only with battery, and without communication options)

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 6, 2020 11:21:46 PM

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