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Course content

Programming in a functional language. Recursion. Abstract data types. Data directed programming, memoization, object oriented programming, lists and streams. The strengths and weaknesses of functional programming compared to imperativ programming. Semantics for evaluating function calls and interpreting functional programs.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of IN2040 you will
  • master foundational techniques from the paradigm of functional programming.
  • be trained in using abstraction to structure programs.
  • be able to explain and use recursion in general, as well as know how to distinguish between recursive and iterative processes.
  • be able to write and use higher-order functions.
  • master techniques for delayed evaluation for working with infinite data structures such as streams.
  • have insight in different models for understanding how code is evaluated.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 or Mathematics (S1+S2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).

IN1000 – Introduksjon i objektorientert programmering/INF1000 – Grunnkurs i objektorientert programmering (videreført)/INF1001 – Grunnkurs i objektorientert programmering (nedlagt)/IN1900 – Introduksjon til programmering for naturvitenskapelige anvendelser/INF1100 – Grunnkurs i programmering for naturvitenskapelige anvendelser (videreført)/HUMIT1700 – Grunnkurs i programmering for humanister (nedlagt)

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF2810 – Functional Programming (continued)

10 sp mot HUMIT2710 – Funksjonell programmering (nedlagt), 10 sp mot HUMIT2710MN – Funksjonell programmering (nedlagt), innholdet er dekket av det tidligere SLI230.


2 hours of lectures and two hours of group work per week. In addition there will be guidance for students at their computers. Mandatory assignements must be completed during the course. The firts assignment will be handled individually. The next will be solved in groups (2-3 students). Rules for mandatory assigments.


4 hour written digital exam. The mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. 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 are offered a postponed examination 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

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.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF2810 – Functional Programming (continued) - HUMIT2710 - Funksjonell programmering/HUMIT2710MN - Funksjonell programmering/SLI230.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2019


Autumn 2019

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