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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course gives a highlevel introduction to distributed data-systems and shows how logical methods can be used to model and reason about data-types and distributed systems. The course introduces different kinds of classes of distributed systems, like transport-protocols, classical distributed algorithms and security protocols. The course also shows how requirement-specifications can define mathematics, and how to analyse whether a system satisfies a given requirement-specification.

The course uses equational logic and rewriting logic, as well as the analysis-tool Maude, to specify systems in a functional programming-style and to analyse systems.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course:

  • you´ll be familiar with key distributed systems/algorithms
  • you´ll be familiar with cryptography and cryptographic protocols
  • you´ll be able to model distributed system, like distributed algorithms, network protocols and security protocols, at a high level of abstraction
  • you´ll be able to test prototypes/models of such systems
  • you´ll be able to reason mathematically about properties of systems
  • you´ll be familiar with key classes of requirements that a distributed systems may have to satisfy
  • you´ll be able to formalize requirement specifications mathematically, and can check whether a system satisfies its requirements

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

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).

It´s advantageous to have had a beginners course in programming (such as IN1000). It would also be useful to have had a beginners course in logic (such as IN1150).

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures each week; 2 hours of assignment reviews; mandatory assignments must be approved before one can take the exam. Read more about requirements for assignment of assignments, group work and legal cooperation under guidelines for mandatory assignments.


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

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: INF3232 - Logic for System Analysis (continued)/INF4232 - Logic for System Analysis (continued)/INF3230 - Formal modeling and analysis of communicating systems (continued)/INF4230 - Formal modeling and analysis of communicating systems (discontinued).

Examination support material

All printed and written aids can be used at the exam.

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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 23, 2021 12:15:55 AM

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