IN5210 – Information Systems

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Course content

This course offers a broad introduction to information systems theories. In lectures and seminars these theories are used to discuss and analyse information systems practices in organizations, such as design, development, implementation, and management. The course is based on a socio-technical understanding of information systems. A particular focus is on the complexity caused by the many user groups, stakeholders, information technologies, standards, practices etc. found in organizations. The curriculum is designed to cover classical information systems readings as well as current information systems research.

Learning outcome

After the successful completion of IN5210 you:

  • can describe information systems practices in organizations, and can relate these to complexity and organizational change.
  • can discuss core concepts, models and approaches of information systems development.
  • recognize and articulate the socio-technical and complex nature of information systems.
  • are knowledgeable of contemporary debates in information systems research
  • can review academic literature to identify relevant theories and concepts and use them to analyze and discuss empirical data.
  • describe the role of theory in guiding research and as outcome of research.


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4 hours lectures per week in the beginning of the semester, 2 hours in last part. 2 hours seminars per week. The following mandatory activities are:

  • attending the first lecture
  • 80% participation in lectures
  • submission of a short summary/reflection document prior to each seminar.

Rules for mandatory assignmnets.


Essay (written home exam).  The mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material


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

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.

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