IN5320 – Development in Platform Ecosystems

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Course content

In this course, you will learn the principles and practice of application design and development within platform ecosystems. Conceptually, you will learn about the socio-technical complexities related to large-scale information systems, and how platform architectures and ecosystems attempt to address these. Further, we look at how such architectures may enable user participation in the development of applications and user interfaces that are sensitive to local requirements within a larger system. As a part of this, principles of open source software development, web development, REST architectures, APIs and software platforms will be emphasized. Practically, you will develop web applications with JavaScript and HTML using modern, open-source frameworks and RESTful APIs with an emphasis on requirements derived from user needs.

The practical work is based on individual assignments and a major group project. For the individual assignments, you will practice developing applications in JavaScript that utilize RESTful web APIs. For the group project, you will together with other students develop a web application with JavaScript and HTML using the RESTful web API of the open source platform DHIS2 ( Developed at the Department of Informatics, DHIS2 is the most widely used health management information system in the world. The group projects are based on real-world use-cases and needs from DHIS2 users around the world.

Learning outcome

After you have completed this course you:

  • will have an understanding of the socio-technical complexity related to large-scale information systems that span several use-cases and contexts.
  • can reflect on how platform architectures and ecosystems might enable development of applications that are sensitive to local requirements within a larger system.
  • will have insights on web development, software platforms, RESTful web services and APIs.
  • can prototype and develop apps for a software platform.
  • can develop web-based software with JavaScript and HTML, using modern, open-source frameworks.
  • will have experience with developing software in a team.


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

The course number is limited to 100 students

If the number of enrolled students is higher than 100, they will be ranked as followed:

  1. Master students at the Department of Informatics who has the course approved in their study plan
  2. Master students of the Design, Use, Interaction master program.
  3. Master students at the Department of Informatics
  4. Others


Recommended previous knowledge

IN1000 – Introduction to Object-oriented Programming, IN1010 – Object-oriented Programming or similar programming experience is expected.

IN1050 – Introduction to Design, Use, Interaction, IN1060 – Use Oriented design, INF3290 – Store og komplekse informasjonssystemer (continued) or a fundamental understanding of socio-technical complexity and user involvement in design is beneficial but not required.

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of assignment training per week, and 2 hours of plenary exercise in selected weeks of the semester. Mandatory assignments must be completed during the course. Rules for mandatory assignments.

Note that attending the first lecture is mandatory.


Individual deliverables (pass/fail), group project with oral exam (40% of grade) and individual written exam (60% of grade).

Deliverables, group project and individual exam each has to be passed, and passes in the same semester, to pass the course.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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: INF5750 – Open Source Development (continued)INF9750 – Open Source Development (discontinued)

Special examination arrangements

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