IN5500 – Computer Supported Co-operative Work

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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IN5500 vil NOT be taught Spring 2021

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 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.

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

Course content

The course introduces the students to Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and gives an overview of this interdisciplinary research area. CSCW emphasizes empirical studies of work and cooperation as a basis for suggesting improved IT support. The course walks you through central theories and concepts for understanding work and use of IT as well as studies of the practices people have both inside and outside of work. The aim of the course is to give students a foundation for their own research about use and design of IT for people’s practices in work and everyday life. The teaching is organized around discussions of research papers encouraging students to define and argue for their own interests within the research field.

Learning outcome

After having attended the course you will be able to

  • explain how use of IT in work and everyday life can be understood when applying central theories and concepts from the CSCW area
  • compare and contrast different theoretical and methodological approaches within a broad and varied research area like CSCW
  • apply theories and concepts from the CSCW area on your own empirical data and your own experiences with use of IT in work and everyday life
  • explain you own interest in the CSCW area and argue for it with theory/concepts and empirical studies from the curriculum
  • build your own understanding of use of IT in work and everyday life as a basis for understanding the CSCW area
  • describe the "state of the art" within the research area

Admission to the course

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

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures and discussion every week. The course requires 80% attendance in class and production of reading notes for 80% of the articles in the curriculum. In addition, a groupware test and a (group) report is required. All mandatory assignments must be completed before the exam.


Oral 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: INF5200 - Computer supported co-operative work (continued)INF9920 - Computer supported co-operative work (continued)IN9500 - Computer Supported Co-operative Work

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) Nov. 25, 2020 4:16:38 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)

IN5500 vil NOT be taught Spring 2021