IN9140 – Smart processes and agile methods in software engineering

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The course will give a solid fundament for participating in and manage the software projects of an organization and for improving the way such projects are conducted.

Learning outcome

After taking the course you:

  • know the fundamentals of development processes, principles and methods, and their effects
  • know the basics of smart processes in systems development, which will usually include Lean and agile principles,
  • understand the relationship between quality of software projects and the quality of the systems that are being developed
  • know principles, frameworks and method for improvement of development processes,
  • have obtained an understanding of measurements and empirical-based knowledge as a basis for development of high-quality IT systems,
  • will be a professional and skilled participant and facilitator in a team that develop IT systems.
  • will understand how to use research methods such as experiments, case studies and surveys for evaluating the effect of initiatives for software process improvements.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of group tuition per week.

The teaching method is dialogue oriented and practically oriented (the subject has few "defined" answers).

In teaching, emphasis is placed on discussing the project assignments. This submission is a document that contains a concrete improvement plan for an imagined or real business. The project assignment in this course will put greater weight on (research-)methods for evaluation possible improvements in the project than what is demanded for the master variant of this course.

It is highly recommended to attend the first lecture as it will be given important information.


This subject has a digital exam. The project assignment consists of two submissions. Assessment of both submissions counts 30%. 4 hours written digital exam counts 70%.

Both submissions and the exam must be passed in the same semester.

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: IN5140, INF5181, INF9181, INF5180, INF9980, ITLED4220, IN331

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 pass/fail scale. 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) Sep. 22, 2020 2:15:38 PM

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