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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

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 IN9210 you:

  • have insights in information systems practices in organizations, and can relate these to complexity and organizational change
  • have an understanding of core concepts, models and approaches of information systems development
  • have an understanding of the socio-technical and complex nature of information systems
  • can participate in contemporary debates in information systems research
  • can review and synthesize academic literature, identify relevant theories and concepts and use them to analyze and discuss empirical data
  • have insights in the role of theory in guiding research and as outcome of research and can relate this to their own PhD-project

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.

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4 hours lectures per week in the beginning of the semester, 2 hours in last part.

Participation includes submitting a short summary/reflection document on given literature before the seminar. The document must be approved.

The mandatory assignment must be approved prior to the exam and 80% attendance is required to take the final exam.

First lecture is mandatory.


Essay (written home exam). 80% participation in seminars, at least one presentation in seminar, and reflection document must be approved to take exam.

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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) Nov. 24, 2020 8:16:41 AM

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