IN9210 – 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 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


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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.

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 pass/fail scale. 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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

The course is a continuation of INF9210.


Every autumn

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