INF9920 – Computer supported co-operative work

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Course content

The course aims to give an overview of the research field Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). The articles and discussions deal with: concepts and theories within the CSCW field, various ap-proaches to and within the research field, studies of use of group-ware, and discussions about development of CSCW.

Learning outcome

The course aims to give Phd students in informatics an overview of the research field of CSCW that can constitute a basis for their own research in the field. The student should be able to give an ac-count of the most important research traditions and problem state-ments within the field, and they should know current debates about CSCW. Furthermore, they should know some groupware examples, and be able to discuss some particularities in the development of CSCW. Emphasis will be given to their own positioning within the research field.

In addition, each PhD student will be given an extended curriculum within the field/research area of the course. The syllabus must be approved by the lecturer so that the student can be admitted to the final exam.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in informatics

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF5200 – Computer supported co-operative work (continued)

6 credits IN-CSCW


Lectures, seminars and project work Discussion of articles, groupware test, and an essay or other related assignment.

The essay or other related assignment must be completed and approved. This course contains mandatory assignments which must be completed and approved.

Rules for mandatory assignments.

Submission requirement for mandatory assignments.


The essay or other related assignment, and 80% of the mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.
Oral examination.

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.


Note that the first lecture is compulsory.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)