INF9207 – Advanced specialization in design of information systems

Course content

This course will be given each semester with different content. The course is recommended together with INF9205. The course will be a specialization within a theme within the research in the Design group. The aim is to give PhD-students a basic for writing their dissertation in ways that contributes to the research. The course will include basic literature and important frameworks within the chosen theme. 

Learning outcome

After you have completed this course you are able to:

  • explain important concepts within the field
  • describe central frameworks for design within the field
  • apply the framework in analysis and evaluation in design
  • reason about choice of method and techniques in design within the field
  • be able to compare the specialization with other specializations within the field design of information systems wrt ontology, epistemology and method


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.

PhD-students at Department of Informatics with this course in their plan.


The teaching will include lectures, discussions and concrete tasks. The teaching will be organized as a 4-5 week course preferably with some full days, in order to fit in with other courses and intensive courses.

Mandatory activites:
80 % attendance is required and the students must be active in discussions. There are mandatory assignments that must be passed. Mandatory assignments and other hand-ins at Department of Informatics


A written report that counst 100 %.
The mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam and and all parts must be passed in the same semester.

Examination support material

All 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.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)