TEK9120 – Modern Service Oriented Architecture

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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

This course will give an introduction to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), focusing on architectural principles and current technology used to implement and deploy it. Among other things, the course will cover SOA principles such as loose coupling and late binding, an introduction to important Web services standards, alternative technologies for implementing an SOA and SOA in relation to cloud computing and IoT; the Internet of Things.

You're expected to program SOAP and REST services in Java and use application servers and cloud to deploy the services. You're expected to understand the applicability of SOA in relevant ICT systems.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have knowledge of:

  • Service-Oriented Arch itecture: the entities involved and the roles defining their interactions
  • Current technologies used to implement a SOA, in particular Web services
  • Common standards
  • Cloud technology and how services can be made available in the cloud

Skills acquired during the course:

  • Implementing SOAP and REST services in Java, and deploying them.
  • You gain an understanding of how SOA relates to your PhD topic through preparing a presentation in this course.

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.

It`s recommended with some experience in Java programming. The skills needed equal those learned through the introductory programming course at UiO.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes three hours of lectures each week throughout the semester. The lectures are offered live in the classrom, and also using video streaming.

This course has three mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam. The tasks are to be solved individually or in small groups consisting of two students. We do not organize any lab work.

As a PhD candidate, you must also give a mandatory presentation on a specific topic.


  • Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.

In case of many students, the final exam may be written.

This course has mandatory assignments, which must be approved before you can sit the final exam. PhD candidates must also have performed a presentation on a specific topic.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: TEK9120 – Modern Service Oriented Architecture, UNIK4730 – Service Oriented Architechture Implementation (continued), UNIK9730 – Service Oriented Architechture Implementation (continued)

The exam is, as a rule, given at ITS, Kjeller where you are expected to participate by physically visiting the facilities. However, in special circumstances - needs to be negotiated when the semester starts - we may offer examination via phone/video conference.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. 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.

The weight assigned to a topic is reflected by the time allotted to said topic during lectures (for example, a topic given a double lecture 2x3 hours counts twice as much as a single lecture 3 hours.  Furthering this line of thought, a topic that we spend 1 hour on counts 1/3 of a topic that is covered in a full lecture of 3 hours).

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) Aug. 6, 2020 7:19:24 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)