Introduction to Systems Development

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course aims to give the student insight into software engineering methods and processes.



The course is practically oriented, and gives an introduction to development of software systems. Central to the course is a project where students work in teams to solve a large software task. The course gives an overview of different software life cycle models, maintenance of software systems, and laws and regulations governing software system development. Object-oriented methods are emphasised.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student

  • can describe standard software development processes,
  • can explain important software design principles,
  • knows of the most central laws and regulations for systems development (intellectual property rights, labour agreements, etc),
  • knows theory for organising team work,
  • can explain a common notation for analysis and design, and
  • has knowledge of the history, traditions and place in society of the topic.



The student

  • can use established techniques for capturing and analysing user requirements,
  • can apply professional knowledge to practical problems and make well-founded choices,
  • can reflect upon his/her own professional practice and adjust it under supervision,
  • can find, evaluate and refer to relevant information and present this in a manner that sheds light on a problem, and
  • use an integrated development environment (IDE) and version control system.


General competence

The student

  • has insight into relevant professional ethical issues,
  • can plan and carry out software projects in a team,
  • can plan and carry out software projects in accordance with ethical requirements and principles,
  • can present important professional insights both in writing and orally, as well as using other relevant forms of communication,
  • can exchange opinions and experience with other software engineers, and thus improve practice.



ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
INFO212: 10 ECTS
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
The compulsory exercises have to be passed and are then valid for two semesters, including the semester in which they are approved.
Forms of Assessment
Portfolio assessment that includes project work and written examination 3 hours.
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
Examination Support Material
Legal exam aids will be announced at the start of every semester.
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact Student adviser
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.