Concurrent programming

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course introduces principles for programming secure, reliable and robust software in a multi-threaded or multi-process environment.

Concurrent programming techniques are particularly central to the course, but related techniques such as event-driven programming may also be covered. The course combines a strong theoretical foundation with practical exercises.

Learning Outcomes

The student

  • knows common models for concurrency (software and data structures), such as shared memory, message-passing, actors, futures, and data-parallelism primitives,
  • can explain the potential run-time problems arising from the concurrent operation of many separate tasks,
  • can prove the most important synchronisation protocols.


The student

  • can write correct concurrent programs using appropriate programming models,
  • can use synchronisation primitives in appropriate ways,
  • can model a concurrent process using a formal method, and
  • can use tools for analysis and verification of concurrent processes.


General competence
The student

  • can solve a varied set of problems using concurrency,
  • can communicate independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field, and
  • can communicate with concurrency specialists about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
For incoming exchange students: At least 60 ECTS in Computer Science and at least 10 ECTS in mathematics.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: up to 4 hours per week in 13 weeks, a total of about 40 hours.

Exercise class: 2 hours per week for.

In addition, exercises and self-studies, for a total of 270 study hours.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
The compulsory assignments have to be passed.
Compulsory assignments are valid two semesters: the semester when they are approved and the succeeding semester.
Forms of Assessment
Written exam (3 hours). The exam may be digital (using a computer), with a tool that handles text, the relevant programming and formal notation, and the analysis and verification tools used in the course. Compulsory exercises may count towards the final grade. 
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
Students who have been admitted to a program of study at the University of Bergen that includes access to this course are eligible to register. For information about admission requirements see Admission.
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
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.