Software Specification

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course aims at giving an understanding of domain engineering and formal specification of software.

The course introduces methods for software specification, with a focus on abstraction and reuse in the software process.

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 define the main concepts from the specification theory,
  • can prove the most central theorems, and
  • knows standard specifications of many formal concepts.


The student

  • masters a specification formalism,
  • can do domain analysis and engineering,
  • can apply algebraic methods for the specification of APIs, and
  • can validate implementations and properties of such specifications.


General competence
The student

  • can apply his/her knowledge and skills of the field in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects,
  • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field, and
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public.

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

MNF130 or similar introduction to descrete structures

INF112 or similar experience with software engineering

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
Up to 6 hours each week in 13 weeks with lectures and organised laboratory assignments. In addition individual and team exercises and self studies, for a total of 270 study hours.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
The compulsory exercises have to be passed.
The assignments are valid two semesters: the semester when they are approved and the succeeding semester.
Forms of Assessment
Oral exam.
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
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.