Web Science

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course offers (1) an introduction to the basic concepts of the social web, (2) the basic principles of networks and how to measure them and (3) will teach students about cutting edge methods and technology for obtaining and analyzing web data.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • will have extensive knowledge and understanding about the Web and networks in general
  • will be able to crawl and analyze Web data from a content and network perspective
  • will have a good understanding of web science as a research discipline
  • will learn about how to use tools such as Python and NetworkX to analyze and visualize Web data
  • will learn to develop AI driven web scraping


The student

  • is able to employ web science methods for obtaining and analyzing Web data

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
INFO135 or equivalent
Recommended Previous Knowledge
INFO180 or equivalent
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course

The course is open to students with admission to study at the UiB.

The course has 200 study places and enrolment is based on application in StudentWeb.

Students who have this course as a compulsory part of their study plan will have priority access.

The application deadline is Monday week 2.

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat no later than Thursday the same week as the deadline.

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, computer labs, assignments, programming exercises, normally 2 hours lectures and 4-2 hours computer labs for 14 weeks.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Compulsory assignments that are delivered throughout the semester
  • Compulsory participation: attendance in labs (at least 75 %)
  • Approved compulsory requirements are valid for the two following semesters.

    Forms of Assessment

    4 hours written exam.

    The exam assignment will be given in the language of instruction in the course.
    The exam answer must be submitted in the same language as the exam assignment.

    Grading Scale
    Assessment Semester

    Assessment in teaching semester.

    A retake exam is arranged for students with valid absence according to § 5-5. If there is a retake exam, this will be available for students with the follow results/absences:

    • Medical certificate/valid absence
    • Interruption during the exam
    • Fail/failed

    If you have the right to take a retake exam and a retake exam is arranged for students with valid absences, you can sign up yourself in Studentweb after January 15/August 1.

    Reading List
    The reading list will be ready before 1 July for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.
    Course Evaluation
    All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
    Examination Support Material
    Course Administrator
    The Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course