Perspectives on Information Technology, 8 credits (TDDD39)

Perspektiv på informationsteknologi, 8 hp

Main field of study

Information Technology


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Ola Leifler

Director of studies or equivalent

Peter Dalenius
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
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Main field of study

Information Technology

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is that the students should get an overview of information technology, and to introduce pedagogical methods used during the studies. After the course the student will be able to:

  • give examples of how information technology related to communication works, or how it affects the way people communicate
  • orally present and explain some technical application or its use, and relate the construction to relevant courses within the program
  • independently write a technical project report according to principles for scientific texts
  • research and critically review relevant sources, using library resources, and use these sources correclty in own text
  • participate constructively in group work
  • summarize the theoretical foundation for problem based learning and relate to own learning

Course content

The following topics are covered during lectures and seminars:

  • written and oral communication, the writing process, technical reports, technical language
  • library knowledge and source handling
  • problem based learning
  • group dynamics

Teaching and working methods

The course is centered around a group project work. Also, a couple of vignettes are used to support own learning. Students work in groups and are assigned a project by the course leader. Oral and written communication is addressed during lectures and seminars. Communication skills are trained during mandatory sessions. IDA has the main responsibility for the course, and teachers from CMTS handles the communication part. Project work is supervised by teachers from one of these departments, or from ISY, IFM, MAI or IMT. The course runs the entire fall semester.


UPG5ExaminationU, G1 credits
BAS1Tutorial workU, G2 credits
UPG4ProjectU, G2 credits
UPG3Communication - presentation techniqueU, G1 credits
UPG2Communication - written reportsU, G1 credits
UPG1Assignment - information retrievalU, G1 credits
Grades are given as ‘Fail’ or ‘Pass’.


Two-grade scale, U, G


Institutionen för datavetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Peter Dalenius


Ola Leifler

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 64 h
Recommended self-study hours: 149 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Merkel, Magnus, (2002) Rapportskrivning. En lathund för studenter. BOKAB

Additional literature


Merkel, Magnus, (2002) Rapportskrivning. En lathund för studenter. BOKAB
UPG5 Examination U, G 1 credits
BAS1 Tutorial work U, G 2 credits
UPG4 Project U, G 2 credits
UPG3 Communication - presentation technique U, G 1 credits
UPG2 Communication - written reports U, G 1 credits
UPG1 Assignment - information retrieval U, G 1 credits
Grades are given as ‘Fail’ or ‘Pass’.

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