IT and Society

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1DT012

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computer Science A1N, Human-Computer Interaction A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 28 April 2011
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits with at least 60 credits in Computer Science/Engineering/Information Systems

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with substantial knowledge and ability concerning the interplay between technology, users and organisations based on relevant areas in human-computer-interaction, psychology and system construction, as well as experiences in real systems developing projects.

In order to pass the course the students should be able to:

  • Collaborate in a large project with an external client, and present a professional solution, both orally and in written form ton the client.
  • Handle, validate and analyse a very complex and multi-facetted problem in a constructive manner in a project group.
  • Evaluate, criticize and validate solutions to IT-related problems from perspectives such as ethics, sustainable development, work environment, economy and usefulness.
  • Illustrate,show and describe experiences from working in a multi cultural distributed project.
  • Evaluate and analyse one's abilities and competencies regarding working in a multi cultural and distributed project, as well as develop strategies that lead to life long learning.


The course comprises areas such as cultural awareness, presentation techniques, information competence, interviews, communication in the project team, with users, and relevant experts, and reasoning in moral and ethical issues.

A real project will be the main model of delivery in the course to illuminate the different areas in the course. Writing a report and delivering oral presentations are parts of the course.


Lectures, seminars, assignments and project work.


The joint project, comprising 9 credits, is examined with participation and a written report. The individual part, comprising 6 credits, is examined with assignments.