Global Software Product Development

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1DT092

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computer Science A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 19 March 2013
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits, of which at least 60 in Computer science/Technology, including Computer networks I.

Learning outcomes

A student should, after successful completion of the course, be able to:

  • plan and carry out a development project with participants from different cultures and with different technical competences.
  • theorise about the trade-offs associated with central concepts and algorithms for distributed systems.
  • take a critical approach to solving open problems and making design decisions during the development process.
  • deal with issues that arise in collaborative projects, such as personality conflicts and cultural differences.
  • relate and document progress in relation to a project time plan (e.g. a Gantt chart).


The course is focussed on practical project work in a development project where internationally composed groups of 5 to 8 members design and implement a distributed control system. The course includes planning and carrying through a project, collaboration and group dynamic aspects of international team work. Concepts in distributed systems such as remote objects, clocks and clock synchronisation, global states, replication, atomic transactions and concurrency control, threads and methods for locking as well as accessing shared resources, network programming, programming of embedded systems (e.g. Lego NXT) are included.


Lectures, lessons and project work.


Oral and written exams as well as active and constructive participation in the project.