Global Software Product Development

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1DT092

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, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits including 60 credits in computer science/technology, including a basic course in computer networks. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should 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.
  • constructively deal with issues that arise in heterogeneous collaborative projects, such as personality conflicts and cultural differences.
  • plan a project in such a way that it can be done within given restrictions and using relevant collaboration tools.


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.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.