spring 2021
INF-3701 Advanced database systems - 10 ECTS

Last changed 30.08.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester and 1 October for the spring semester.

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular master's-level course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Higher Education Entrance Requirement + Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or similar education. The Bachelor degree must contain a specialization in Computer Science worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits. Application code: 9371 - Singular courses at master's level

Course overlap

Du vil få en reduksjon i antall studiepoeng (som oppgitt under), dersom du avlegger eksamen i dette emnet og har bestått følgende emne(r) fra før av:

INF-8701 Advanced database systems 10 stp
INF-3701 Advanced database systems 4 stp
D-312 Distributed and cooperating database systems 4 stp
INF-8701 Advanced database systems 4 stp

Course content

The course covers advanced database system topics, and includes a selection of data management solutions that support environments where traditional centralized database systems cannot provide a suitable solution. 

Recommended prerequisites

INF-2700 Database Systems

Objectives of the course

Knowledge: The student has knowledge of

  • advanced database system topics.
  • properties of advanced database systems.
  • advantages and limitations of existing data management solutions.
  • relationships between data management solutions and their use in application areas.

Skills: The student has ability to

  • identify and evaluate properties of advanced database systems and data management solutions.
  • compare different data management solutions.
  • combine data management solutions with application areas.
  • identify and focus on a scientific problem.
  • identify and evaluate solutions for scientific problems.
  • identify contributions in scientific literature.

General competence: The student has competence to

  • find, read and evaluate scientific literature.
  • convey technical knowledge to an audience through writing, presentation and discussions.
  • identify and analyze scientific challenges.

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 30 hours, Colloquium: 30 hours, Guidance: 30 hours. This course is given every spring semester.


A 4 hour final written exam counting 100%. Approved assignments give access to the final written exam.

Course requirements: The coursework includes up to 3 written assignments graded "Approved" / "Not approved". Oral presentation of the assignments and demonstrations of a working system can in special cases be claimed by the course responsible.

Grading scale: Letter grades A-E, F - Fail.

Re-sit examination: It will not be given a re-sit exam in the teaching free semester for this course, unless a postponed exam already is arranged (conditional re-sit exam). To get access to the exam in the teaching free semester the student must have passed the course requirements.

Postponed examination: Given early in teaching free semester. It will be arranged a 4 hour written exam counting 100%. To get access to the exam in the teaching free semester the student must have passed the course requirements.

For further details see: Utfyllende bestemmelser for eksamener ved Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi (only in Norwegian)  |  Regulations for examinations at the UiT (only in Norwegian)

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: INF-3701