spring 2021
INF-2900 Software engineering - 10 ECTS

Last changed 18.06.2021

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 subject can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Higher Education Entrance Qualification + specific entrance requirements equivalent to MATRS: R1/(S1+S2). Application code: 9354 - Singular course in computer science

Course overlap

D-211 Software engineering and project management techniques 10 stp
AUT-2004 Application Development 1 stp

Course content

This course covers various aspects of the software life cycle, with an emphasis on the agile software development process. These include requirement gathering and specification; project estimation, planning, collaboration and management; and software design, implementation, debugging, testing, evolution, documentation, release and maintenance. The course emphasizes on learning-through-building with a course-long team project. In the project, the students will work on the various software development aspects using an agile software development process.

Recommended prerequisites

INF-1101 Data structures and algorithms, INF-2200 Computer architecture and organization, INF-2201 Operating system fundamentals, INF-2300 Computer Communication, INF-2700 Database Systems

Objectives of the course

Knowledge; students would have

  • broad knowledge on the various aspects of the software life cycle,
  • in-depth understanding of the agile software development process.


  • Student have gained first-hand experience on the various practices in an agile development, including requirement gathering and specification, project estimation and planning, collaboration and project management, software design,  implementation, debugging, testing and maintenance,  software demo, documentation, user feedback, group retrospectives, and so on.
  • Students have first-hand experience in some specific software development methods, including test-driven development, code refactoring, and so on.
  • Students become proficient in using some specific software development tools, including source code management, test automation and so on.

General competence:

  • By working on large projects, students should become more competent in team work and problem solving.

Language of instruction

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, Laboratory guidance: 30 hours. The course is given every spring semester.


Portfolio assessment. Exam includes a project work during the semester. Group and individual assessments are equally weighted. The examination involves both written and oral components. All components in the portfolio are assessed as a whole and one combined grade will be given.

Course requirements: The coursework includes participation on a larger project throughout the semester.

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

Re-sit examination: It will not be given a re-sit examination in in this course.

Postponed examination: Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination for the module in question. If practically possible the examination are arranged during the semester as soon as the reasons for absence have ceased. 

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)


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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: INF-2900