Official course description:
Full info last published 29/05-20

Computational Literacies

Course info
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Price (single subject):
10625 DKK (incl. vat)
MSc. Master
MSc in Digital Innovation & Management
Course manager
Associate Professor, Head of study programme
Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant (TA)
Course semester
Efterår 2020
24 August 2020
22 January 2021
Exam type
ekstern censur
Grade Scale
Exam Language

The overall aim of this course is to enable students to understand and participate in IT development cycles. 

The course is at introduction level, and well-suited for student with limited or no technical background.


The development of IT systems is a complex process involving many interconnected processes and actors. In this course, students will gain familiarity with many issues that relate to development processes, including user interface design, software development methods, systems life cycles, data flow diagrams, entity/relationship diagrams, and electronic document representation formats. The course will also detail issues of life cycle planning, and discuss phases of IT development including planning, requirement analysis, test, and implementation.


IT systems exist in settings where many legacy systems co-exist with newer technologies. Being able to understand the historical context that gives rise to the existence of such systems is essential for planning IT development, especially in relation to tasks such as maintenance, repair, and refactoring. As such, the overall goal of the course is to provide the students with an understanding of IT development as well as contextualising IT development in the history of computing technologies.

Formal prerequisites
Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify key concepts and key activities in IT development.
  • Describe the design and development of an IT project at a high level of abstraction.
  • Discuss the historical context of IT development projects, tools, and methods.
  • Reflect on the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders including users, analysts, project managers, and developers.
  • Develop a workflow for an IT development process
Learning activities

Lectures: each lecture will include oral presentation that intends to present and cover a particular theme of the Computational Literacies course. These lectures will be supplemented by discussions that actively involve students. Students are required to read the selected material and literature in advance, and to be able to reflect on the readings during the lectures (e.g., book chapters, scientific articles, white papers, case studies, etc.). 

Exercises: lectures will be combined with exercise sessions supported by the main lecturer and/or teaching assistants. During these sessions, students are expected to carry on various theoretical and practical tasks, and further on present their work and results. 

Mandatory activities

There are no mandatory activities in this course

The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.

Course literature

The course literature is published in the course page in LearnIT.

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 25%
  • Lectures: 20%
  • Exercises: 20%
  • Assignments: 5%
  • Exam with preparation: 10%
  • Other: 20%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C11: Submission of written work
Exam submisson description:
For the exam, students will submit an approximately 10-page document answering a number of questions that cover the curriculum. There is no formal requirement regarding the minimal or maximal number of pages.

The specific requirements for the submission will be provided in the exam sheet published in learnIT.

Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam description:
The specific requirements for the submission will be provided in the exam sheet published in learnIT.
Time and date
Ordinary Exam - submission Mon, 7 Dec 2020, 08:00 - 14:00