NDAK17000U Collaborative Computing (CollComp)

Volume 2020/2021

MSc Programme in Computer Science.


The course in Collaborative Computing introduces research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and has two main focuses 1) to study collaboration and 2) to design collaborative technologies. Collaboration is everywhere and techniques and methods can be used for several domains including open source development, open hardware collaboration, healthcare, gaming, research & development etc.

The course contains advanced research-based themes and topics from contemporary CSCW research and includes (but not limited to) articulation work, dependencies, coordination, awareness, common information spaces, information infrastructures, and knowledge sharing.

The course has three parts:

  • Theoretical understanding of the CSCW research domain.
  • Practical investigation of cooperative technologies for collaboration (e.g. Wikipedia, GitHub, AMTurk etc.) 
  • Design of collaborative technologies utilising makerspace methodologies.
Learning Outcome

Knowledge of 

  • Theoretical concepts and insights from computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) research relevant for examinating collaborative work arrangements as well as for the design of cooperative technologies.


Skills to

  • Explain central concepts in CSCW research. 
  • Analyse a collaborative practice and the use of collaborative technologies by applying the theoretical concepts from CSCW.
  • Identify and discuss challenges for the design of collaborative technologies and work practices based upon CSCW foundations.


Competences to

  • Analyse a collaborative work practice
  • Participate competently in globally distributed collaboration and using collaborative technologies.
  • Design and evaluate collaborative technologies.

Research papers. See Absalon.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Learning activities include lectures, workshops, explorative exercises, where students will work theoretically and experimentally with CSCW concepts for analysis and design.
Collaborative Computing is identical to the former 'CSCW-course' and students can only take (and get credit for) one of the courses.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Preparation
  • 32
  • Exercises
  • 24
  • Project work
  • 125
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The oral examination is without preparation and is based on the qualifying group project report.
Exam registration requirements

Students must hand in a report based on their project in order to be qualified for the exam.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

A 20 minutes oral exam without preparation based upon (possibly revised) project report.

For the student to qualify for the re-exam, the report must be resubmitted no later than two weeks before the re-exam date.

Criteria for exam assesment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.