NDAK16002U Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

Volume 2016/2017

MSc programme in Computer Science.


The course in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 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 transnational HCI.

The course has three parts:

  • Theoretical introduction to the CSCW research domain
  • Practical experiments with global collaboration e.g. through playing a strategic collaborative games
  • Conceptual design of collaborative technologies
Learning Outcome


  • Explain central concepts in CSCW research. 
  • Discuss and argue theoretical concepts and insights from computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) research related to studying collaborative work arrangement
  • Identify and discuss challenges for the design of collaborative technologies and work practices based upon CSCW foundations.



  • Analyze a collaborative practice and the use of collaborative technologies by applying the theoretical concepts from CSCW, and
  • Design (Re-design) collaborative technologies and suggest how experienced challenges can be addressed in new designs of collaborative technologies based upon theoretical as well as practical arguments



  • Participate competently in globally distributed collaboration by acting pro-actively in terms of making the collaboration function and using collaborative technologies, 
  • Experiment with the design of collaborative technologies
Learning activities includes lectures, workshops, explorative exercises, where students will work theoretically and experimentally with CSCW concepts for analysis and design. As part of the exploratory exercises, students will be participating in playing a strategic online game with other students from all over the world.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Exercises
  • 24
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Preparation
  • 32
  • Project work
  • 125
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
The oral exam is without preparation and is based on a group project report.
Exam registration requirements

To qualify for the exam, student must hand in a report based on their project.

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

Oral exam without preparation, 20 min, 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

The students will be assessed with respect to the intended learning outcomes specified above.