NDAK17000U CHANGED: Collaborative Computing (CollComp)

Volume 2019/2020

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 utlizing makerspace methodologies.
Learning Outcome


  • Explain central concepts in CSCW research. 
  • Discuss and argue theoretical concepts and insights from computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) research related to examinating collaborative work arrangement and designing cooperative technologies.



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



  • Participate competently in globally distributed collaboration by acting pro-actively in terms of making the collaboration function and using collaborative technologies.
  • Design and evaluate collaborative technologies.

Research papers. See Absalon.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Learning activities includes 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
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Exercises
  • 24
  • Lectures
  • 12
  • Preparation
  • 32
  • Project work
  • 125
  • Total
  • 194
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
The oral exam is without preparation and is based on the qualifying 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

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