CANCELLED Topics in Programming Languages (TiPL)

Course content

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to state-of-the-art research and applications within an area of programming languages involving theory, design, implementation and/or application of programming languages. It acquaints students with performing independent research and its communication in seminar and project form.

The course consists of a particular set of topics reflecting state-of-the-art research and applications within theory, design, implementation and/or application of programming languages. This may include the construction, analysis or manipulation of programs with predictable properties and/or for a certain purpose. The particular topic(s) change from year to year.

Learning outcome


  • Aspects of the dual nature of programs as software (to be executed) and as data (to be analyzed, transformed).
  • The role of a precise (mathematical) semantics for a programming language in connection with manipulating programs.
  • Principles of programming language design and how they are applied (or not) in connection with the topics under study.



  • Discuss properties such as correctness, performance and define what they mean precisely in the given area of studies. 
  • Specify ideas and concepts as rigorous definitions and make falsifiable (or provable) statements about them.
  • Read, assess and commmunicate research papers.
  • Apply central results in the given area of studies.
  • Prepare and give seminar talk.



  • Develop a given project proposal into a project plan, execute it, and present the results.


The course progresses from teaching (lecture) to seminar and finally project form:

Lecture phase: lectures and exercises, formation of seminar/project groups
Seminar phase: student seminar presentations
Project phase: project work

Research articles and excerpts from books, distributed electronically. See Absalon when the course is set up.

Semantics and Types (SaT) and Program Analysis and Transformation (PAT) are recommended. Topics in Programming Languages is part of the Programming Languages and Systems study track of the MSc Programme in Computer Science.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 45 minutes
Individual oral presentation of group report followed by individual examination in the whole scope of the course (see topics and learning objectives), though with special emphasis on the subject of the written report the student has co-authored.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Lectures
  • 18
  • Guidance
  • 6
  • Preparation
  • 12
  • Practical exercises
  • 24
  • Project work
  • 145
  • English
  • 206