Collaborative Computing (CollComp)

Course content

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.

MSc Programme in Computer Science.

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.

Learning activities include lectures, workshops, explorative exercises, where students will work theoretically and experimentally with CSCW concepts for analysis and design.

Research papers. See Absalon.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Collaborative Computing is identical to the former 'CSCW-course' and students can only take (and get credit for) one of the courses.

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.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

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

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Preparation
  • 32
  • Exercises
  • 24
  • Project work
  • 125
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206