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spring 2019

INF-3910-3 Computer Science Seminar: IoT services with LPWAN network and compatible embedded devices and sensors - 10 ECTS

Last changed: 09.01.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Science and Technology


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester and 1 October for the spring semester.

Type of course

The course is open for qualified students as a singular master's-level course. Recommended prerequisites: Bachelor degree in computer science (or similar).

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Higher Education Entrance Requirement + Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or similar education. The Bachelor degree must contain a specialization in Computer Science worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits.

Application code: 9371 - Singular courses at master's level

Course content

The seminar deals with state-of-the-art research topics in computer science not covered by regular courses. The seminar content is normally linked to ongoing research activities at the research groups. The seminar will normally have a different content each time it is given. A seminar specific content will be made and preapproved by the programme board every time it is given.

The content of this seminar will be:

The course will give a practical introduction to the development of applications and services using LPWAN network and compatible embedded devices and sensors. 

Objectives of the course

A general educational aim of the seminar will be to: 

  • expose students to state-of-the-art research topics in computer science
  • help the students to develop essential research and independent learning
  • broaden students' understanding of computer science by introducing additional special topics into the curriculum.

A more detailed list of learning outcomes on successful completion of the seminar will be made and preapproved by the programme board every time it is given.

Detailed learning outcomes for this seminar is:


  • Students understand the concept of a LPWAN network and how it can be used with embedded devices and sensors to provide different kinds of services.


  • Students should be able to implement LPWAN based communication between embedded devices and a back-end system
  • Students should be able to develop IoT (Internet of Things) type of services and applications using a LPWAN network
  • Students should be able to consider the limitations and advantages of LPWAN networks when developing applications and services for it
  •  Students should be able to develop energy efficient code for LPWAN based application and services


  • Students should develop a competence for coding embedded systems and low energy communication technology

Language of instruction

The course is taught in English, course material will be in English, as will reports, presentations and discussions.

Teaching methods

To be specified according to 10 ECTS and consist of various combinations of lectures, seminars, colloquium and laboratory work. This seminar will consist of: 

Most teaching will be in the form of group-specific advise by teaching assistant, faculty member and external collaborators. Lectures: 10 hours, Laboratory: 60 hours. The course is given in the spring semester 2017.


Assessment methods and course requirements will vary from seminar to seminar. For each seminar it will be chosen an assessment method and course requirements that are academically appropriate. Assessment methods and course requirements for this seminar will be:

Portfolio assessment. Written material, oral presentation, demonstration and discussion. Grading scale: Letter grades A-F.

The requirements includes participation on a project throughout the semester.

Re-sit examination: It will not be given a re-sit examination in in this course.

Postponed examination: Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination for the module in question. If practically possible the examination is arranged during the semester as soon as the reasons for absence have ceased.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus and reading list are available in the LMS or by contacting the teacher or the student adviser.


Andersen, Anders

Head of department
Phone: +4777644703
Mobile: 95180675 anders.andersen@uit.no