IMT4205 - Research Project Planning


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment/Report
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment/Report 100/100

Course content

  • Problem description and choice of methods
  • Identifying, collecting and structuring published research results relevant for the project. Use of library resources
  • Project planning and risk assessment.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: -Possesses specialized insight and good understanding of the research frontier in a selected part of the topic covered by the Master Programme. -Is able to apply the knowledge and understanding from the topics covered by the Master Programme to new and unfamiliar settings.

Skills: -Is able to handle theoretical issues, and solve complex practical problems, independently in the area covered by the Master Programme. -Is able to use relevant and suitable methods when carrying out research and development activities in the area covered by the Master Programme. -Is able to critically review relevant literature when solving new or complex problems and is able to integrate the findings into the proposed solution. -Is able to plan and complete an independent and limited research or development project with guidance and in adherence to research ethics. - is able to demonstrate critical thinking especially in problem statement and planning. Evaluate the fellow student reports and provide the feedback.

General competence: -An understanding of academic writing style and documentation structure. -The ability to formulate a research problem and research questions. -An understanding of ethical issues in research.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) addressed by this course

The Research Planning course should meet the following UN SD goals: Goal 9, target 9.5 - Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries- --- Since students will working on developing the protocols/algorithms for various information security problems such as critical infrastructure, biometrics, forensics, systems security, information security management etc. The knowledge gained by executing the research projects will equip the students to improve the quality of research and development in their countries of origin to a higher level. Since this course offers a wide variety of master thesis topics, it is expected to meet the several UN SD goals such as: Goal 4, 5, 9 and 11.

Learning methods and activities

-Lectures / seminars (campus Gjøvik)

-Assignments and mandatory exercises


The seminars in Autumn semester only, Spring semester self-study.

Further on evaluation

Forms of assessment:

  • Submitted report is graded as Pass/Fail
  • Failed/grade improvement: Students can signup for the course during next semester and submit the revised version of the report for grading.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Information Security (MIS)
Information Security (MISD)
Information Security (MISEB)

Required previous knowledge

IMT4110 Scientific Methodology and Communication or IMT4192 Research and Scientific Methods in HCI or IMT4421 Scientific Methodology

Course materials

  • Horine, Greg. Absolute beginner's guide to project management. Pearson Education, 2009.
  • Portny, Stanley E. Project management for dummies. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT4601 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
IMT4885 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
MACS4000 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Computer Science
  • Information Security


Examination arrangement: Assignment/Report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment/Report 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment/Report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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