IT2025 - Interdisciplinary profile course: Digital innovation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The main element of the topic is exploration of emerging digital technologies where the students will analyze how such technology can contribute to innovation (both in existing and in new enterprises (entrepreneurship)). The course gives introduction to a number of such technologies including AI, big data, IoT, and, XR with emphasis on XR (Extended Reality). XR in particular can be used to exemplify digital innovation in several areas, such as learning and training, medical care, socialization and communication, Industry 4.0 and products and services in the new everyday life.

IT2025 is the profile course in the interdisciplinary profile Digital Innovation. The profile consists of the profile course and three electives (a total of 30 ECTS). Interdisciplinary profiles give the students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with academic areas of specific relevance to the major societal challenges and for sustainable societal development. Learning methods and learning activities will provide interdisciplinary interaction competence. The course is also open for other students who wish to acquire this competence.

Learning outcome


  • Good knowledge of essential emerging digital technologies and principles
  • Good knowledge of methods for innovation and entrepreneurship including organizational learning. This includes knowledge of creative processes and the different phases of project development
  • The student has insight into interdisciplinary issues and how their own and others' patterns of action and behavior affect collaboration.


  • The student can apply his/her professional competence in collaboration with people from other disciplines, and jointly define problems and find solutions to them.
  • The group should be able to use service design methodology to develop simple prototypes in suitable tools in order to illustrate the central aspects of an innovation.
  • The group should be able to present proposals for innovative digital solutions, and evaluate their potential
  • The student has experience working with complex societal challenges
  • The student can reflect on their cooperation, and analyze how the group communicates, plans, decides, solves tasks, handles disagreements and relates to professional, social and personal challenges

General competence

  • The student can collaborate with people from other disciplines, and can help to utilise their joint interdisciplinary competence.

Learning methods and activities

Project-based teaching where the students themselves explore emerging technology to assess innovation opportunities as technology establishes itself through the use of service design methodology and innovative pedagogical methods, e.g. innovation camp as an educational method.

Structure of project

  • Define research question in collaboration with stakeholders/companies
  • Suggest an app/proof of concept/early prototype. Develop a startup idea based on the app and a business plan
  • Demo of the app + 'pitch' aimed at potential 'investors' and other stakeholders as one of several milestones
  • Process reflection during the project

Lectures in close connection to the students' group work

The students themselves explore the problem area, inspired and under the guidance of scientific staff from IPL and IDI. Students are expected to participate actively in the group work, including forming a group andcreate collaboration agreement. There is a requirement for 80% attendance in teaching

It will be an emphasis on presentations of results, preferably in digital format that is included in both formative and summative evaluation

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of a group assignment (projec report)

In addition, there are several mandatory assignments along the way including an individual assignment to be presented in the student group, either through oral performance or digitally (website; film; podcast; other media) with a plenary question round.

Pass/Fail . Group assignment must be passed. In addition, compulsory activities must be completed.

In case of retake, the entire course must be repeated

Course materials

Stated at the start of the semester

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2023-12-01

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Applied Information and Communication Technology
  • Multidisciplinary Information and Communication Technology
  • Product development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Product Design - Man/Machine
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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