Distributed Systems


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

1st semester or similar

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The objective of this model is to introduce a higher level of complexity in the design of services that allows for the definition of modular systems and service platforms in both IT-based and physical services. In this model students will develop an understanding of all the technical and non-technical elements that are needed to provide successful services and operate a service architecture.

Learning objectives


  • Understand the key technologies behind social networking, search engines, organisation of content and user-generated tagging.
  • Analyse, explain and discuss methods for "enrichment" of services: involvement of users, identity management, personalization, use of context, etc.
  • Analyse drivers and barriers for introduction of new ICT services from a technology, user and market perspective.
  • Understand the concepts of ”service architecture”.
  • Understand the concept of modularisation of products and services.
  • Understand and explain the potential benefits of modularisation.
  • Understand the concept of product and supply chain architecture.
  • Understand the paradoxes related to modularisation and innovation.
  • Apply techniques and tools to control key technologies behind social networking, search engines, organisation of content and user-generated tagging.


  • Classify services and outline the requirements that a given service imposes on networks and terminals (analysis).
  • Understand and apply user-centric service development and stakeholder analysis in setting up the requirements specification for a service.
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate various dimensions of modular products and services.
  • Be able to position modular products and services in a specific business context (analysis).
  • Be able to apply different concepts and theories to specific cases.


  • Analyse and design (synthesis) a realistic ICT or physical service (on a conceptual level) to address an identified user need and discuss the service architecture needed to realise the proposed service.
  • Demonstrate understanding through application in exercises and cases of:
    • Various types of products and services.
    • Various organizations characterized by differences in maturity and size.

Various types of supply chain relations.

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in the introduction to Chapter 3.



Name of examDistributed Systems
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
In accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Individual oral (based on presentation and discussion) or written (based on a report) examination with internal censor. Assessment: Pass/Fail
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDistribuerede systemer
Module codeMSNSSDM2122
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design