Theoretical Information Science Course


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module deals with the theoretical and methodological basis of the field of information science. The main component of the module is a theoretical and methodically oriented course in which the student works independently with a current problem in the field of information science. The intention is that the student develops an awareness of and insight in discussing and communicating a scientific problem. The student's work culminates in a scientific article and accompanying framing, which places the scientific problem in a subject field, explains the theoretical and methodological framework and the academic contribution.

In connection with the module the following is offered:

  • a professional seminar focusing on the academic process

A supervisor is assigned to support the process.

The Study Board may, on the basis of a professional assessment, allow the module to be replaced by residency at another university to an extent equivalent to 30 ECTS.

Learning objectives


The student must through the module gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • theory and/or method at the highest international level within the chosen information science topic
  • the scientific basis of the chosen topic and the ability to reflect on it


The student must through the module acquire skills in:

  • mastering information science theory and/or method and, on this basis, develop new theory and/or analysis models
  • discussing and disseminating information science issues in a scientific article form


The student must through the module acquire competences in:

  • independently initiate information science work that requires new solutions
  • managing a complex professional development process for own professional specialization
  • critically reflecting on the importance of problem-based project work for own professional development

Type of instruction

Reference is made to §17.



Name of examTheoretical Information Science Course
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The examination is a conversation between the student(s), the examiner and internal co-examiner based on:

a) an article designed according to general standards for scientific journals in the field. The article part must be between 8 and 15 pages. The length of the article is independent of the group size.

b) a framework part, where the student elaborates on the research background for the article, special aspects of the explored problem, further perspectives on the problem or the like.

The framework part must be between 15 and 20 pages, both for individual projects and group reports.

The article and the framework are considered the shared responsibility of the group. The written material forms the basis for the examination and an overall assessment is made of the written material and the oral performance.

Literature: The project report must be based on relevant, qualified academic publications.

Duration of examination: 20 minutes per student plus 10 minutes per group for assessment and announcement of result, however, no longer than a total of two hours. 30 minutes in total for individual examinations.

At oral group examinations, the examination must be conducted in such a way that individual assessment of each individual student’s performance is ensured.

The project and the conversation must demonstrate that the student fulfils the objectives for the module stated above.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
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 titleTeoretisk forløb inden for Informationsvidenskab
Module codeKAIS202412
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
KA 3. semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Information Science (Information Studies)
Study BoardStudy Board of Communication and Digital Media
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities