Search programme

​Use the search function to search amongst programmes at Chalmers. The study programme and the study programme syllabus relating to your studies are generally from the academic year you began your studies.

Syllabus for

Academic year
DAT085 - Project in computer science  
Datavetenskapligt projekt
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-17 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPALG
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students: No

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Project 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs



Moa Johansson


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

To apply for the course, the student must have arranged a teacher who is willing to supervise the project. The student should have taken courses needed for the topic chosen, as judged appropriate by the supervisor. A written project proposal must be approved by a course examiner prior to course registration.


In this course the students do a project in limited time. The subject can be freely chosen within computer science and engineering, and suggested by the students themselves or by potential supervisors. The project shall be on a nontrivial level. The project can be done in small groups, with the understanding that all group members contribute substantially, or individually.  A final report must be delivered and also presented orally. Contents, depth and clarity will count.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • work on a complex task which has a clear goal but in general no predefined result,
  • integrate knowledge from disparate fields if appropriate,
  • apply and strengthen various skills, such as
    • problem recognition and problem solving
    • modelling av problem
    • application and adaptation of textbook methods
    • independent literature investigation
    • implementation of software and use of existing software packages
    • testing av mjukvara
    • drawing conclusions from experimental results.
  • plan the steps of a complex work, set up intermediate goals and keep the project running, come to realistic estimates of resources and achievable results, revise goals and develop work-arounds if necessary,
  • communicate and present the results efficiently, both in writing and orally
  • document the work in such a way that others can build on it later on.


The subject can be freely chosen within the area of computer science and engineering. The project can either suggested by the students themselves or by a potential supervisor. 


The project can be undertaken in groups of 2-3 students, with the understanding that everyone contributes substantially, or individually. The project can be conducted at any time but shall be finished within one study period. Students have to find a supervisor by themselves. There are no scheduled course activities, but the students with their supervisor decide on the working plan.


Chosen depending on the subject.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written report and some oral presentation. Grading is based on the quality of the written report, in particular, scientific depth, technical skill, correctness and clarity. The supervisor will recommend a final grade for the project for approval by the course examiner. 

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.