Data Protection and Ethics

  • Duration: Full semester
  • Spring semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 7,5 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: 15 October

Data protection and Ethics is a 7,5 ECTS course during the spring semester on the master's level. A 4-hour individual exam finalizes the course.

The single course is only open to exchange students from our partner institutions. Students applying for the English full degree must view the webpage for full degree students. 

About the course

Possible course combinations

It is not possible to choose other combinations.


Learning outcomes


Upon completion of the course, the student can: 

  • identify the risk of collecting and using data, 
  • identify and define special categories of personal data (formerly known as “sensitive data”), 
  • relate issues on using data to the relevant regulations that are in force and 
  • understand how to secure data in relation to regulations and ethical considerations. 


Upon completion of the course, the student can: 

  • employ data in analysis within the current regulations and ethical standards, 
  • differentiate between different types of data, 
  • design analysis using data such that it is in line with desired ethical standards and within regulations and 
  • assess the risk of using data. 


General competence 

Upon completion of the course, the student can: 

  • question the use of data and methods in various businesses and organizations, 
  • compose suggestions for securing data in their collection, analysis and presentation, 
  • propose changes in businesses and organizations to improve data security 
  • manage data within relevant regulations and desired ethical standards.


Course content

This course provides students with a solid foundation within data protection and ethics. The following topics are covered. 

  • Classifications of data 
  • The relevant regulations 
  • Ethical considerations when applying data 
  • Combining data and the effect on classification, application and security 
  • Data security


Teaching and working methods

The following teaching methods are used. 

  • Lectures 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Tutorial videos 
  • Case studies


Coursework requirements

  • Students must pass three out of four mandatory course requirements to be allowed to take the exam. 
  • 50% attendance in classes is required. 



  • 4-hour individual exam under attendance.


Examination support material

  • None.

Practical information


Students must be enrolled in a Master's degree within the field of Business Management, Economics or similar. 



On-campus housing is eligible for students applying for a full semester/academic year.

General information on accommodation at Campus Lillehammer

What does it cost?

Free for exchange students

Study start information

An Orientation Week is arranged in the first week of the spring semester. The first lectures of the course are expected to begin during the same/following week. 

Would you like to apply?

The course is available only for students coming from our partner institutions. Contact the International Coordinator at your home institution to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Please notice that applications can be submitted for one campus only.

Application procedure and documents