Svein-Magnus Srensen
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Degrees in higher education

Information on my degrees achieved, fields studied and universities attended.

Diploma in Project Management

February - May 2013
Institution: SKEMA Business School
Duration: 1 semester
Scope: 15 ECTS-credits completed
Average grade: A (Excellent / Outstanding) on the ECTS grading system
Description: The degree Diploma in Project Management is provided by Metier as an part-time e-Learning course with 32 online lessons and 5 full day classroom sessions. Participants gain knowledge about the implementation of projects in accordance with best practice, and is suitable for anyone working in or in connection with projects. The modules provide a solid foundation in projects as a working methodology and provides knowledge and competency in managing projects according to the Telenor Project Model and methodology. The diploma consists of three course modules; Working in Telenor Projects, Practical Project Management and Motivational Leadership & Effective Communication. See detailed descriptions here.
Comments: As part of my emplyment in Telenor I was given the opportunity to study project management on a part-time basis. The courses were provided through e-Learning systems by Metier from the SKEMA Business School which is rated among the top 10 european business schools by the Financial Times ranking of Master of Management programs.

Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship

June - August 2006
Norwegian title:Gründerskolen
Institutions: Cornell University (CU)
University of Oslo (UiO)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Duration: 1 semester with an expected workload of 60 hours/week
Scope: 30 ECTS-credits completed (no more were available)
Average grade: A (Excellent / Outstanding) on the ECTS grading system
Description: Gründerskolen is a master-level specialization programme in entrepreneurship. The students will experience the entrepreneurial drive in a start-up company at their destinations. The academic part of the program includes a pre-course in Norway and lectures abroad at acknowledged universities.
A introduction course will prepare the students for the summer program by teaching economic terms, accounting principles, financing, marketing, sales, patenting and IP rights, team building, presentation techniques etc. The students learn how to use this knowledge in order to develop a business plan. The aim of the main course abroad is to expose the students to different environments, different levels of stress and to give a close understanding of the work involved in start-ups. We aim to give the students a different outlook and inspire them to think innovatively.
Comments: While writing my masters thesis I felt a need to learn more about entrepreneurship, so after hearing about Gründerskolen I wanted to give it a shot before leaving university for full time employment. After applying and beeing evaluated on a motivational essay and an interview I got to be one of the lucky 23 who was accepted for the 2006 summer-programme in San Francisco.
Gründerskolen is a joint effort between several highly acclaimed institutions in Norway and abroad. The programme is organized by the University of Oslo (THES ranking no.101 worldwide), while the introductory course for technology students, Venture Cup, were taught at NTNU (see below for rank). The main lectures abroad were taught by Cornell University (THES ranking no.14 worldwide) at their west-coast campus in Silicon Valley where we attended the course High-tech Start-ups.

Master of Science in Communications Technology

2004 - 2006
Specialization:Telematics (Tele-services and networks, information security, ICT in organizations)
Norwegian title:Sivilingeniør i Kommunikasjonsteknologi
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Duration: 4 semesters with an expected workload of 48 hours/week
Scope: 120 ECTS-credits completed as expected
Average grade: C (Good / Credit) on the ECTS grading system
Description: The goal of this programme is to provide a broad technological background in construction, operation, development and maintenance of communications-networks, -systems and -services, as well as beeing able to dimension and evaluate their properties. Students will realize both theoretical and practical skills, and the ability to handle technological and multidisciplinary challenges in cooperation with others.
Subjects:Network Intelligence and Mobility, Access and Transport Networks, Internet network architecture, Dependability and Performance with Discrete Event Simulation, Dependable Systems, Engineering Distributed Real-time Systems, Distributed Processing and Mobility, Information Security, ICT Organization and Markets, Digital Communication and Organizational Challenges, Networked Services and Multimedia Systems, Specialization Project Assignment, Masters thesis.
Comments: Upon completion of my Bachelors degree I applied to and was accepted for a Masters program at NTNU. It is the most well-respected institution for engineering degrees in Norway, and among the top 200 best universities in the world, the 85th best in technology according to THES (2004). I followed the Telematics branch of study with Networks and Services my main course-profile, and in addition completing several business-related electives as well as following lectures from the Network Security and Dependable Systems course profiles. My specialization project was about URD, an agenda system for mobile absentee marking and group scheduling, and I wrote my masters thesis on Multimedia Distribution Networks.

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science

2001 - 2004
Specialization:Computer systems and networks
Norwegian title:Høgskoleingeniør i Datateknikk
Institutions: Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Duration: 6 semesters with an expected workload of 40 hours/week
Scope: 195 ECTS-credits completed (180 ECTS-credits expected)
Average grade: B (Very Good / Distinction) on the ECTS grading system
Description: Engineers create something, they solve problems through the practical application of theoretical knowledge. Many of todays common tools and toys contain software that is useable by anyone, which means there are tight requirements for useability, and often for reliability and security as well. All of these systems and their software are created by computer-engineers. Most of the work is organized in projects and solved in cooperation by a project group consisting of people with different skillsets and backgrounds. To reflect this reality the key points for students in this programme is projectwork, systems-engineering and cooperation.
Subjects: Engineering Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Management and Communications, Managerial Economics, Project Management, Computer Systems, Data Communications, Communication Standards, C++ Programming, Linux Server Management, Web Design, XML Technology, Web Applications (ASP.NET), Network Planning, Network Services (Perl), Concurrent and Distributed Systems (C++), Information Security, Digital Libraries, Bachelors Project.
Comments: After the foundation diploma I got accepted to a Bachelors-program in Computer Engineering at the Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST). Due to having completed several of the introductory subjects in computer-science as part of the diploma I studied a wide range of electives in addition to my degree-requirements, expanding my degree to include more programming as well as web design, information systems and server management. Also I travelled to Brisbane, Australia to complete the final year of this degree as a study-abroad student at QUT, by Asiaweek (2004) ranked no.25 among AsiaPacific universities in SciTech and by THES ranked 118th in the world generally and 67th in technology.
During this study abroad programme I achieved a course GPA of 4,875 on a 7-point scale and completed a major Bachelors-project, named "An Interaction Interface for Networked Robots". The courses abroad were an approved part of my degree specialization.
Note that the grade average and completed ECTS-credits for this degree is calculated from three different institutions and grading systems, and thus is not shown directly on any of the official documents.

Foundation Diploma in Informatics

2000 - 2001
Norwegian title:Grunnfag Informatikk
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Duration: 2 semesters with an expected workload of 40 hours/week
Scope: 77,5 ECTS-credits completed (60 ECTS-credits expected)
Average grade: 3.0 (Good) on a decimal scale from 1.0 (Outstanding) to 6.0 (Fail)
Description: Informatics is the lore of gathering, preparing and working with information and knowledge with the tools provided by computer-technology. Computer programs is constantly moving the limits of possibility through the people who invent, develop and maintain complex computer-systems. Computers has become a ubiquitous tool for many people and the storage, treatment and presentation of text, pictures and speech has become a premise for many important functions of our society. Insight into the possibilities and limitations of computer systems is necessary to be able to develop good solutions and to hold a sensible and critical view to how this technology is beeing used today and will be in the future.
Subjects: Introduction to IT, Introduction to Programming (Delphi Pascal), Algorithms and Datastructures, Object-Oriented Programming (Java), Database-systems, Systems Engineering I, Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy and Science.
Comments: When entering into university studies I first started on a foundation programme in Informatics at NTNU in addition to the courses 'Introduction to Philosophy' and 'Philosophy and Science' that are mandatory during most university level programs in Norway. I focused the diploma on programming courses instead of human-interaction subjects as I wanted my credits to be applicable to an engineering degree later on.


Notes on the above details

Details on what I have studied as part of these degrees can be found on my subjects page. The workload given in hours/week is the expected average workload given at the university in question, while the scope amount listed is the number of ECTS-credit equivalents I completed along with the required amount of credits for that degree. University rankings are where available applicable to the year I attended the institution in question. The grades and grade-descriptions used in the summaries rank and compare according to the following table:

ECTS gradeECTS labelDescription Expected spreadDecimal grade
AExcellentOutstanding10%1.0-1.8
BVery goodDistinction25%1.8-2.5
CGoodCredit30%2.5-3.0
DSatisfactoryPass25%3.0-3.5
ESufficientLow pass10%3.5-4.0
FFailFail-4.0-6.0