Programme

Course highlights

ICT, worldwide connectivity, and the influence of computer based systems are rapidly increasing in both the business world and in our private lives. Often we use software without even being aware of it in our day-to-day lives. Moreover, many business processes can be optimized by means of well-developed supporting software. New developments are rapidly coming up, and hence as an ICT professional you need to have basic knowledge, but even more importantly you need to be able to move along and stay ahead of these developments.

What makes us special?

  • The first three semesters are the same for both students of Software Engineering and Business Informatics. Afterwards, you choose to specialize in one of them
  • Many projects in cooperation with companies
  • Software factory in cooperation with partner company
  • Two internships
  • Possibility to specialize (abroad) during your minor programme
  • Small study programme and therefore very personal

As a student of our Software Engineering or Business Informatics programme you learn to shape and make use of new developments. Moreover, you learn to cooperate with professionals from different backgrounds, which gives you a head start in the business field. You have to choose between two specializations:

  • Software Engineering is about the process of making and improving computer applications, from the first idea to implementation and management of the system.
  • Business Informatics includes the knowledge of developing software, the use of IT to support business processes and the provision of managers with the right information so they can make the right decisions.

Katharina shares her experience

Word of welcome

  • More about Software Engineering

    Software Engineering is about the complete process around the development and improvement of computer applications; from idea to implementation to going live and maintenance.

    What do you focus on in Software Engineering?

    • Maintenance and development of software systems from both a technical and a user perspective
    • Analysing requirements of customers
    • Advising customers
    • System designs
    • Project management
    • People skills
    • Develop a wide range of applications for different business domains

    We provide you with sound knowledge and skills in the wide world of informatics. The study course has a highly practical approach, in which you apply gained knowledge in many practical work and real world projects, under professional supervision.

    As a Software Engineering student you are enthusiastic about the possibilities of Information Technology and you appreciate teamwork. Of course, you are technology minded, but at the same time user focused.

    Software Engineering
  • More about Business Informatics

    As a Business Informatics student you have excellent skills in bringing people from different domains together, and you enjoy organising and managing projects and processes. You are interested in the management of teams and organizations. Communication is one of your natural skills. You are enthusiastic about the possibilities of Information Technology and you appreciate teamwork.

    What do you focus on in in Business Informatics?

    • The complete software development process, in particular the advisory part
    • How computer applications can be used to support business processes and how you can provide managers with information for the purpose of strategic decision making
    • Bridging the gap between users and developers of computer systems
    • Thorough technical base
    • Important business processes, and how those can be supported through the use of Information Technology
    • How to work in an analytical way, enabling you to embed IT in many different environments
    Software Engineering
  • Course description per year

    Year 1 (semester 1 and 2)

    In year one, students of both Software Engineering and Business Informatics study together. Within this year, you are introduced to the basics of informatics, software engineering and business informatics. On top of that you acquire basic relevant soft skills such as teamwork, professionalism and communication.

    Year 2 (semester 3 and 4)

    After the first year you decide for either the study programme Software Engineering or Business Informatics.

    Software Engineering

    Within the second year of the study programme Software Engineering you have subjects like “Advanced Database Concepts”, “Operating Systems and Concurrency”, “Programming Paradigms” and “App Development”.

    Business Informatics

    Within the second year of the study programme Business Informatics you have subjects like “Data Warehousing”, “Business Intelligence”, “Business Process” and “App Development”.

    Year 3 (semester 5 and 6)

    In the first semester of year three, you do a work placement in a company and industry of your choice. As a future professional, you apply yourself for this work placement allowing you to already practice your application skills for the future. During the work placement you deepen your knowledge in the real business world. The work placement can be completed in a country of your choice.

    In the second semester of year three, you deepen your knowledge in a specific theme within a minor programme. The minor programme provides you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge in another field then your major. You can choose to do this minor at Fontys, at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, or at one of our 125 partner universities all over the world. Doing your minor abroad at one of our partner universities abroad allows you to acquire further language skills and experience a new culture.

    Year 4 (semester 7 and 8)

    In semester seven you are back at Fontys. In this semester you work on the main project of your study programme: the Software Factory. Within this project you develop customized software solutions which are ready to market in cooperation with one of our partner companies. Besides that you work on your professional skills, and you choose to specialization courses.

    In the final semester you do another work placement and work on a practical problem within a company. You report the solutions to this practical problem in your final product: the graduation report. Once having concluded this final part of the study programme, you are rewarded with the internationally recognized degree Bachelor of Science.

  • Curriculum
    In year one you are introduced to the basics of informatics, software engineering and business informatics.
    After the first year you choose between both study programmes that Fontys Venlo has to offer: Software Engineering or Business Informatics. Courses will focus on the study programme of your choice.
    In the third year, you do a work placement in a company and industry of your choice. In the second semester of year three, you deepen your knowledge in a specific theme within a minor programme, either at a partner university in the Netherlands or abroad.
    Finally, in your fourth and last year, you are back at Fontys to follow subjects. Also during this semester you work on the main project of your study programme: the Software Factory. In the final semester you do another work placement and work on a practical problem within a company. 
  •   Year 1
    Semester 1 Semester 2
    Programming Concepts I Programming Concepts II
    Databases Development Processes
    Business in IT Analysis and Design
    Basic Skills Computer Basics & Security
    Project I Web Application Project II Business Application
    Communication I Communication II

  •   Year 2
    Semester 3 Semester 4
    Design and Architecture Sofware Engineering:
    Algoritms and Datastructures Advanced Database Concepts
    Security and Applied Research Operating Systems and Concurrency
    Data Science Programming Paradigms
    Project III Reactive System Unmanaged Programming Languages
    Project IV App in the Cloud
    Business Informatics:
    Accounting
    Data warehousing
    Business Process
    Business Intelligence
    Project IV App in the Cloud

  •   Year 3
    Semester 5 Semester 6
    Work Placement / Internship Minor / Study Abroad
  •   Year 4
    Semester 7 Semester 8
    Project V Software Factory Graduation Assignment
    Specialization course I + II (choose 2 out of 4)*:
    1. Professional Skills
    2. Enterprise Software Development
    3. Machine Learning
    4. Virtual/Augmented reality

    * the offer of specializations is subject to change

  • Software factory

    In the final year students from Software Engineering and Business Informatics jointly work on a project named the Software Factory. The group students work in, are mixed, meaning that students from different nationalities and backgrounds are in these groups.  

    Within the project a real company provides the group with a software related problem. The student group then has to come up with a solution, with as final product, software or a service. This final result is reached through analysing, designing, testing, documenting and developing. Within the project group students take up different roles like project manager, quality manager, scrum master etc.  

  • Accreditation of this programme
  • Partner companies

    During your study programme you have contact with companies on multiple occasions.

    • You have projects in cooperation with companies,
    • You have the opportunity to network with companies during our career day,
    • And you have both your work placement and graduation placement at companies.

    Fontys Venlo has cooperation with many large, medium-sized and small companies. The overview below shows a few of the companies we cooperate with.

    Ambience photo Fontys
  • Exchange programme

    During the third year of your studies you have the opportunity to specialise by means of a minor programme. You can choose to do this minor at Fontys, at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, or at one of our 125 partner universities all over the world. Doing your minor abroad at one of our partner universities allows you to acquire further language skills and experience a new culture.

    The map below shows the partner universities of Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences. The red pins are the universities you get to choose from in this programme.

    Map