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. As a student of our Software Engineering or Business Informatics programme you learn to shape and make use of these new developments. Moreover, you learn to cooperate with professionals from different backgrounds, which gives you a head start in the business field.
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.
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.
What makes us special?
- Joined first three semesters after which you decide on a specialization
- Many projects in cooperation with companies
- Software factory in cooperation with partner company
- 2 internships
- Possibility to specialize (abroad) during your minor programme
- Two internships
- Small study programme and therefore very personal
More about Software Engineering
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
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.
More about Business Informatics
What do you focus on 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
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. Of course you are technology minded but at the same time user focused.
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. It’s much more than just programming! Think about analysis of requirements, advising customers, system design and project management. The first three semesters are the same for both Software Engineering and Business Informatics. Afterwards, you choose your specialisation. During the final part of your studies, the internship, the Software Factory (project in cooperation with companies) and the graduation project are main components.
Software systems need to be developed and maintained. This is a challenge from a technical perspective, but also from a user perspective. Applications have to fit user needs, in order to be usable and acceptable. The development and implementation of state of the art and usable computer applications is what we teach. 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.
Software engineers combine sound knowledge about information technology and excellent people skills. You will work in teams using modern development methods. As a software engineer you are able to develop a wide range of applications, for different business domains. You are enthusiastic about the possibilities of Information Technology and you love to work together. Of course you are technology minded, but at the same time user focused.
More about Business Informatics
With Business Informatics, you have knowledge about the complete software development process, in particular the advisory part. You know exactly how computer applications can be used to support business processes and how you can provide the management of organisations with information for the purpose of strategic decision making. The first three semesters are the same for both Software Engineering and Business Informatics. Afterwards, you choose your specialisation. During the final part of your studies, the internship, the Software Factory (project in cooperation with companies) and the graduation project are main components.
Business Informatics professionals bridge the gap between users and developers of computer systems. You are the person between the business and IT. A thorough technical base knowledge is absolutely necessary. Furthermore, you’ll learn about important business processes, and how those can be supported through the use of information technology. You’ll learn how to work in an analytical way, enabling you to embed ICT in many different environments.
Business Informatics students have excellent skills in bringing people from different domains together, they enjoy organising and managing projects and processes. They are interested in the management of teams and organisations. Communication is one of their natural skills. Being enthusiastic about the possibilities of information technology and you love to work together. Of course you are technology minded but at the same time user focused.
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.
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”.
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 to follow subjects like Virtual/Augmented Reality, Programming IOT and Consulting. Also during 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.
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.
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Programming Concepts I Programming Concepts II Design and Architecture Sofware Engineering: Databases Development Processes Algoritms and Datastructures Advanced Database Concepts Business in IT Analysis and Design Security and Applied Research Operating Systems and Concurrency Basic Skills Computer Basics & Security Data Science Programming Paradigms Project I Web Application Project II Business Application Project III Reactive System Unmanaged Programming Communication I Communication II Languages Project IV App in the Cloud Business Informatics: Accounting Data warehousing Business Process Business Intelligence Project IV App in the Cloud Semester 5 Semester 6 Semester 7 Semester 8 Work Placement / Internship Minor / Study Abroad Software Factory Graduation Assignment Professional Skills Programming IOT Enterprise Software Development IT Service Management Consulting Project Management Virtual/Augmented reality Machine Learning
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.