Advanced Computer Science

Start moment(s)
September, February
20 weeks
Contact hours
15-20 hours per week

  • Intro
  • Programme Advanced Computer Science
  • Admission requirements
  • Recognition
  • How to apply
  • Practical information
  • Why study in The Netherlands?

This programme is a specialisation of our regular ICT & Software Engineering bachelor studies, dedicated for students who are interested in a Master programme after the Bachelor programme.

This programme is semester 4 of our regular ICT bachelor programme. Solid pre-knowledge of Object-Oriented programming (C# and/or Java) is required.

An academic university usually has a course-based learning didactics. The subjects have a theoretical nature because this reflects the way of working of professional scientists. This semester prepares (practical oriented FHICT) students for the academic world. This semester should also be interesting for students who are not (yet) pursuing an academic career. The obtained knowledge and skills must also be valid for an ICT career in a commercial company.

An academic university usually has a course-based learning didactics. The subjects have a theoretical nature because this reflects the way of working of professional scientists. This semester prepares the (practical oriented FHICT) students for the academic world. This semester should also be interesting for students who are not (yet) pursuing an academic career. The obtained knowledge and skills must also be valid for an ICT career in a commercial company.

The teachers will provide the students with formative feedback on deliverables and demonstrations. It is expected that this feedback will be processed in further deliverables, within reason. The student shows the work, alone or in a group context, but will be given feedback on an individual base.

Semester guide
Advanced Computer Science

Need more detailed information?

Below you can see the modules which are given in this programme:

A Logic & Set Theory Graphs Lin Algebra Automata: NFA, DFA, reg.expr Applied Logic: constraint programming
B Data Struc & Algo 1 Data Struc & Algo 2 P vs NP, NP-completeness Automata parsers, lexers, grammars
C Statistics hypothesis testing, Bayes theorem Decision Theory optimum strategies for (adversary) agents
D Functional programming Data Science landscape and algorithms Synchronisation multi-threading, deadlock

The student work will be assessed on analysis, design and technical aspects, where the student will be informed whether the learning goals are met concerning the criteria. Besides the continuous feedback, there are at least three formal formative assessments scheduled.

At these assessments the learning outcomes are determined based on state of the deliverables at that point. Ideally the learning outcomes are proficient at these assessments. This grade is a formative indicator of mastery of learning goals at that moment and do not give any guarantee for further assessments. It is expected that the student keeps on progressing on the learning outcomes, not doing so might lead to a lower grade of beginning or orienting.

Below is the explanation of different level on developmental scale:

Valuation Explanation
Undefined You have not yet undertaken activities to demonstrate the learning outcomes
Orienting You have made a start and explored the possibilities to demonstrate the learning outcome
Beginning You have taken the first steps and carried them out which contribute to demonstrating the learning outcome
Proficient You have shown several times that you have created a basis to demonstrate the learning outcome. You have demonstrated the learning outcome at a sufficient level.
Advanced You have shown several times that you have been working on this learning outcome with good results. You have performed above expectations and are focused on continuous improvement.

At the end of the semester the student will be assessed on his performance of the semester. During the assessment meeting the teacher will use the student’s portfolio. The integral assessment is based on the shown performance and will be graded as follows:

Outstanding (O) when all learning of the outcomes are marked as advanced
Good (G) when more than half of the learning outcomes are marked as advanced
Satisfactory (S) when all learning outcomes are at least proficient
Unsatisfactory (U) when one or more learning outcomes are graded lower than proficient

Integral semester assessment is expressed as: Outstanding (O), Good (G), Satisfactory (S), or Unsatisfactory (U). Outstanding (O), Good (G), and Satisfactory (S) result in the assigning of 30 EC. Unsatisfactory (U) results in in the assigning of 0 EC.

For detailed information about this programme, please see our semester guide.

English language proficiency

For all exchange programmes a minimum level of proficiency in the English language is required, as detailed in the table below. You must substantiate your level of English-language proficiency by submitting evidence in the form of a language test result pertaining to one of the below-mentioned courses.

* = Only if the units ‘Speaking & Writing’ and ‘Listening & Reading’ have been completed successfully.

Test name Minimal score Accepted for students from
IELTS 6.0 EU and non-EU countries
TOEFL paper 550 EU and non-EU countries
TOEFL computer 213 EU and non-EU countries
TOEFL internet 79/80 EU and non-EU countries
TOEIC* 670 only EU countries
Cambidge ESOL CAE-C only EU countries
CEFR B2 only EU countries

How will your course program be recognized by your home university?

Fontys Art Communication & Design will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognized throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognized and transferred into the records kept by your home university.

Dutch Grades vs. European Credits Transfer System(ECTS)

Some coursework is graded with "Pass" ["Voldaan = V “] or "Fail" ["Niet Voldaan = o”]. Most exams are graded with round marks ranging from 1 to 10, with mark 6 needed to pass.

The following table gives round Dutch marks, the percentage of successful students achieving these marks, the equivalent ECTS grades and their definition:

* 5.5 and above are also sufficient.

- VR = exemption (no grade given)
- V = sufficient = 7
- G = good = 8
- O = not sufficient/fail

Dutch grades % ECTS grades Definition
9 - 10 2% A Excellent
8 8% B Very Good
7 40% C Good
6 50% D - E Satisfactory - Sufficient
5* - FX Fail [some more work required]
4 [or less] - F Fail [considerably more work required]

How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at this website to see how it works.

How to apply as a Fontys student

How to apply as an other Dutch UAS student

*For more information concerning the start date, please get in touch with the contact person of the study department of the concerned exchange programme.

Deadline for application:

Fall semester15 May
Spring semester15 November

Opening a Dutch Bank account:

After you have arrived in the Netherlands, you can open a Dutch bank account.

For opening a bank account and for buying a sports card, you will need a proof of enrolment. This document will be sent to you by e-mail when you have the status registered. More information.

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