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Introduction Informatics (first year)

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1 semester
  • Programme in brief
  • Content of the programme
  • Admission requirements
  • Fontys way of studying

Programme in brief

This exchange programme will give you an introduction into the Informatics domain. It’s actually the first semester of an Informatics bachelor programme. Students will gain wide knowledge and competences in the Information Technology domain, providing a perfect starting point for further steps in the world of programming and software development. More precisely, this programme consists of courses on Java programming, databases and business administration, and a project for developing a web application.

What can you expect from us

The semester consists of four modules with theory lectures and practical work, and a project in which students work together in groups. Educational activities are interactive and take place in small classes. Our classes are quite international: Dutch, German (due to our location at the border) and “real” international students. Speaking English is the standard.

What do we expect from you

Foreknowledge in the IT domain is not needed; interest in the IT discipline and an active and eager-to-learn attitude is all we expect.

The total workload for this programme is 30 European Credits, duration is 1 semester. All courses have to be taken in order to achieve the full credits. The following minor parts (courses) have been defined:

Module Studyload in ECTS
Programming Concepts 1 5
Database Systems 1 5
Business in IT 1 5
Basic skills 5
Project Web Application 10
  • Programming Concepts 1
    This module gives an introduction into Object Oriented Programming for beginning programmers. Focus is on fundamental programming principles and concepts, instead of on the details of the Java language itself. The module has been set up in an iterative way, which means that important concepts are discussed early in an abstract manner, and will be discussed again and again in a more detailed way.
  • Database Systems 1Within the domain of ICT, data and information play a primary role. More specifically, the storage, maintenance, processing and delivery of data and information are the main functions of an information system. During the design and development of information systems, it is very important to study the way data is stored. Possibly, additional requirements with respect to quality, quantity, continuity and parallelism have to be fulfilled. Therefore, databases and database management systems are used. Databases form one of the traditional topics of the informatics domain.
  • Business in IT 1Introduction in Business in IT. Goal is to make students familiar with concepts, methods and techniques that are used to manage companies and to determine strategies. Topics are company structure and organization as well as running a business.
  • Basis skillsYou need propositional logic for designing circuits. Many beginners encounter great difficulties in their lectures and excercises in mathematics studies, simply because they lack the basics of mathematics. A SE/BI student will inevitably come across English in his every day practice: in manuals, use of technical vocabulary and in contact with international colleagues abroad or at the office. Furthermore English is needed to successfully complete courses that require reading of course materials in English and listening to lectures that are taught in English.
  • Project Web ApplicationIn this project, students develop a small information system in form of a dynamic web application. The system is developed from scratch, based purely on a case study. To be able to do this, students work together in groups of 4 – 5 students. In these groups, they run through several phases of software development and come into contact with several aspects of software engineering. The application is based on PHP web development and usage of relational databases.

In case students are familiar with some of the mentioned topics, some modules can possibly be interchanged by modules from another semester.

Admission requirements

For this exchange programme we have the following admission requirements:

  • English level: equivalent to IELTS 6.0;
  • Basic knowledge, interest in IT.

Fontys way of studying

At Fontys you will study in various ways. There are tutorials and lectures in classrooms with about 25 other students. In these sessions you will work in small groups or independently and depending on course choices, within a project team on your assignments. The campus offers a wide array of facilities to study alone or with a group. Here at Fontys, we believe that collaborative learning stimulates a hands on, independent way of working. At Fontys we believe in interaction. We like it when you ask questions during lectures and also outside lectures we are there for you.


How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys 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 recognised 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 recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.


Fontys does not provide scholarships for its exchange students


If you encounter problems regarding a certain subject, you can either speak to your lecturer or contact your exchange coordinator.