Introduction Informatics (first year, spring semester) (Venlo)

  • Intro
  • Programme
  • Recognition
  • How to apply
  • Contact

Programme in brief

This exchange programme will give you a thorough introduction in Software Engineering. Actually it's the second semester of an Informatics bachelor programme. All aspects of the software development lifecycle are discussed.  A project in which a web application is developed from scratch is the central module in this semester. The project is supported by modules (theory as well as practical work) regarding Object Oriented programming, UML modelling, software testing and project management. The programme is intended for students who have basic experience with object oriented programming and relational database systems already.  

What can you expect from us

The semester consists of 5 modules, mostly with theory lectures as well as practical work sessions, and 1 project in which students work together in groups of up to 5 persons. Educational activities will take place interactively in small classes, together with Dutch, German and other international students.

What do we expect from you

Basic foreknowledge in the domain of Object Oriented Programming and relational database systems is needed; furthermore, 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 2 5
Analysis and Design 1 5
Development Processes 5
Computer Systems Architecture 1 5
Project Business Web Application 10
  • Programming Concepts 2
    Students will gain basic knowledge of essential features and classes of the Java programming language. Important concepts will be presented and exercised during practical work in the computer laboratories.
  • Analysis and Design 1
    This course is a first introduction and provides a basic understanding of the most important diagrams. It is a practical course: students learn how to apply the diagrams in various concrete situations, from sketch up to a test driven development wherein the diagrams are checked for consistency and performance.
  • Development Processes
    This module deals with the quality aspects of a software product, in particular did we build the right thing (validation) and did we build it right (verification). Students will learn about the importance of professional project management. Based on knowledge areas and process groups in project management, students will gain a thorough understanding of project related areas and how these are linked with project processes.
  • Computer Systems Architecture 1
    Having knowledge and being able to apply this knowledge in the area of IT Service Management. Within the service organisation processes are used. Processes on operational, tactical and strategic level. For the definition and optimisation of these processes the Fontys and ITIL IT Service Management Model is used.
  • Project Business Web Application
    During this project, students develop a complex information system for a transport company. The system is developed from scratch and students come into contact with all aspects of software engineering.

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

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.

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 or other Dutch UAS student

Fontys and other Dutch UAS students, apply for this minor via

Deadline for application:

Fall semester15 May
Spring semester15 November

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

If you have any questions about the admission please contact

Tegelseweg 255, Venlo

Locatiekaart op adres: Tegelseweg 255, Venlo


Duration:1 semester
Period:Spring semester
ECTS Credits:30 ECTS