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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 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 business 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 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

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
Professional Skills 1 5
Project Business Web Application 10
  • Programming Concepts 2

Students will gain a more advanced 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. This module is closely related and connected to programming concepts 2 and the project.

  • Professional Skills 1

To develop professional skills is important for students, next to knowledge and skills in the domain they major in. The module Skills 1, being the first in a series, focusses on professional skills such as communication, working together, time management and reflecting on one’s own development.

  • 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. To participate successfully in this
project, students should have knowledge of / experience in Java programming and in SQL (relational databases) for at least 1 semester.

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;
  • Prior knowledge in IT, more specifically a
    beginner’s course in Java and in databases/SQL, is required.

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.