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Course details 2012-2013  
    
Important notice on language
The official language of instruction is Dutch. Some courses are taught in English.
Qualification awarded
In order to obtain the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science the student
  • should be enrolled for the programme in question under a diploma contract or under an exam contract to obtain a diploma
  • should have taken all the exams that the programme encompasses
  • should previously have registered for the programme with the examination board.
  • should have acquired at least 180 ECTS-credits
The programme consists of 180 ECTS-credits.
In a model academic year, the student takes between 54 and 66 ECTS-credits.
Admission requirements

diploma of secondary education or equivalent on the basis of the stipulations of the institution's access procedure or a diploma of higher education of one cycle with a complete learning programme or a diploma of higher education of social promotion


Objectives and learning outcomes
A degree in Computer Science at the University of Antwerp corresponds with competent computer scientists with a scientific background. After obtaining the degree such students will be able to (a) adopt new technological developments in the respective disciplines within computer science; (b) exploit these developments where applicable in their professional context; (c) when required, make original contributions to the further development of the discipline. The bachelor of Computer Science is not a final degree. These objective are therefore only partly realised.
 
Analysis and design for small-scale software projects.
(Small scale means that the project can be managed by one person)
Understanding an identified problem and modelling a potential solution.
 
Implementation of new software systems.
Possibly as a member of a team, turning a given basic design into a functioning program. Refinement of the basic design (e.g. designing a suitable interface), selection of the software to be used, integrating existing components.
 
Maintenance of current software systems.
Adaptation of existing programs to changes in the possibilities of both hardware and software (upgrades). Limited ability to adjust existing programs to altered needs.
 
Implementation and maintenance of a database.
Capacity for designing and implementing a database data model. Limited ability to adapt existing databases in function of altering needs.
 
Management of a local network.
Selection of suitable network infrastructure and protocols. Implementation of the required improvements to tackle scale and performance problems.
 
Support and advice.
Solving problems, helpdesk function, i.e. having enough ready knowledge to solve concrete software problems (e.g. compatibility, file formats, version management, installation ...) in the short term. Giving smaller organizations (small or medium enterprises) advice on new automatization projects (feasibility, benefit, required material …).
 
Communication skills.
Ability to maintain contact with colleagues and employers – both orally and in writing.
 
Continuation to master. What distinguishes an “academic” bachelor from a “professional” bachelor?
 
Mathematical basis.
A solid mathematical training is required for understanding the scientific techniques and methods currently used in informatics.
 
Formal thinking and ability to abstract.
Easily deal with abstract models to enable formal reasoning and arguments.
 
Scientific processing of data.
To systematically gather data, to correctly interpret them an connect the necessary conclusions to them.
 
Keeping abreast of technological developments.
Being able to follow (the mainly English) specialized literature and keeping abreast of recent developments. This requires a thinking framework in which the coherence between the different subfields of informatics is grasped.
 
Scientific basis.
Apart from a solid knowledge of fundamental concepts, methods and subfield of informatics, also an insight in other scientific disciplines (e.g. mathematics, physics, economics) and their scientific techniques, methods and limitations.
 
Functioning autonomously and creatively. With his/her broad basic formation, a bachelor is able to divide a complex task into subtasks, to execute each of the subtasks separately, without however losing sight of the whole. Moreover, a bachelor is capable of self-reflection, so that in the future similar tasks will be done better.
Access to further studies
Further studies with direct access
Master of Information Sciences, Environmental Science, Applied Information Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Earth Observation, Mathematical Information Science, Operations Research, Statistics, Applied Sciences and Engineering: Computer Science, Complementary Studies in Business Economics, Engineering Sciences: Computer Sciences, Information Management, International Business Economics and Management

Further studies with conditional access
Master of Astronomy, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Bio-informatics, Bio-Informations Sciences, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Geography, Geomatics and Land Surveying, Marine and Lacustrine Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Applied Economic Sciences, Applied Economic Sciences: Business Engineering, Applied Economic Sciences: Business Engineering in Management Information Systems, Communication Studies, Engineering Sciences: Industrial Engineering and Operational Research, Industrial Sciences: Construction, Industrial Sciences: Electromechanics, Industrial Sciences: Electronics-ICT, Industrial Sciences: Nucleair Technology, Industrial Sciences: Packaging technology, Transportation Sciences
Erasmus Mundus: Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Final examination
A student’s final result is a weighted average of the exam results the student has obtained for all the programme components of his/her training programme. In calculating the final result, the credits corresponding to the various programme components are used for weighting the results obtained for those components.

The final result is expressed as an integer out of 100.

A student whose final result is less than 50 out of 100 can never be declared successful.

A student is successful for the Bachelor’s programme if he/she has obtained credits for all the programme components in his/her training programme.
 
The examination board can declare a student who has not obtained credits for all the programme components successful if it can substantiate why it believes that the objectives of the programme have been achieved.
 
For more information see the Education and Examination regulation.
ECTS co-ordinator

Prof. dr. B. Goethals, bart.goethals@ua.ac.be