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Bachelor degree study

FIIT has accredited the following programs in the 3-year and 4-year full time Bachelor's degree (in accordance to law no. 131/2002).

  • Informatics (in the field of study - 9.2.1 Informatics)
  • Information Security (in the field of study - 9.2.1 Informatics)
  • Internet Technologies (in the field of study - 9.2.4 Computer Engineering)

Detailed information about the accreditation is on the website of the Ministry of Education in Slovak Republic.

It also has accredited programs by the British Council for Engineering – British Engineering Council UK (IET Accreditation Committee). The IET certificate of graduation from an accredited program of study can only be obtained by graduates who have passed the final exam on the first attempt.

The bachelor courses mentioned above have been taught on the faculty since the academic year 2004/05.


General characteristics and objectives of bechelor studies

    1st level of education in computer science and information technology is designed to evoke interest in candidates , who appeal to higher education. Graduates of these courses have a good chance to find good job opportunities in national and international market or they can continue their studies at the 2nd level.

    For the Bachelor‘s studies, FIIT provides these programs, with the standard length of study 3 years and 4 years:

      • Informatics (in the field of study 9.2.1 – Informatics),
      • Information Security (in the field of study 9.2.1 – Informatics),
      • Internet Technologies (in the field of study 9.2.4 – Computer Engineering).

    Study programs are based on deep theoretical bases and are oriented on the development of creativity and practical skills of the students. The goal is to provide a solid base of knowledge in the field of study along with knowledge in non-technical fields. Every student completes the economic, human and social sciences as well as a study of a foreign languages (English language is obligatory). An important component of the content of the course is the final project (individual and group). Students have a set of optional subjects to choose from, which helps them to adjust their schedule and specialise. FIIT provides comprehensive basic education in areas of science and technology, as well as non-technical areas and educates specialists in the areas that make up the professional profile of the student.

 

Structure of an academic year and the form of education

    In terms of organization, the essential part of the study is a nominal year. Each nominal year consists of two semesters. Due to the standard length of the bechelor studies, 3-year, the study is divided into nominal components as follows:

      • First nominal year – student earned less than 60 credits,
      • Second nominl year – student earned 60 credits or more but less than 120 credits,
      • Third nominal year - student earned 120 credits and more.

    In the first year, the student acquires knowledge of the natural character, along with basic study of his chosen subject, and non-technical subjects such as economics and humanitarian subjects.

    During the second year of study, the knowledge of the student‘s field of study is deepened, while the student solves various smaller problems in lesser projects. Knowledge of mathematics is deepened further as well, when the student chooses a narrower field of mathematics to focus onto.

    A substantial part of the effort in the third year is dedicate to the Bachelor project, resulting in a thesis. The student works on the project two semesters. The choice of optional subjects during the third year mostly falls on the ones that will help the student with getting more information related to his thesis.

    A condition for advancement into the next year of the study is to obtain a prescribed amount of credits. The number of credits required for advancement into the next year is determined by the study program. Study programs are divided into subjects. Education in these subjects is provided with/to the following forms: lectures, seminars, work on a project, interships, field trips or professional experience. There is a possibility of further consultation with each of the aforementioned forms.

    The range for the various forms is given by the hours, that represent the direct (scheduled) teaching of the student. For each form of study, there is a determined amount of hours that have to be spent on the schedule. Aside from direct teaching, each student has an assigned amount of guided practical work and independent work.

 

Methods of evaluation and finishing the study of subjects

    For each subject, there is a determined way to end the study, which is always one of the options below:

      • Credit (z)
      • Graded credit (kz)
      • Credit and test (zs)
      • Test (s)
      • State examination (šs)

    The method of evaluation depends on the individual subject, as well as the form of education. The level of completion is graded in the range of 0-100 points. The point score is transformed into a grade for subjects that are ended with a graded credit, credit with a test, or a test. For subjects that are ended with just Credit, the point total is reflected in whether the credit for that subject is granted or witheld.

    The overall assessment of the level of completion of the course is an integral evaluation, which includes:

    • Mid-term review
      • Knowledge acquired by continuous studying (1-3 continuous tests),
      • Solving tasks under controlled and independent work of the student.

    • Final evaluation
      Evaluated is the level of completion of the final test (if the subject is ended by a test or a credit and a test), or the advocacy of the final project (in subjects where project work is used as a form of education and the form of ending is graded credit).

    Mid-term reviewing of students’ work is an important part of the assessment (by standard forms 30-50% of the final evaluation). It is motivating for students to gain long-lasting knowledge and skills.

 

Project work

    Project work is a prominent feature of the bachelors curriculum. It essential for acquisition engineering skills, practical habits and application of acquired theoretical knowledge.

    Project work is included in the curriculum by three explicitly separate project subjects (compulsory subjects of study). The subjects are Bachelor Project I, Bachelor Project II in both study programs, in which the students are making individual projects. There are also subjects where the students learn the methods of project work in groups.

    Project work develops to a lesser extent implicitly in many subjects (especially in the second and third parts of the study). Over the course of the semester, students are addressing smaller problems and projects individually, or in small groups (form 2 to 6 projects, tasks of varying complexity), and they have to advocate their results on predetermined dates. The project assignments correspond to the content of the subjects they are given in. For their succesful completion, students have to apply their knowledge from other subjects as well. The importance of the project work is expressed by its weight on the final evaluation of completion of the subject. Evaluation of the project work typically includes an assessment of the project documentation (tasks), level of design and implementation (as required by the project) and the presentation of the project (tasks).

    Emphasis on individual work and self-study is reflected in additional credits in the assigned subject.

    The credits reflect not only the number of scheduled lectures, but also the amount of hours spent on individual work and self-study.

 

State examinations and thesis

    Bachelor’s study requires a final thesis, which is done during the third part of the study (third nominal year) in the form of two project subjects: Bachelor Project I, Bachelor Project II. The goal is to adopt methods and procedures needed to deal with relatively large projects. At the same time, they prove the ability to independently and creatively solve complex tasks in accordance with existing policies and procedures, which are used in the field, and show the readiness for practical application. It is a self- study individual project work, where the student has to demonstrate the ability to:

    • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge from his studies,
    • Find relevant literature, materials or other sources that relate to the problem, which allows a detailed specification of the problem (assignment) in accordance to the current situation in the area,
    • Independently and creatively analyze new findings, analyze possible solutions, create models, or to implement and evaluate results,
    • Demonstrate engineering skills and practical habits,
    • Present a solution, a method, and a verification of the result both orally and in written form,
    • Effectively manage their own project and make effective use of the discussions with the project supervisor.

    Working with scientific literature, a significant degree of creative work and demonstration of the ability for abstraction is especially required from students, who are interested in advancing to the second level of study. The bachelor thesis, in its scope and difficulty, represents the importance of the project as a finalization of the study, and thematically focuses on the areas and fields of study selected by the student.

    The topic for the bachelor project is chosen by the student at the end of the 2nd nominal year, out of a defined selection of topics. The topics are evaluated for the compliance of the required quality (professional focus, difficulty, range) by a committee of professionals, headed by the sponsor of the study program.

    The student works on his bachelor thesis for two semesters. At the end of each semester, the student has to demonstrate his progress and achievements:

    • After 1st semester of work (end of Bachelor project I), written documentation, graded by the project supervisor.
    • After 2nd semester of work (end of Bachelor project II), written documentation – bachelor project, which is evaluated by the project supervisor and a single opponent.

    The State exam of the Bachelor study is the student’s advocacy of his project and a professional discussion on the project. Bachelor project is evaluated by the project supervisor and a single opponent. The project is advocated in front of the examination committee. When evaluating the State exam, these factors are taken into account:

    • Submitted thesis and the level of implementation of the project (based on a review of the project supervisor and opponent).
    • Work on the project during the year (based on a review of the project supervisor).
    • Presentation and defense of the thesis.
    • Statements and opinions in the scientific discussion about the thesis.

    A state exam can only be repeated once, in the time determined by the examination committee.

 

Job opportunities for graduates

    The study programs Informatics and Communication systems and networks are designed by way that each student who completed the study and defended his bachelor project obtains the required theoretical knowledge, practical experience required for his specialisation. Project work, either explicitly or implicitly expressed in the study plans, requires the student to apply theoretical and practical knowledge to the full potential. Succesfull completion of the study is therefore only granted to the students, who systematically and continually studies all individual subjects. A significant percentage of the students expand their practical skills and knowledge by working in various sectors of their field, like programmers, computer network administrators, engineers, even during their study.

    Graduates of both courses will find application in both the domestic and international labor market, in both private and public sectors. They will find employment in all sectors that use the methods and means of informatics and information technology for the management and administration of their processes (e.g. industrial enterprises, banking, transportation, healthcare, educational institutions). They are ready for the second level of education in informatics and related fields.

    Graduates of the Informatics study program can apply as self-sufficient workers or members of development teams in design, documentation, testing, deployment and maintanance of both small and large software systems.

    Graduates of the Information Safety study program can apply as self-sufficient workers or members of development teams in design, documentation, testing, deployment and maintanance with focus on safety.

    Graduates of Interent technologies are applied as independent workers or as members of teams in the design, operation and service of universal computer systems, digital devices, embedded computer systems, computer networks and small software systems.