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Accredited study programs

FIIT offers the following programs in the 2-year full time Master’s degree (in accordance to law no. 131/2002).

Detailed information on 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 Software engineering course is opened since the academical year of 2004/05. The course of Information systems has been opened in 2005/06.




General characteristics and objectives of Master degree studies

    Graduates of the 2nd level of study are guaranteed to find good job opportunities in both the domestic and international labor market.

    For the 2nd level of study, the faculty provides these accredited courses, with the standard length of study being 2 years.

      • Software engineering, (course 9.2.5, Software engineering),
      • Information systems, (course 9.2.6, Information systems).

    It is assumed, that the applicant has finished the 1st level of study in a relevant, or closely related course.

    Applicants, who have completed the 1st level of study in a more distant course apply for courses with a standard length of 3 years.

    The study programs are based on the assumption of thorough theoretical knowledge and practical skills acquired in the Bachelor studies. Emphasis is put on developing of creativity through research with a high level of independence. Students gain experience in the forumulation of hypotheses, experimental design, hypotheses verification and analysis of obtained data.

    The goal for the Master’s degree student is to obtain deep knowledge in the field he chooses to focus on, while also expanding his knowledge of non-technical subjects, such as economics or social sciences. An important part of the course consists of project work (individual and in groups).

 

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. For students who have finished the first digree in their chosen field of study, or in a closely related one, is the study divided into nominal components as follows:

      • 1. nominal year – student earned less than 60 credits
      • 2. nominal year – student earned 60 credits or more.

    For students who have finished the first digree in a more distant field of study, is the study divided into nominal components as follows:

      • Conversion year – student earned less than 60 credits,
      • 1. nominal year - student earned 60 credits or more but less than 120 credits,
      • 2. nominal year - student earned 120 credits and more.

    In the conversion year (0. Nominal year), the student acquires basic knowledge of the field of study, required to advance in the bechelor studies. The students can pick from many optional subjects to tailor their schedules to their strengths and weaknesses, which helps them catch up in fields that they may have studied less, prior to their admission to FIIT (usually maths, physics, programming).

    In the 1st nominal year, the students deepen their knowledge of their chosen field of study. They have to work on a team project, and start working on their diploma thesis. Mathematical knowledge is also deepened by choosing two specialized math subjects, based on the specialization of the student.

    In the 2nd nominal year, the knowledge of the field of study are deepened further. The students spend most of the time working on their diploma thesis. The diploma thesis is being worked on over three semesters. The students also have to choose an economical subject and a management subject, to diversify their profile.

 

Methods of evaluation

    For every subject, there is a determined method of completion of the course:

      • Credit
      • Graded credit
      • Credit and test
      • Test
      • State examination

    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 student has to get a sufficient amount of points to complete the subject.

    The overall assesment of the level of completion of a subject consists of:

    • Continuous evaluation
      Based on:
      • Knowledge of the student, acquired through continuous study (1 to 3 mid-term tests),
      • Solving of assignments

    • Final evaluation
      Based on the level of completion of the final exam (If the method of completion for the subject is Test or Credit and test.), or the advocacy of the final project.

    Continuous evaluation forms a significant portion of the final evaluation. It motivates the students to obtain lasting practical knowledge.

 

Projects

    Working on a project is a prominent feature of the engineers curriculum. It is essential for acquisition of engineering skills, practical habits and application of acquired theoretical knowledge.

    Project work is included in the curriculum in two exclusive forms.

    • Individual project
    • Team project

    These projects are realized in five different courses (core courses of the Masters degree study). The courses are: Team project I, Team project II, Diploma project I, Diploma project II and Diploma project III. The courses are called the same in all the programs available for Masters degree study.

    In their Team project, the students are learning to work effectively in a team. The goal is to acquire a set of methods and optimal workflow suitable for a work on a larger project, and to prove the graduates readiness for practical work in the field. The students improve their skills in:

    • Communication in a team
    • Cooperation in creating a result of the project (and the documentation)
    • Planning for a relatively large project
    • Optimal direction of the project

    The main team project is not the only way project work is featured in the Masters degree studies. Students also work on minor projects, usually within the boundaries of a single course. Students work on solving multiple (usully 2-6 lesser projects of various difficulty) projects during the course. Their results are presented and advocated with the project committee.

 

State examination

    The final goal of the Masters degree study is the final graduation thesis. It is realized in three different courses (core courses of the Masters degree study). The courses are: Diploma project I, Diploma project II and Diploma project III. The goal is to develop methods and procedures required for solving relatively large tasks. The graduation thesis thematically focuses on a chosen core topic of the program of study. The topics for graduation theses are choesen in the 1st semester from a predefined pool of topics. The final project is evaluated by a project committee, lead by the garant of the program of study.

    The student has to succeed in two state examinations. The first is an examination in the core specialization of the program. This examination is undertaken during the course of study, after acquiring at least 60 credits from various courses.
    The second state examination is the advocacy of the final thesis. It can only be taken after succeeding in the first examination.

    The student works on the final thesis for 3 semesters. The end of each semester is a control point, during which the student proves his progress through these methods:

    • After the 1st semester - written documentation, evaluated by the project supervisor.
    • After the 2nd semester - written documentation, evaluated by the project supervisor, advocacy in front of at least 3-member committee, evaluated based on the documentation and the committees impression.
    • After the 3rd semester - written documentation (complete thesis), evaluated by the project supervisor and one opponent.

    State examination can only be repeated once, within the term given by the examination committee.

 

Job opportunities for graduates

    Graduates of all the programs of study end up with substantial theoretical knowledge in their respective fields, ability to work alone or in a team, and a lot of additional practical knowledge. Project work on our Faculty is very demanding of general creativity, and creative use of acquired knowledge. Every graduate is able to:

    • find and present his unique solutions in research, development, projecting and construction of information technologies,
    • lead large projects and take responsibility for the complex solutions, adjust and implement modern information technologies into various fields of application; work effectively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team.

    A significant percentage of students additionally bolster their practical knowledge and skills during their course of study, by working in various branches of the IT industry. Most of these students find good employment in the companies they have worked in previously.