FIIT offers the following study programs in 3-year and 4-year full-time bachelor's study (in accordance with Act No. 131/2002 Coll. on Higher Education and on Amendments and Additions to Certain Acts and on Amendments and Additions to Certain Acts, as amended).
Information about the accreditation is available on the website of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic in the Register of Study Programs (select Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava).
It also has study programs accredited by the British Engineering Council UK (IET Accreditation Commission. Only first-time graduates can obtain an IET certificate of completion of an accredited degree program.
The study programs are built on a thorough theoretical foundation and are oriented towards developing students' creativity and practical skills. The aim is to provide a broad background by acquiring knowledge in the relevant area given by the field of study along with knowledge in non-technical areas. Each student takes courses in economics, humanities and social sciences as well as foreign languages (English is compulsory). Project work (individual and group) forms an important component of the study content. In the programs, the option of subjects is applied, by which the student is profiled in the chosen field of computer science and information technology. FIIT provides a comprehensive basic education in both natural sciences and technical and non-technical areas and educates specialists in the areas that make up a student's professional profile.
Structure of study program units and forms of teaching
From the point of view of the organization of studies, the basic part of the study is the nominal year. Each nominal year consists of two semesters. The 3-year Bachelor's degree is divided into nominal years as follows, taking into account the standard length of the Bachelor's degree:
- 1st nominal year – the student has earned less than 60 credits,
- 2nd nominal year – the student has obtained 60 credits or more but less than 120 credits,
- 3rd nominal year – the student has earned 120 credits or more.
In the first nominal year, it mainly acquires knowledge of a natural science character together with the basics of the field of study. Already in this year, the student is involved in small projects in some courses.
In the second nominal year, the knowledge of the field of study is deepened, with the student solving practical problems in small projects in individual courses. Furthermore, the knowledge of mathematics is also deepened. In this part of the study, the elective nature of the courses in the field of study is already applied to a lesser extent.
A substantial part of the effort in the third nominal year is devoted by the student to the bachelor's project, which results in a bachelor's thesis. The bachelor's project is carried out over two semesters. In this part of the study, the option of courses in the field of study is applied to a greater extent, by which the student can appropriately complement the specialization given also by the topic of the bachelor thesis. In the process of studying, the student also acquires knowledge of non-technical courses of economic, humanities and social-scienific orientation.
The condition for advancement to the next part of the study is the acquisition of the prescribed number of credits. The number of credits required for advancement to the next part of the study is determined by the study regulations. Study programs are divided into courses. Education in the courses is provided in the following forms: lecture, seminar, exercise, design or laboratory exercise, project work. Each form is complemented by consultation as a method of communication with the student.
For each form, the extent of teaching in hours is given, which represent the direct (timetabled) teaching of the student. In addition to the direct form of teaching, each course has a set proportion of practical supervised work and independent work of the student.
Methods of evaluation and completion of the study of courses
For each course, the method of completion of the study of the course is determined as one of the following options:
- Credit (z)
- Classified credit (kz)
- Credit and examination (zs)
- Examination (s)
- State examination (šs)
The method of assessment is specific to the individual courses as well as to the forms of teaching. The level of completion of the courses is assessed by points in the range 0-100. In the case of courses with the completion method classified credit, credit and examination, examination, the mark is transformed into a grade according to the established grading scale. In the case of courses completed by credit only, the mark shall be reflected in the award or non-award of credit.
The overall assessment of the level of completion of the course is an integral assessment which includes:
- continuous assessment
the following are assessed:
- the knowledge acquired by the student through continuous study of the course (continuous tests),
- the solutions to the tasks given in the course of the student's supervised and independent work.
- final assessment
the level of completion of the final test (if the method of completion of the course is an examination or credit and examination) or the defence of the project (in courses where project work is used as a form of teaching and the method of completion of the course is a graded credit) is assessed.
Continuous assessment of students' work forms a significant part of the assessment (normally 30-50% of the total assessment in the Bachelor's studies). It is also motivating for students to acquire permanent knowledge and skills.
Project work is a distinctive feature of Bachelor's degree programs. It is regarded as an essential means of acquiring engineering skills, practical habits and application of the acquired theoretical knowledge.
Project work is included in the curricula by three explicitly separate project subjects (compulsory subjects of study). These are the subjects Bachelor Project I, Bachelor Project II in all study programs in which students project individually. Furthermore, subjects in which students of Bachelor's studies also learn the methods of project work in groups.
Project work also develops implicitly to a lesser extent in several courses (especially in the second and third part of the study). Here, students solve smaller projects and homework assignments (2 to 6 projects, assignments of varying complexity) individually or in small groups during the semester, the solutions of which are presented and defended orally at predetermined deadlines. The assignments of the projects correspond to the content of the respective courses in which they are being addressed. However, in order to master them successfully, students must also apply knowledge from other subjects. The importance of project work is also reflected in the proportion of its assessment in the overall assessment of the level of completion of the relevant course. Assessment of project work typically includes assessment of the documentation of the project (assignment), the level of design and implementation (according to the project requirements) and the presentation of the project (assignment).
The emphasis on independent work and self-study is reflected in the credits assigned to the course.
Credits reflect not only the number of timetable hours but also the amount of hours devoted to independent work and self-study.
State examinations and bachelor thesis
The bachelor's study includes the preparation of the final bachelor's thesis, which is carried out in the last part of the 3rd nominal year of study in the form of two project courses: the Bachelor's Project I, the Bachelor's Project II. The aim is to learn the methods and procedures of solving relatively large-scale projects. At the same time, the aim is to demonstrate the ability to independently and creatively solve complex tasks in accordance with current methods and procedures used in the relevant field, and thus demonstrate readiness for employment in practice. This is individual self-directed project work, which the student is expected to demonstrate the ability to:
- apply the acquired theoretical and practical knowledge from the study,
- to search for relevant literature, materials or other sources that relate to the problem to be solved, which allows to refine the specification of the problem (assignment) in accordance with the current state of the art in the relevant field,
- independently and creatively process new knowledge, analyze possible solutions, create models or implement them and evaluate the results,
- demonstrate engineering skills and practical habits,
- present the solution, the method and the result of the verification of its properties orally and in writing,
- effectively manage their own project and make effective use of the discussions with the project supervisor.
Working with the literature, a significant degree of creative work and demonstration of abstraction skills are required, particularly for students wishing to undertake a second degree. The bachelor´s thesis, in its scope and difficulty, represents the importance of the project as the final project of the bachelor´s degree and focuses thematically on the selected area the relevant fields of study.
The topic´s of the Bachelor thesis are chosen by students at the end of the 2nd/3rd nominal year (in the case of the 3-/4-year study) from a defined set of topics. The individual topics are assessed for in terms of the required quality (professional focus, difficulty, scope) by an expert committee led by the study program guarantor.
The student prepares the bachelor thesis for two semesters. The end of each semester presents a checkpoint in which the student demonstrates the results achieved:
- After the 1st semester of the solution (completion of the Bachelor project I course) written documentation, which is evaluated with a grade by the project supervisor.
- After the 2nd semester of the solution (completion of the Bachelor project II course) written documentation – Bachelor thesis, which is assessed by the project supervisor and one opponent.
The state examination of the bachelor´s study is a defence of the bachelor´s project and a professional discussion of the project. The bachelor project is assessed by the project supervisor and one opponent. The student defends the project before the examination board for the state examination. The following are taken into account in the assessment of the state examination:
- the submitted bachelor´s thesis and the level of implementation part of the project (based on the judgement of the project supervisor and the opponent),
- the work on the project during the year (based on the judgement of the project supervisor),
- presentation and defense of the bachelor thesis,
- statements and opinions in the professional discussion of the bachelor thesis.
The student may repest the state examination only once, on the date set by the examination board.
Level and employment of graduates
The study programs are designed in such a way that every student who has completed his/her studies and defended his/her Bachelor's thesis acquires the required theoretical knowledge, practical habits and skills within the meaning of the graduate profile. Project work, whether explicitly or implicitly expressed in the curricula, requires the student to apply the acquired theoretical and practical knowledge in its entirety. Thus, only a student who systematically pursues the study of individual subjects on an ongoing basis can successfully complete his/her studies. A significant percentage of students already during their studies broaden their practical knowledge and skills by working in various sectors of the economy, such as programmers, computer network administrators, designers of technical equipment.
Graduates of all study programs will find employment on the domestic as well as international labor market in all sectors of the economy, both in the private and public sectors. They will find employment in all sectors that use the methods and means of informatics and information technology to manage and administer their processes (e.g. industrial enterprises, banking, transport, healthcare, educational institutions). They are also prepared for further post-secondary education in computer science or related fields.
Graduates of the Computer Science 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.