800913 :Fundamentals of Information Sciences for Premasters CIS


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 14 x 2 hours lectures plus online contact hours (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam + assignments (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:4 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via Blackboard voor aanvang colleges
Blackboard informatieLink to Blackboard (Als u de melding 'Guest are not allowed in this course' krijgt, dient u nog bij Blackboard in te loggen)


dr. M.M. van Zaanen (coordinator)

dr.ing. S.C.J. Bakkes (coordinator spring)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

At the end of the unit, students will be able to
  • describe how ICT tools and techniques work, apply the tools and techniques and identify the possibilities and limitations of these tools and techniques;
  • use different annotation methods (HTML, XML);
  • characterize basic programming concepts and use them to design and analyze simple algorithms;
  • interpret and produce formal notations.

In addition to the practical learning goals, the following academic skill will be trained:
  • communicate and cooperate in an (international and/or interdisciplinary) team.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an inherent part of our current society. For example, writing a novel, coordinating a large organization, changing a law, finding a handyman, predicting traffic jams, or measuring heart rate are all tasks that are currently performed with the help of ICT.  During your studies, but also in most jobs nowadays, much of the work will be performed on computers.  To be able to work efficiently on a computer and understand why certain problems occur and how they can be resolved, basic knowledge of ICT is required.

In this unit a range of ICT tools will be discussed. Many of these tools may be useful during the rest of your studies (and afterwards). This unit also discusses the underlying technical aspects of the tools. For instance, knowledge of how a computer works provides insight in the possibilities and limitations of ICT. Additionally, we will take a look at how to automate processes and discuss formal representations that allow us to describe these processes.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)


The final grade of the unit consists of the rounded weighted average of the written exam (80%), a group assignment (10%) and an individual assignment (10%). All of the assignments (and written exam) are compulsory to pass the course. It is not required for all graded assignments and written exam to be passes, only the final grade (rounded weighted average) should be a pass in order to pass the course. For the written exam a resit is possible. For the assignments revisions (resits) are not allowed. Additional (non-graded) compulsory assignments do require a pass in order to pass for the course (pass/fail). Assignments have non-negotiable deadlines. Assignments handed in after the deadline will not be accepted and will lead to a fail for the course.

Labor Market

During this course, you will learn how computers work and what tools and techniques are available. The aim of the unit is to allow you to work more efficiently with computers and understand what is going on. This should help during your study and also on the labor market, as most jobs require the use of computers nowadays.

Obligatory attendence

For some lectures attendence is obligatory. Information will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Englander, I, The architecture of computer hardware and systems software: An information technology approach. 4th edition, Wiley, 2009. (A PDF version is available)
  2. On-line articles and slides on Blackboard

Vereiste voorkennis


Verplicht voor

  • Premaster Communication and Information Sciences ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Premaster Communication and Information Sciences: voorjaar ( 2016, 2017 )