800913 :Fundamentals of Information Sciences for Premasters CIS

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction plus online contact hours (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Written exam + assignments (Examination schedule)
Course load:4 ECTS credits
Registration:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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dr. M.M. van Zaanen (coordinator)

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


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;
  • design and analyze simple algorithms;
  • interpret and produce formal notations.


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. In this unit a range of ICT tools will be discussed. Many of these tools may be useful during the rest of your studies. This unit also discusses the underlying technical aspects of the tools. For instance, knowledge on 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.


The final grade is calculated based on the grade for the written exam (60%) and individual assignments (40%). The weighted average of these grades must be 5.5 or higher to pass the course. Additional compulsory assignments require a pass in order to pass for the course. Assignments have non-negotiable deadlines. Assignments handed in after the deadline will not be accepted and will lead to a fail for the course.

Compulsory Reading

  1. On-line articles and slides on Blackboard.

Required Prerequisites


Compulsory for

  • Premaster Communication and Information Sciences ( 2016 )
  • Premaster Communication and Information Sciences: spring ( 2016 )