Exact Sciences Master Guide2005/2006

Information and Communication Technology (Society oriented variant)

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Information and Communication Technology (Society oriented variant)

  1. Programme

This specialization is aimed at the education of computer scientists considering a career with companies or administrative institutions.

The master project of 37 cp has the form of an internship at a company or institution outside the Department of Computer Science. A minor of at least 16 cp is compulsary, broadening the view with courses from, e.g., the economical sciences. Moreover the courses with a more applied character dominate in the curriculum.


For the minor the following 3 options have been pre-defined, but also other combinations are possible. (The options given here are in Dutch.)


1. Bedrijfskunde / Economie:

Management  Accounting 1.2

Management  Accounting 2.1

Organizational Behaviour

Enterprise Systems


2. Computer en recht:

Inleiding (in het recht)

Verdieping IT voor juristen

IT en Recht


3. Multimedia:

Multimedia Authoring I

Multimedia Authoring II

ACW: Geschiedenis Woord- en Beeldrelaties 3
      1. First year

Compulsory courses, 4 cp Theoretical Computer Science, 4 cp Mathematics and 30 cp optional courses for both years including a Minor of at least 16 cp.

Compulsory courses

Course code

Course name




Caput Software Asset Management


1 and 2


Knowledge Management and Modeling


1 and 2


Distributed Systems


1 and 2


Software Architecture


2 and 3


Project ISO


4, 5 en 6

Compulsory choice Theoretical Computer Science


Course code

Course name




Voortgezette logica



Compulsory choice Mathematics

at least 4 cp, recommended:

Course code

Course name




Kansrekening en Statistiek



      1. Second year

compulsory courses, 6 cp Literature Study and 37 cp Master Project.

Compulsory courses

Course code

Course name




Computers in de samenleving


1 and 2

    1. Computer Science and Communication

      1. General

This variant is intended for students in Computer Science who want to specialize in communication. The programme consists of two parts of 60 cp each, both including their own project with master thesis: one part is dedicated to training in Computer Science at the master level, the other part is dedicated to communication and is shared with students with other BSc degrees. It focuses on science communication theory and research as well as on science communication in practice. This includes science journalism as well as museology, the use of internet for science communication and health communication.
      1. Programme for the Computer Science part

This part consists of optional Computer Science courses and a research project, including a master thesis. The project and thesis are 21 cp. For the choice of the optional courses the student should consult the master coordinator of the section where he plans to do his project.
      1. Programme for the communication part

This part of the programme consists of 60 cp and is dedicated to Science Communication. Three courses, one internship or research project and a thesis are compulsory. The rest of the programme can be filled in with optional courses. In research projects students will focus on an aspect of science communication, while in internships students will work on a project at a trainee post in a museum, editorial office of a newspaper etc. There they will also do a small research project. The thesis consists of a study of literature on an aspect of science communication.


This part of the programme is coordinated by Prof.dr. Jaap Willems. Adress: Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Dept. of Science Communication, De Boelelaan 1087, room B0.29, e-mail jaap.willems@falw.vu.nl.


Teaching in this part of the programme is mainly in Dutch.

C-variant compulsory courses

Also a individual Internship/research project (21 sp) and a individual Thesis (9 sp)

Course code

Course name






03.10.05 - 28.10.05




05.09.2005 - 30.09.2005


WTC onderzoek


31.10.05 - 25.11.05

C-variant optional courses

Course code

Course name




Interpersoonlijke communicatie




Museologie en buitenschoolse educatie


09.01.2006 - 03.02.2006


Interactive Communication






13.03.2006 - 07.04.2006


Wetenschapscommunicatie via internet


28.11.05 - 23.12.05

    1. Master projects and Training on the job

The Master programme is concluded with a Master project or internship. This can be an individual project as well as a group project. Information about graduation projects and internships can be found on the Internet pages of the research groups of the Department of Computer Science. A graduation project has to be supervised by a staff member. Internships proposed by the student him/herself need approval in advance from a member of staff, who will cooperate with supervising the project.


Concerning graduation projects, the following rules are important:

  • The size of the Master projects is such that a project can be finished within 6 months of full-time occupation.

  • Students can in principle only start their graduation project if they have completed all other exam parts. In case one part must still be completed, approval of the project leader is required to start the project. In case more than one part must be completed, explicit approval of the Examination Board is required.

  • Upon project completion, a meeting will be held with all involved in the project, in which the student's work will be assessed and a judgement will be made under responsibility of the supervising member of staff. When the final judgement is that the student work is not sufficient, a supplement will be required from the student.

The rules for graduation internships are similar to those for graduation projects.
    1. Educational possibilities after the Master, training as a researcher

Each year the faculty offers a number of Ph.D. student positions; sometimes extra positions are available that are financed by NWO via specialised research projects. Graduate students with excellent grades are invited to apply for one of these positions. A Ph.D. student position is normally awarded for 4 years, during which time the Ph.D. student is expected to finish a doctoral thesis. A Ph.D. student obtains a full professor as supervisor, whereas the daily supervision will sometimes be performed by another member of the scientific staff. Aside from his/her research task (which includes following specialised courses and seminars), the Ph. D. student is also expected to contribute to regular teaching tasks. All Ph.D. students are registered with one of the research schools in which the Department of Computer Science participates: IPA, SIKS or OZSL.


Training as a researcher is possible in one of the following disciplines:

  • Information Systems;

  • Computer Systems;

  • Artificial Intelligence;

  • Software Engineering;

  • Theoretical Computer Science;

  • Bio-informatics.

Students interested in a Ph.D. student position can contact one of the study advisors or a professor or staff member under whose supervision they would like to conduct their research.
    1. Graduate schools

The main task of a Ph.D. student is to do research, leading to a dissertation. Since everything has to be learned, the Ph.D. student is supposed to get training in doing research, and also to get additional education in his/her research area. The graduate education preparing for a Ph.D. is provided by the Dutch research schools. These research schools are institutions in which several universities participate. Their aim is to coordinate research activities in a specific area and to organize training programmes for Ph.D. students in that area.


The Department of Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit participates in three research schools:



It is the principal goal of the Institute for Programming research and Algorithmics (IPA) to educate researchers in the field of programming research and algorithmics; this research area comprises:

  • the study and development of formalisms, methods and techniques to design, analyze, and construct software systems and components

Website: http://www.win.tue.nl/ipa



The scientific mission of the Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge systems (SIKS) is to perform high-level fundamental and applied research in the field of information and knowledge systems, from the perspectives of the following scientific areas:

  • database systems

  • information systems

  • knowledge engineering

  • software engineering

  • theoretical computer science and applied logic

Website: http://www.cs.uu.nl/siks



The aim of the Dutch Graduate School in Logic (OZSL, for Onderzoeksschool Logika) is to guide the development of logic research, as a core part of an emerging new science of information processing. More in particular, the school is active in the research areas of:

  • logic in computer science

  • logic and artificial intelligence

  • logic, philosophy and linguistics


The OZSL also encourages the development of new areas where logic, viewed as the science of the formal aspects of information processing, could play an important role.

Website: http://www.ozsl.uu.nl



The research in the Advanced School for Computing and Imaging (ASCI) focuses on two main themes:

  • Computer Systems: methods and techniques for the design and implementation of advanced computer systems, especially parallel, distributed, embedded and real-time systems.

  • Imaging Systems: methods and techniques for the analysis and synthesis of images.


These two areas frequently overlap, creating areas of fruitful research. For example, advanced imaging systems often need massive parallel computing systems due to the amount of data to be processed. Similarly, when imaging, distributedsystems and real-time systems are combined, we get multimedia, another increasingly important area.

Website: http://www.asci.tudelft.nl

  1. Master Information Sciences

    1. The domain of the Master Information Sciences (IS)

Information Sciences is the multidisciplinary area bridging Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its practical use in society. Are you interested in how information is created and processed in companies and institutions? Are you more interested in the application of technology than technology for its own sake? Do you believe it's important not to lose sight of the role people, organizations and cultures play in designing, modelling, communicating and sharing information? Are you fascinated by knowledge and innovation? If so, then the Master's programme in Information Sciences at VU Amsterdam is an excellent choice for you.


Information Sciences (IS, in other countries also called Information Systems) focus on theory development and best practices of effective creation, structuring, processing, communication and sharing of information and knowledge using ICT. Information processes and contexts of organizations and individuals are studied, not just from a technological perspective but also from the social, economic, cognitive and organizational perspectives.


At VU we pay special attention to the latest innovative developments and applications of ICT, related to Internet, World Wide Web, multimedia, intelligent systems, and electronic business. Here are some of the advanced topics that IS researchers at VU currently investigate:

  • How can major international artists (such as DJ Jean, take a look at http://www.cs.vu.nl/~gordijn/clip-mainmenu.htm) get e-paid via Web services, when their music is broadcast over Internet radiostations across the whole world?

  • How can you make the World Wide Web intelligent so that it becomes much more easy to represent, process and share electronic information and knowledge across companies and communities of interest? (See for example VU's prize-winning FLINK application at http://prauw.cs.vu.nl:8080/flink/ on social networks on the Web.)

  • How do you design multimedia databases for broad user groups on the Internet on, say, some pop music style or museum art collection, including videoclips, sound samples, explanatory notes, and an easily searchable discography or collection overview?

  • What are successful networked business models for small and medium-sized enterprises to offer e-services over the Web, for example for sustainable and cost-effective energy management in smart buildings, or electronic support for medical and elderly care at home?


IS at the Vrije Universiteit strikes a healthy balance by combining technology and information with the study of people, culture and organizations. It builds on a solid computer science foundation, but does so in an inherently multidisciplinary approach that continuously crosses and challenges the boundaries between exact and social sciences. Our research is at the international forefront, an achievement directly reflected in the Master's programme. Social, communicative and managerial skills are important in IS. So, during your study you will regularly work in project teams and collaborate with others to solve practical problems regarding complex information systems in real-life settings. 


Both the Bachelor and Master programmes in IS are organized by VU's Faculty of Sciences. Information about the Bachelor programme IS or "Informatiekunde" can be found in a separate study guide. All VU studyguides are also available on the Web.

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