Computer Science

Everything you wanted to know about computers and were afraid to ask!

Name of the minor:

Computer Science

Codes:

MINFEW01

Teaching language:

English

Programme which has the coordinating role for this minor:

Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Econometrics and Operations Research

Other programmes which are contributing
to the minor:

not applicable

Access:

See admissions matrix.
Not applicable for Econometrie/Econometrics/BSc2, see Advanced Computer Science

Content

Have you always wondered how computers work? Do you want to perform advanced computational analysis for your thesis? Then, this minor is for you. In the Computer Science minor, students learn basics of computer hardware and software, as well as the use of computers for data storage and data processing. The students are also introduced to some of the problem-solving methods and techniques used in Computer Science to support business decision making within the context of business intelligence. In addition to a general overview of computers, the students learn to program in Java, and to develop and query relational databases.

Learning objectives:

After the minor, the students are able to identify the main components of modern computers and the working principles upon which they are based. They are also able to discuss the relation of various components to one another. Further, students are able to apply techniques from computer science to process large amounts of structured data and to create computer models for their research by using a modern programming language. Students can also apply the learnt techniques to support business decision making.

Specific characteristics:

Successful participation in this minor requires a significant ability to deal with abstract concepts, much like in mathematics. Furthermore, experience with a personal computer (e.g., Windows or Linux) is essential. Previous experience with a programming language is an advantage, but it is not necessary.

Organization

Maximum number of students that can participate in the minor: 50
Minimum number of students that can participate in the minor: 10

Contact hours: 109 (for 15 ECTS)/95 (for 12 ECTS)
Self-study hours: 311 (for 15 ECTS)/241 (for 12 ECTS)

Overview modules:

1. Computer Architecture
2. Introduction to Programming
3. Databases
4. Topics in Business Intelligence (only required for 15 ECTS)

ESE students can op for the 12 ECTS variant. In this case they will not take te module topics in business intelligence.

Module 1: Computer Architecture

  • Code: FEB53017
  • ECTS: 4
  • Content: Students learn the architecture of a modern computer (system architecture), its components, and the working principles of these components.
  • Teaching method: Lectures and exercise sessions
  • Teaching materials: Course book and supplementary material
  • Contact hours: 4 hours per week
  • Programme offering the module: ESE, Econometrics and Operational Research

Module 2: INTRODUCTION TO Programming

  • Code: FEB21011S
  • ECTS: 4 ECTS
  • Content: Students learn solving problems by using algorithms and implement these algorithms in a modern programming language.
  • Teaching method: Lectures and exercise sessions including computer tutorial
  • Teaching materials: Course book and supplementary material
  • Contact hours: 4 hours per week
  • Programme offering the module: ESE, Econometrics and Operational Research

Module 3: Databases

  • Code: FEB53018
  • ECTS: 4 ECTS
  • Content: Computer science has developed various methods for storing, retrieving, and processing large amounts of data. In the Databases module, students learn about one of these methods, namely the relational model, the related modeling approaches, and the SQL query language for data retrieval.
  • Teaching method: Lectures and exercise sessions
  • Teaching materials: Course book and supplementary material
  • Contact hours: 4 hours per week
  • Programme offering the module: ESE, Econometrics and Operational Research

 

Module 4: Topics in Business Intelligence

  • Code: FEB53016
  • ECTS: 3 ECTS
  • Content: Many business decisions are based on information from a variety of information systems. In the module Topics in Business Intelligence, students learn about the developments regarding how data stored in information systems can be transformed into useful information that managers can use for supporting their decisions.
  • Teaching method: Plenary sessions with discussions of the various topics
  • Teaching materials: Course book and supplementary material
  • Contact hours: 2 hours per week
  • Programme offering the module: ESE, Econometrics and Operational Research

Examination

Method of examination:

Module 1. Written exam and assignments.
Module 2. Computer exam, assignments, and mandatory participation in the tutorials.
Module 3. Written exam, written report, and mandatory participation in the tutorials.
Module 4. Written report.

Composition of final grade:

Students need to pass each module with a grade of at least 5.5 (there is no compensation) in order to complete the minor.  Students that have opted for a 12 ECTS minor do not have to pass module 4.

Feedback:

Module 1. After grading, students can review their exams in an evaluation session; the lecturer will present sample solutions to the questions.
Module 2. After grading, students can review their exams in an evaluation session; the lecturer will present sample solutions to the questions.
Module 3. After grading, students can review their exams and report; the lecturer will present sample solutions to the exam questions and report exercises.
Module 4. After grading, students can review their reports; the lecturer will provide feedback for improvement.

Contact information

Contact person:

Name: Dr. Flavius Frasincar
Email: frasincar@remove-this.ese.eur.nl
Phone: (010) 408 1340
Room: H11-18

Faculty website:

www.ese.eur.nl/students/minor


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