The Bachelor “Computer Science” is a general 3 years study program introducing most of the fundamental topics in computer science. Computer science is a complex and diversified study topic, students should not be under any illusion, a 3 years study program can only begin to introduce this field. That is why our program focus on achieving two main goals, 1- preparing students to be competitive on the job market in computer science at the end of their undergraduate studies; 2- preparing students to pursue their formation at graduate level in different specialized topics directly related to computer science or related to information technologies in other fields of activities such as business, medicine, engineering, law, etc. In order to achieve these two goals, we seek to develop two main trusts of abilities: 1- become excellent applied computer scientists by developing programming skills in some core programming languages and obtaining a deep understanding of core topics in computer science such as software engineering, databases, computer architecture and computer networks; 2- develop student's analytical skills through several courses in mathematics and also in foundational analytical topics of computer science such as algorithmic and mathematical models of computer computation.
THE TEACHING STAFF
Courses will be taught by professors coming from the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt/Main, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, and the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and by full time professors working at VGU. Professors in our program have received their PhD degree from top universities in Europe or North America. Students have also at their disposition VGU’s Vietnamese tutors which assist for exercises and laboratories as well as helping to answer student's questions about lectures and examinations.
THE BACHELOR PROGRAM
Our bachelor program in Computer Science is the same as the Computer Science program at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. This means the courses are the same, but also the teaching method and philosophy are the same, the way the class are conducted and our examination rules are the same and the degree granted is the Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. One particularity of the teaching method and philosophy in applied sciences universities in Germany is the emphasis on practical training, where students spend a lot of time in laboratories doing practical exercises, and in the case of computer science students, spending a lot time coding in different programming languages and for different applications. Students don't spend all their time reading books, their learning is grounded in direct experiences with the tools and problems computer scientists use and solve.
The first two semesters focus on mathematical foundations such as calculus and algebra, as well as mathematics more directly related to computer science such as discrete mathematics, algorithms and data structures and models of computation. These two semesters also provide an opening to the field of computer science. In the first semester they get a general introduction to all aspects of computers, at hardware and software levels. They also start there training in programming languages, they get in depth courses in two programming languages C and C++. Finally students study the functioning of computers at the physical level through the course computer architectures.
These two semesters will lead the students into a variety of computer science topics. Software engineering analysis and design principles will be taught with a lot of programming exercises. The technical backgrounds and applications of databases and in particular networks will be examined with in-depth lab exercises using contemporary hardware components. General operating systems, as well as real-time systems running on embedded systems are introduced with hands-on studies. Considering a world of networks, we additionally focus on distributed systems and do not forget about IT Security. Finally students get two more programming courses, one in Java, and one in the language of their choice through programming exercises. Through ongoing project works, students will acquire skills in teamwork, negotiations, presentations and are prepared for a dynamic working environment.
Being equipped with the knowledge gathered in the first four semesters, here the students are provided some freedom to realize IT projects in laboratories in order to be able to apply the learned approaches systematically. In order to substantiate the scientific education, through projects, we discuss contemporary subjects of computer science and in addition enhance the knowledge of IT Security with the required legal issues. Additional room is left for interdisciplinary issues 'Studium Generale'.
This semester is packed with projects, internship in companies and the bachelor’s thesis. The students will have to apply their hardware and software skills in a blended way to solve practical problems and in real-world situations. In the thesis, students are expected to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in technical and interdisciplinary topics to work as an engineer.
The following table of modules gives a general overview of the modules offered in this program. Many of these modules will be taught as block seminars of two to four weeks in duration.
The table of modules can be downloaded here.
If you want to receive more information on the Computer Science program at VGU or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by emailing to: study(at)vgu.edu.vn