University of Applied Sciences in Information Technology – VSITE – privatno je visoko učilište na kojem možete, redovito ili izvanredno, studirati na Specijalističkom diplomskom stručnom studiju informacijskih tehnologija znanstvenog područja tehničkih znanosti polja računarstva na kojem ćete steći konkretna znanja i vještine te potvrditi i razviti svoje talente.
Uloga stručnih specijalista inženjera informacijskih tehnologija, koji raspolažu konkretnim znanjima o tehnologijama koje se primjenjuju u praksi, u skladu je s društvenim tendencijama da se složeni tehnički poslovi obavljaju uz pomoć uz pomoć računalnih i računalnih programa.
Specijalistički diplomski stručni studij informacijskih tehnologija polaznicima daje upravo ona specijalistička stručna znanja, koja će im omogućiti samostalno praćenje razvoja tehnike na području kojim se bave, te primjenu stečenog znanja u voditeljstvu i izgradnji složenih informacijskih sustava.
Learning outcomes are knowledge and skills that students will acquire during their studies. It is expected that after completing the studies, the student will be able to:
- model data processing systems
- manage information systems in a social environment
- choose digital technology in management systems
- design mobile and embedded computer systems
- develop new complex and reliable software products
- evaluate advanced software engineering technologies
- implement and maintain secure computer systems
- design and maintain virtual computer systems
- design advanced business intelligence and integration systems
- develop complex information systems based on services
- judge the information needs of users of the information system
The field of information technologies is developing the most dynamically of all technical branches, both through the advancement of its own technologies and through the expansion of the field of application. In this process, the development of the framework and program support is supported by the introduction of new methodologies and paradigms. The time cycle of technology obsolescence is measured in months and years instead of decades. Higher education in the field of computing can successfully achieve its purpose only if programs, contents and teaching methods are up-to-date with the progress of computer technology.
The analysis of graduate studies in the field of information technologies shows that there are several hundred higher education institutions active in Europe, which conduct several thousand studies. The national qualification frameworks under which these studies are carried out are partly harmonized with the European ones and differ significantly from each other, allowing one-year, one-and-a-half-year and two-year diploma (master's) studies. At the same time, there is no significant difference between university and professional diploma studies in terms of the status of the studies, but the orientation of the studies towards theoretical knowledge or towards the needs of the economy is important. The segmentation of the field into studies instead of majors and orientations, as is usual in Croatian academic practice so far, was also observed. The situation is similar in the USA and Australia, with a pronounced practice of conducting professional studies. There is a significant number of interdisciplinary studies in the field of economic application of information technologies.Among the available programs, we highlight the two-year master's study in Distributed Systems, which is conducted by the Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen at its campus in Bocholt (http://win.w-hs.de/fileadmin/fb7/Pruefungsamt/Modulhandbuecher/Informati, accessed 02/25/2013) All subjects are worth 5 ECTS, with 60 hours of contact classes and 90 hours of independent study. The study is organized without majors, with elective courses (one in the first semester, and two each in the second and third semesters. In the sixth semester, a graduation thesis with a weight of 30 ECTS is prepared and defended. The courses can be grouped into the basic courses of the profession (Discrete Mathematics and Probability, Automata and languages), subjects oriented towards economic application (IT consulting, IT management, Personal social relations, Business process management), and professional subjects related to networked systems, databases and information systems. This study is comparable to the Program Engineering and Information systems of the proposed study, and partly covers the areas of computer systems and portable and embedded systems.Programming is covered through mandatory practicals.
Another study that we single out is the master's study Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik conducted by the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Germany (http://ikt.htw-berlin.de/, visited 02/25/2013). This study is close to the proposed course Embedded and portable computers. The courses are classified into groups of engineering methods, distributed automation systems, communication and application, development of networked systems, practicals, and graduation thesis and colloquium. The courses have a weight of 4 and 5 ECTS, and the graduation thesis and colloquium have a weight of 5 and 5 ECTS. The program is independently accredited through ASIIN.
The third interesting study is the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Information Technology study (http://www.it-master.org/, visited on 25.02.2013) jointly conducted by three institutions, namely Halmstad University, Sweden, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland and Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, Germany. At the Lemgo campus, full-time students study for four semesters, and part-time students for eight. This program of study is a cross-section of proposed majors in built-in and portable computers, computer systems and information systems. In the Halmstad and Wroclaw campuses, students attend the first and fourth semesters at the home campus, while the second semester is held in Halmstad and the third in Wroclaw. The program is oriented towards embedded computers and programming. The program is independently accredited through ASIIN.
Advanced mathematical, social and concrete knowledge of modern information technologies necessary for continuous lifelong training is acquired at the graduate study, which enables quick inclusion in the work process without additional training.
In relation to the undergraduate study, the graduate professional study program combines the areas of databases, web applications and information systems into a single specialization, and separates the new area of embedded systems, i.e. students choose one of three majors:
Majors are chosen in the first semester, by choosing two mandatory elective courses of the major and two optional courses. Courses are chosen according to the same principle in the second and third semesters. With this concept, students are given maximum freedom to choose and profile their studies according to their own wishes, in accordance with the rules of the profession.
Students are trained to design and develop advanced software solutions, develop web services and applications, as well as design and implement business intelligence systems.
The creation of user program support and information systems is advanced from the level of professional study, which includes:
- basic training for bachelor's degree in programming and program implementation, to the level of a specialist graduate study that trains professional specialist engineers for independent application of software engineering paradigms, management of software projects and independent performance of complex tasks of implementing software systems
- databases and WEB applications and designing information systems, at a specialist level. It trains professional specialist engineers for the implementation and management of complex information systems based on modern technologies, and for the active improvement of information systems technology.
Students are trained to implement cloud systems, virtualized computer systems, and implement IT security standards on computer systems and networks.
The integration and maintenance of computer systems and networks is upgraded from the level of a professional study, where it provides knowledge important for tasks in the phases of installing, using and expanding computer equipment and program support, as well as the tasks of designing and implementing computer networks, to the level of a specialist study that trains a professional specialist engineer for strategic management of computer security and efficiency, and for mastering complex technologies of fine-tuning, monitoring and supervision of computer systems.
Students are trained in designing and developing software solutions on embedded computers and mobile platforms (Android, iOS), designing control systems, and developing circuits and circuit components.
The field of built-in and portable computers is a new field separated partly from the field of programming and partly from the field of computer systems, which trains professional specialist engineers to work on the increasingly important segment of small portable and built-in computers. Professional specialist engineers in the field of embedded computers will acquire knowledge of creating and implementing software solutions for control systems and for mobile computers, as well as for creating dedicated connection circuits.
The specialist graduate professional study of information technologies is designed in three groups of courses - core courses, social courses and optional specialist courses.
This approach is in line with the latest knowledge, which aims to train professional specialist engineers for permanent monitoring of the progress of information technologies.
Core courses are basic courses in advanced computing, and are divided into basic computer science courses (discrete mathematics, languages and automata, mathematical logic) and systems-oriented courses (statistics, numerical modeling, operational research).
Basic computer science courses are recommended for Software Engineering and Information Systems majors.
Systems-oriented courses are recommended for Computer Systems and Embedded and Portable Computers.
In each semester with classes, the student chooses one core course from the two courses offered. The choice of major is not binding for the core courses, but the previous study program is taken into account.
Social courses provide a broader education for students in the fields of social sciences and humanities. In each semester with classes, the student chooses one social course out of two.
Through optional specialist courses, the contents of which are improved according to the requirements of the profession, each generation of students gets the opportunity to master specific modern technologies and realize the possibility of inclusion in the work process without additional training.
The major is defined by the choice of specialist courses of the major with the advice and approval of the mentor, that is, by the choice of two mandatory elective courses of the major and two elective courses that are not defined by the major in each semester with classes. The student enrolls in twelve of the twenty-five specialist courses offered, of which six courses are determined by the chosen measure.
Students enroll, prepare and publicly defend a thesis worth 30 ECTS.
- 18 courses (100% of study courses, 90 ECTS, 100% ECTS):
- 3 core courses (16.67% of study courses, 18 ECTS, 20.00% ECTS)
- 3 social courses (16.67% of study courses, 12 ECTS, 13.33% ECTS)
- 12 specialist courses (66.66% of study courses, 60 ECTS, 66.66% ECTS)
- graduation thesis (30 ECTS)
You can see a detailed list of courses and their program in the detailed study program plan of the Specialist Graduate Professional Study of Information Technologies.
I. II. i III. semester
Elective core course**
IElective social course**
Elective major course***
Elective major course***
* lectures + exercises
***choose one of the offered subjects
***choose at least two of the offered subjects
****choose freely from any major
The professional graduate study of information technologies for full-time students lasts 2 years (4 semesters) with an average annual load of 60 ECTS and a weekly load of 24 hours of classes.
Part-time students take the same program. The study for part-time students lasts 2 and a half years (5 semesters), with the fact that the courses of the first three semesters of regular studies can be taken in four semesters with an average annual load of 45 ECTS and a weekly load of 20 hours of classes. In this way, the weekly workload drops from an average of 24 to 20 hours, so employed students can follow lectures and do exercises.
Full-time students enroll in the graduation thesis in the fourth semester, and part-time students in the fifth. Alternatively, part-time students can listen to the program with a full load, and finish it within the deadline together with full-time students.
The academic year starts in September and has two semesters, winter and summer. Each semester lasts 15 weeks. There are three exam periods, two after each semester, winter in February, summer in June, and autumn after the summer holidays.
Classes for full-time students are organized from Monday to Friday, in the morning and afternoon.
Classes for part-time students are organized from Monday to Friday, exclusively in the afternoon (between 4:45 p.m. and 9:35 p.m.).
The duration of one lesson is 45 minutes. One ECTS credit represents 30 hours of total student work.
The undergraduate professional study as well as the graduate professional study of information technologies is based on the active participation of students in all forms of teaching (lectures, auditory exercises, laboratory exercises, seminars and consultations). Students study independently, study literature, prepare for laboratory exercises, write seminar papers, hold presentations, work in the laboratory, perform professional practice, participate in projects, write final and diploma theses.
The active participation of students in all types of teaching activities is supported by the evaluation of activities and recognition in part of the exam, the passing of task and knowledge tests during classes with the possibility of obtaining a final course grade, and control of class attendance.
The goal of students' active participation in classes is to complete their studies within the stipulated time with the highest possible level of knowledge achieved for the chosen course and pace of study.
The basic obligation of the student is to master the knowledge and skills provided for in the program, which is demonstrated by successfully passing the knowledge test, writing a thesis and public defense of the thesis (graduation exam).
Conditions for enrollment in the first study year
Completion of an appropriate computer professional or university undergraduate study with a weight of at least 180 ECTS, or another technical study with distinction. Direct enrollment is possible for bachelor's degrees in computing and information technology, as well as bachelor's degrees in information-organizational, mathematical-informatics and informatics sciences. Other bachelor's degrees in technical sciences can enroll in the Specialist graduate professional study of information technologies with distinctions, which will be determined by the school's expert committee.
Conditions for enrollment in the higher study year
The study year is entered as a whole. When enrolling in more than one year, the student is obliged to re-enroll in courses of the current year that he did not pass, and courses in more than one year up to a total load of 60 ECTS for full-time students, or 45 ECTS for part-time students.
When repeating a year, the student must enroll in subjects from previous years that he did not pass, and can only enroll in subjects from the year he is repeating, up to the maximum workload according to the study regime.
The first year of study is entered by students who have completed an undergraduate or professional study with a weight of 180 ECTS in the corresponding profession and have achieved the requirements specified in the Statute in the grading process, and if they have achieved a position in the ranking list according to the enrollment quota for that academic year.
Full-time students enroll in the second study year if they have passed the exams from the first year worth 30 ECTS.
Part-time students enroll in the second year of study if they have passed the exams from the first year worth at least 23 ECTS.
Full-time students enroll in a diploma thesis if they have passed a minimum of 55 ECTS exams. Part-time students enroll in a diploma thesis if they have passed a minimum of 70 ECTS exams
Prerequisites for enrolling in individual subjects or groups of subjects
Prerequisites for enrollment in individual multi-year courses and elective courses are defined in the tables. There are two possible prerequisites, the subject studied and the subject passed. The condition "subject taken" is used when the conditional subject is enrolled in the same study year.
The student must pass all courses, mandatory and optional, set by the study program, in order to complete the study. The student must achieve the prescribed learning outcomes in order to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills, i.e. competencies, needed to enter the labor market.
The evaluation of the achieved learning outcomes from each course is done by monitoring the student's attendance and work at teaching activities (lectures, exercises,...) and by checking knowledge through colloquiums and exams.
Colloquiums are held during the semester and during regular exam periods. Each course has a certain number of colloquiums, and the exam date is announced on the course forum and entered in the class calendar. A student who passes all the colloquiums of a course does not take the exam, and the final grade is formed based on the performance results during the semester and the results of the colloquiums.
Exams and exam deadlines
Exams are taken exclusively on exam dates, which ultimately results in a final grade for each course.
The regular exam period (two sessions 15 days apart) is held at the end of each semester (winter and summer)
The remedial (autumn) term for all winter and summer courses is also organized in two terms, and the last one includes an exam before the committee
If the student is not satisfied with the grade, he should file an appeal within 24 hours after the exam, and in the next 24 hours he is allowed to take the exam before a three-member committee, which cannot be chaired by the teacher whose grade the student is complaining about. The assessment of the teaching committee is final and cannot be appealed.
A student who has not passed an exam from a course by the end of the academic year must re-enroll in that course in the following academic year.
Students complete their studies by passing all exams and defending their final thesis. The overall grade of the study consists of the average of the grades of all exams and the grade of the diploma thesis.
The thesis consists of writing the written part of the thesis, defense of the thesis in front of a three-member committee and an interview with the committee.
The overall evaluation of the thesis consists of the evaluation of the written part of the thesis and the evaluation of the defense of the thesis, which also includes an interview with the committee.
After the successful completion of the studies, the student acquires 120 ECTS credits and the title of expert specialist engineer of information technologies, that is, expert specialist engineer of information technologies.
Specialist professional study with a weight of 120 ECTS and a previous undergraduate or professional study with a weight of 180 ECTS together enable the achievement of a high professional qualification with a weight of 300 ECTS
The IT sector in Croatia and the European Union currently lacks many more people than there are students, and with the digitization of the economy and society, these needs are constantly growing. More than 95% of students who have completed VSITE studies are employed professionally in domestic and foreign companies as programmers, engineers for designing and maintaining computer networks and systems, database designers, web designers, information systems designers. A large number of graduate students, post-graduate students and students in their final years of professional studies easily find a job during their studies through VSITE. According to their experiences, they are able to immediately get involved in the work process, and employers are very satisfied with them. This verified the effort to master, in addition to general, specific professional knowledge of using software tools and computer management procedures during the course of studies. Our most successful students, after completing their studies, become professional assistants in classes and VSITE projects.
Students who have completed the Specialist graduate professional study can enter the labor market or, in accordance with the decisions of the university, they can take the distinction exams for the completion of the graduate university study and enrollment in the postgraduate university study.
Mobility in the continuation of education is foreseen by the general system of Bologna studies, but not by the system of higher education in the Republic of Croatia. Namely, legal regulations do not provide, but neither do they prohibit, the competition of expert engineering specialists for admission to postgraduate university studies, doctoral or specialist. Therefore, it remains for institutions of higher education to regulate, based on legal regulations, the admission to postgraduate study of those talented scientists who did not obtain the title of Master of Science in undergraduate studies. Thus, interested professional specialists and information technology engineers will be able to compete for admission to postgraduate study according to the regulations of the institutions that organize the study.
Parallel mobility towards the completion of a university degree is also not foreseen, as it is about the same level of education. However, it is possible that expert specialist IT engineers will compete for admission to the appropriate graduate university studies, and depending on the institution's policy, they will be granted admission, and part of the passed subjects will be recognized.
Previous experiences have shown that VSITE students can successfully continue their education at foreign universities. Our most successful students become collaborators in VSITE's classes and projects after completing their studies.