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Academy Profession in Computer Science

Curriculum framework

This is a translated version of the Danish curriculum. In case of any discrepancies between this curriculum and the Danish curriculum, the text in the Danish curriculum applies.

Act no. 1343 of 10th December 2019 on Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Lov om erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser).

Ministerial Order on Technical and Mercantile Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om tekniske og merkantile erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser).

Ministerial Order on Admission to and Enrolment on Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om adgang til erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser). 

Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om prøver og eksamen i erhvervsrettede videregående uddannelser).

Ministerial Order on the Grading Scale and Other Forms of Assessment of Study Programmes Offered under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (the Grading Scale Order) (Bekendtgørelse om karakterskala og anden bedømmelse ved uddannelser på Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriets område).

  • Effective date and transition rules

    Effective date

    1 August 2019 

    Transitional arrangements

    For students admitted to the program up until the spring of 2019, the examination regulations of the 2015 curriculum will apply. For anyone admitted from August 2019, this curriculum will apply.

  • Graduate Title

    Graduates are entitled to use the title AP Graduate in Computer Science. The Danish title is Datamatiker AK.

  • Programme purpose, duration and level

    The programme has a nominal length of study equivalent to 150 ECTS credits comprising:

    1) Programme elements with a total scope of 120 ECTS credits and organised within the academic areas of the programme.

    2) Internship with a total scope of 15 ECTS credits.

    3) Final exam project of 15 ECTS credit.

    The purpose of the academy profession programme in information technology is to qualify the graduate to independently analyse, plan and implement solutions relating to innovation, further development and integration of IT systems in private and public companies, nationally and internationally.

Subject areas

The programme elements are organised within the following subject areas, which comprise a total of 120 ECTS credits weighted in the ratio of 3:6:11:4.

1) The Business: The subject area involves an understanding of how to develop and integrate IT solutions in a business and its processes. This includes the implementation of new business forms such as E-business and the risks associated with new solutions, for example in relation to IT security. The subject area also deals with innovation and change management as well as planning and management of IT projects.

2) Systems Development: The subject area involves various methods for the analysis, design and documentation of IT solutions. In addition, the subject area includes the use of patterns and design principles as well as applicability and quality assurance of functionality, data and the user interface.

3) Programming: The subject area involves an understanding of programming with a focus on various languages, techniques and areas of application. The subject area deals with algorithms, architecture as well as more specific conditions such as concurrency, distributed programming and database programming. Focus is on the use of practice-orientated development environments, program development, documentation and testing.

4) Technology: The subject area involves an understanding of the technological foundation of IT systems, including operating systems, networks and database systems. The subject area also deals with synchronisation of multiple users and security in distributed systems.

  • Programme Intended Learning Goals

    The programme’s intended learning outcome:

    Knowledge 

    The graduate has: 

    • development-based knowledge about applied practice, theory and method in relation to soft ware development and of relevance to the profession
    • understanding of fundamental company operations in relation to systems development 
    • understanding of the technological concepts and the technological platform of computer systems in relation to programming, error tracing and commissioning.

    Skills 

    The graduate is able to: 

    • apply key approaches and tools characteristic of this discipline to methodically identify requirements to IT systems, comprising assessment of whether the requirements are feasible within the set framework
    • apply up-to-date programming techniques and tools for software building, including ensure the quality of the developed product, as is relevant for the profession
    • present the work carried out and communicate practice-oriented problems and solutions in a form that renders the documentation useful for partners and users
    • apply relevant knowledge in connection with systems development, programming and commissioning
    • apply the skills associated with professional practice to systematically perform error tracing and error repairs in connection with IT systems
    • assess practice-related problems in relation to computer systems and select solution options
       

    Competencies  

    The graduate is able to: 

    • manage a process for development of a system applying up-to-date methods, techniques and tools  
    • participate in a technical and multidisciplinary cooperation and project work developing software with a professional approach and participate in the development of the practical aspects of software development
    • in a structured context acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to the IT industry, including domain knowledge and technological knowledge and application of new methods, techniques and tools. 

Admission

Admission to the programme is in accordance with the rules of the admission order.

Programme elements

  • Local programme elements

    Local programme elements make up 30 ECTS of the programme. Local programme elements are offered as electives at KEA.

  • Learning goals for the internship and length of internship

    The internship is organised so as to contribute to the student’s developing practical competencies in combination with the programme’s other elements. The objective of the internship is to enable the student to apply the methods, theories and tools taught by the programme and thereby address specific practical assignments within the scope of information technology.

    Number of ECTS credits

    15 ECTS

    Learning objectives

    Knowledge

    The student has:

    • knowledge and understanding of the day-to-day operation of the internship company, especially in relation to the tasks carried out during the internship.

    Skills

    The student is able to:

    • apply versatile technical and analytical approaches associated with employment within this industry
    • assess practice-oriented issues and suggest solutions
    • communicate practice-oriented issues and well-argued solutions.

    Competencies

    The student is able to:

    • handle development-oriented practical and professional situations in relation to the profession
    • manage the structuring and planning of daily work tasks in the profession 
    • participate in professional and interdisciplinary cooperation with a professional approach
    • acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to the profession

    The internship completes with an exam.
    The learning outcomes for this exam are identical to the learning outcomes for the internship.

  • Rules on internship

    The internship is a mandatory education element and an active participation is a premise in order to pass the internship.

    The internship equates to 15 or 30 ECTS points, equal to 10 or 20 weeks full time internship. The working hours have to be 37 hours per week. The internship is unpaid.

    If you cannot work the 37 hours a week you have to in the internship period because of documented health reasons, you can apply for an exemption to work fewer hours per day for an extended period, so your internship still has a weighting of 15 or 30 ECTS points.

    Following forms of internship are possible at KEA:

    • Workplace internship in Denmark or abroad.
    • Entrepreneurial Internship in your own business.

    Before the start of the internship, you have to fill out and send in KEAs internship contract and the work content should be approved as relevant for the study programme by KEA.

    The internship is a learning process with associated guidance, reflection and evaluation.

    If the internship takes place at a workplace, there must be an employee in the company, who can provide you with relevant professional sparring.

    If you choose entrepreneurial internship in your own business, you must find a relevant and external contact who can be your mentor.

    Students who chooses entrepreneurial internship in your own business cannot have other students at KEA as interns at their business.

    As a student, you are responsible for contacting potential internship companies and concluding an internship agreement before the internship period starts. KEA will however support you in the searching process.

    • All students will be assigned an internship supervisor who is a teacher from your programme. The supervisor can help you with subject-specific questions about the internship.
    • KEA has an internship coordinator who can help you with practical questions about the internship.
    • KEA mediates internship opportunities at www.jobportal.kea.dk/en/ and at career fairs.
    • You can join KEA's mentor arrangement. KEA's mentors are working KEA alumni, and they can guide you in relation to your internship search.
    • You can find further information about the internship and the search for an internship place at mit.kea.dk/en/internship.

    The internship completes with an exam. The exam is assessed according to the 7-point grading scale.

    The rules above do not apply on the bachelor’s programme in Optometry. The rules for the bachelor’s programme in Optometry can be found in the section ‘Learning goals for the internship and length of internship’ in the programmes curriculum.

  • Teaching and learning methods

    Teaching in Computer science is a dynamic, interactive process that focuses on active student participation. Teaching is based on relevant business practices and relates practice to theory. Issues from the various types of business in the IT industry will be drawn upon. Students take responsibility for their own learning, and together with the teachers, they contribute constructively to the learning process.

    Various teaching methods are employed in the Computer science programme to ensure optimum professional learning and personal development. The emphasis is on dialogues, discussions and project work.

    Teaching is organised as a mix of classroom teaching, guest lectures, company visits, project work in groups and individual work – most often with interdisciplinary issues and always from an application-oriented starting point. The different types of learning, together with the academic content, will also help develop the student's ability to work independently and together with others.

    The programme always seeks to set clear objectives for the learning activities.

    Teaching can be organised so as to include teaching material and teaching in a foreign language.

    Differentiated teaching

    Teaching is organised as a mix of classroom teaching, guest lectures, company visits, project work in groups and individual work – most often with interdisciplinary issues and always from an application-oriented starting point. The different types of learning, together with the academic content, will also help develop the student's ability to work independently and together with others.

    The programme always seeks to set clear objectives for the learning activities.

Internationalisation

Upon approval by the programme of an application for a pre-approved credit transfer, each individual programme element may be completed abroad.

In case of pre-approval of a period of study abroad, the student is obliged, after completing the period of study, to document the programme elements completed during the approved period of study. Upon obtaining the pre-approval, the student must consent to the institution requesting the necessary information after the student has completed the period of study.

If a credit transfer is granted, programme elements are deemed to have been completed if they have been passed in accordance with the rules applicable to the programme.

Agreements with foreign educational institutions on parallel courses

No Double Degree agreements exist

Compulsory Exam Registration

Commencement of a semester is automatic registration for its associated exams. It is not possible to unregister programme exams, cf. the Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes, section 5(4).

Programme exams

1 Term

First year exam part 1: Programming - External

Programming
15 ECTS Oral exam
2 Term
3 Term

Third semester exam part 2: Technology 2 - Internal

Technology 2
10 ECTS Oral exam

Third semester exam part 3: Programming 2 - Internal

Programming 2
10 ECTS Oral exam
4 Term

Elective exam - Internal

Elective
30 ECTS
5 Term

Internship exam - Internal

Internship
15 ECTS Written exam

Final Project - External

Final Project
15 ECTS Combined written and oral exam, project exam
150 ECTS
on the exams

  • Commencement of studies exam

    The commencement of studies exam will be held within the first two months of the first semester.

    The student must pass the commencement of studies exam in order to continue their studies. The exam aims to clarify whether the student has actually started on the programme as well as active enrolment.

    The exam is assessed as pass/fail. If a student does not pass the exam, they have the opportunity to sit a re-exam. If the re-exam is not passed, the student cannot continue their studies and will be disenrolled automatically.

  • First-year exam

    Programming, Systems Development, Technology and Understanding Business

    Prerequisites to taking the exam

    The following requirements apply for the exam:

    12 mandatory activities are associated with the exam. These have been further described on KEA intranet in the semester / team room. The mandatory activities must be submitted through KEA's intranet.

    Non-compliance with one single or several of the formal requirements, or incorrect submission of the first-year project, which constitutes the written part of the exam, means that the student cannot take the exam, and they will have used one exam attempt.

    Exam organisation

    The exam consists of two parts:

    First semester:         First part-exam. External individual oral exam within the program element Programming and assessed according to the 7-point grading scale.

    Second semester:    Second part-exam. External individual oral exam based on a written group project and assessed according to the 7-point grading scale. Students are examined in the four National Programme Elements. A sufficient level must be achieved within each of the four National Programme Elements.

    The group must consist of minimum two and maximum four students.

    Students are given one aggregate grade as an overall assessment of the written and the oral performance.

    The project is presented by the project group, 10 minutes per student, however max. 30 minutes—followed by an individual examination of the group members, 30 minutes each, incl. grading

  • Passing the first-year-exam

    The first-year-exam must be passed before the end of the first year of study in order for the student to continue with the education.

  • Final exam

    The learning objectives for the final exam project are identical to the learning objectives for the degree programme, please see 1.3.

    The final exam project must document the student’s understanding of practice and key applied theories and methods in relation to a practice-oriented issue based on a specific assignment within the area of the programme. The problem statement must be central to the programme and the profession and be prepared by the student, possibly in cooperation with a public or private company. The problem is subject to the institution’s approval.

    The student must submit a project report and, possibly, a product.

    The project report constitutes the written part of the exam. As a minimum the report must comprise:

    • Cover page and title
    • Table of contents
    • Introduction and problem statement
    • Main chapters
    • Conclusion
    • Bibliography (including all sources referenced in the project)
    • Appendices (only appendices essential to the report)

    Project reports written by a single student may total 40 standard pages as a maximum; reports written by several students may total an additional 20 standard pages per student.

    Cover page, table of contents, references and appendices are not included in the required number of pages. Appendices are not subject to assessment.

    A standard page contains 2,400 characters including spaces and footnotes. Cover page, table of contents, bibliography and appendices are not included. Appendices are not subject to assessment.

    Exam in the final exam project

    The final exam project completes the last semester of the degree programme after the student has passed all previous exams.

    ECTS credits

    The final exam project is worth 15 ECTS credits.

    Exam form

    The exam consists of an oral and a written exam with an external co-examiner. Students are given an individual overall grade according to the 7-point grading scale for the written project and the oral performance.

  • Special exam conditions

    Students with physical or mental impairment may apply for special exam arrangements. The application must be submitted no later than four weeks before the exam. Exemptions from the deadline may be granted in the case of sudden health problems. The application must be accompanied by a medical certificate, an opinion from a speech, hearing or dyslexia therapist or an institute for the blind or the like or other documentation for health issues or a specific impairment.

    Students whose native language is not Danish may bring dictionaries to exams where no materials and aids are permitted.

    Applications for permission to bring other materials and aids must be submitted no later than four weeks before the exam.

  • Make up exams

    Make-up exams

    Students who have been unable to complete an exam due to documented illness will be given the opportunity to take the (make-up) exam as soon as possible. If the exam in question is scheduled for the final exam period, students will be given the opportunity to take the exam in the same exam period or immediately thereafter.

    The make-up exam may be identical to the next ordinary exam. Students are responsible for finding out when the (make-up) exam is held.

    Information on the time and place of make-up exams is made available on Fronter, and students are informed via KEA email.

    Illness must be documented with a medical certificate. The institution must have received the medical certificate no later than three working days after the date of the exam. Students who become acutely ill during an exam must document with a medical certificate they were ill on the date in question.

    If illness is not documented in accordance with the above rules, the student will have used one exam attempt.

    Students must pay for the required medical certificates themselves.

    Re-exams

    Students who do not pass an exam or fail to appear at an exam will automatically be registered for the re-exam, provided that they have any exam attempts left. The re-exam may be identical to the next ordinary exam.

    Students are responsible for finding out when the re-exam is held.

    Information on the time and place of re-exams is made available on Fronter, and students are informed via KEA email.

    In special circumstances, for example in connection with documented disabilities, the institution may grant an exemption from the automatic registration for exams.

     

  • Exam cheating and disruptive behaviour

    Cheating at exams will be handled in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes (the Examination Order). 

    Students who cheat at an exam will be expelled from the exam.

    In case of aggravating circumstances, students may be suspended from the institution for a long or short period of time. In such event, students must be issued with a written warning stating that repeated cheating may result in permanent expulsion.

    Cheating includes:

    – Obtaining unlawful help during an exam

    – Providing unlawful help to other students during an exam

    – Presenting other people’s work as one’s own (plagiarism – see www.stopplagiat.nu), see also section 5.15

    – Using own previously assessed work without stating the source, see also section 5.15

    – Using materials and aids not permitted for the exam in question

     

    Expulsion from an exam due to cheating means that the awarded grade will be withdrawn, and the student will have used one exam attempt.

    Students who exhibit disruptive behaviour during an exam may be ordered to leave the exam. In less serious cases, the institution will first warn the students.

Other rules governing the programme

The student is required to participate in the program under the rules given in the curriculum.

  • Rules on compulsory attendance

    The teaching methods of the study require that student should perform all the mandatory activities, including submission/presentation of assignments/projects.

    The mandatory activity may also be a precondition for taking the exams in the programme.

    In addition, attendance may be mandatory for some of the programme elements.

    Mandatory activities and mandatory attendance as prerequisites for an exam will appear from the description of the individual exam.

    To retake an entire semester, a student must be granted an exemption. Exemption to re-take a semester is based on an individual assessment by the student counsellor and the Head of Programme and only when there are compelling personal reasons.

  • Credit transfer

    On a case-by-case basis or by recourse to the rules of the curriculum, KEA approves credit transfers based on completed programme elements and job experience comparable to subjects, programme elements and internships. The decision is based on an academic evaluation.

  • Criteria for the assessment of active enrolment

    The student must take part in student activities, compulsory projects and tasks (mandatory activities), tests and exams in accordance with the conditions described in this curriculum and in applicable laws and regulations. KEA evaluates active enrolment on an ongoing basis.

    Active enrolment requires that student participates in:

    • Project start-up meetings
    • Mandatory meetings with supervisor/teacher
    • Project work, including submissions through KEA’s  intranet or the electronic submission system.
    • Project presentations and assessments
    • Tests and exams as described in this curriculum
    • A number of assignments for each semester. These assignments—mandatory activities—must be approved before the student can sign up for the exams in the semester in question.

    Students who cannot participate in study activities due to documented illness or other acceptable reasons, must immediately contact the Administration for Software development. The Administration will inform the student about the necessary procedures, including the provision of a medical certificate. The student must pay all the costs
     

    Disenrolment due to insufficient study activity

    Enrolment on the programme can be terminated for students who have not passed at least one exam within a consecutive period of at least one year.

  • Excemptions

    In exceptional circumstances, the institution may grant exemptions from the rules in this curriculum that are laid down exclusively by the educational institution.

  • Complaints

    The procedure for filing a complaint about the assessment, the exam process or the exam basis, such as questions, assignments or the like, is outlined below.

    The student must submit a written and reasoned complaint no later than two weeks after the exam. The complaint must be sent to kvalitet@kea.dk.

    The complaint is shown to the examiner and the co-examiner, who issue an opinion. The deadline for issuing this opinion is usually two weeks. The student (the complainant) is then invited to comment on the opinion within a deadline of one week.

    The institution will make its decision based on the complaint, the opinion and any comments. The outcome may be a new exam, a new assessment (in the case of written exams) or dismissal of the complaint. The student will then have two weeks to accept a possible new exam or assessment or to appeal the decision, if he or she has not been successful.

    What can you get out of a complaint ? If KEA rules in favour of your complaint, you will be awarded a re-exam (oral exams) or a reassessment (written exams only). KEA cannot administratively change a grade. If the re-exam or reassessment gives another grade, this grade will be your grade regardless whether it is a higher or a lower grade.

The national part of the curriculum

This curriculum is based on the national curriculum for Academy Profession in Computer Science.
Download the national part of the curriculum