The Bachelor's program in Applied Computer Science offers the opportunity to apply methodological knowledge of computer science in an engineering field. The reduced range of elective modules, compared to the Bachelor's program in Computer Science, allows for a stronger focus on application areas.
The program is divided into courses in the areas of software, hardware, systems, and formal fundamentals, as well as electives. Students learn, among other things, to develop software, understand computer architectures, stay up-to-date on operating systems, computer networks, databases, and distributed systems, and employ theoretical fundamentals of mathematics for the efficient solution of practical problems.
Students can choose from a large catalogue of compulsory elective and elective modules according to their interests. In addition, they can decide on an application subject. Options include electrical engineering, logistics, mechanical engineering, robotics, and service-oriented computer science, among others. Individual application fields are also possible. The application subject prepares the way for a successful start in professional life, as graduates will be able to employ the competences acquired through study in an interdisciplinary setting. Complementary knowledge is gained through modules in business and economics.
There are two sides to computer science: its methods and the application of these methods. You should bring the two sides together in proportion. Tasks encountered in technology and business, in the natural sciences, or in the social sciences need to be analyzed, abstracted, and finally realized in the form of a feasible solution. For this you need good comprehension and an interest in a constant succession of new practical problems, a capacity for abstraction, and an interest for and understanding of formal methods (similar to mathematics), as well as the ability to plan and oversee large systems and processes.
A general university entrance qualification (Abitur) is required. Attending a computer science course during school is NOT a requirement.
Notwithstanding these formal aspects, special focuses in school such as in-depth study of mathematics or scientific subjects are undoubtedly good prerequisites for success in studying Computer Science. In particular, though, an essential precondition for success in this program is enthusiasm for computer science, and for formally analyzing problems and finding practical solutions.
The career prospects after studying Computer Science (Computer Science and Applied Computer Science alike) are among the best of all subjects – even right after completing the Bachelor's degree. The reason for this is the extraordinary penetration of IT systems into nearly all areas of life and business. As a result, the demand for computer scientists is extremely high. Also noteworthy is the fact that these jobs are relatively independent of the ups and downs of business cycles.
Against the background of highly dynamic technological change, a comprehensive, methodologically oriented education in Computer Science – which does not disregard applications yet is independent of any particular short-lived, fashionable trends – gains an essential importance.
Graduates in Dortmund will find it easy to start their professional lives, not least because of the variety of attractive employers in the neighboring technology park and more generally because of the international visibility of the IT scene in the region.
You can use the knowledge imparted in lectures not only in exercise groups, but also in the internships that are integrated into the curriculum. In the software internship, you will take on challenging projects in a work group to gain valuable experience in programming and build competences such as teamwork and project management. The specialist project, too, deals with demanding tasks that are worked on within the group.
This Bachelor's program is followed consecutively by the Master's program in Applied Computer Science. It is also possible to switch to the Master's program in Computer Science.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.