Course concept

English-taught semesters, what are they?

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An English-taught semester is a coherent package of course units which a Howest Bachelor programme offers in English, as an option for semester exchange , to incoming students from its partner universities abroad, and as a study abroad option to other international students.

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Course overview

INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEER FOUNDATION 30 ECTS
Windows
Acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a Windows Server infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment
6 ECTS
Linux
Gain understanding of the architecture of a Linux system; have the ability to perform maintenance tasks on the command line, install and configure a computer running Linux and configure basic networking, have the ability to administer small to medium–sized mixed networks
6 ECTS
Network infrastructure
Master the knowledge of foundational technologies and the skill set needed for the adoption of next generation technologies.
6 ECTS
Virtualisation and cloud computing infrastructure
At the end of the course, you will have the skills required to successfully install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere 6 environments.
6 ECTS
Project III Industry project  
Carry out a real-life team project from start to finish within the set time frame.
6 ECTS

 

OPTIONAL EVENING COURSE 3 ECTS
English for exchange students
This English course provides exchange students with an intensive training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible. The course aims at the B2 proficiency level and uses the IELTS methodology. We strongly recommended it to all exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we still see the course as a useful immersion experience.
3 ECTS

Course Unit Descriptions for All English-taught semester programmes

(if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)

  • Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
  • Next to ‘Opleiding’ select the name of your programme
  • For the IoT Infrastructure Engineer ET semester, please refer to below image to help you find the relevant course descriptions. You can get a clear idea from 2019-2020. Please check for 2020-2021 when it is available.
     

Course content

Each course is 6 ECTS (=150 hours of work) with 48 course hours in total (= 4h per week in class/coaching). 

Windows 6 ECTS

  • End goal / Have the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a Windows Server infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. (Level of MS Official curriculum Courses (MOC) 70-410 & 70-411)
  • Themes (*) / Install and configure servers - Configure server roles and features - Configure Hyper-V - Deploy and configure core network services - Install and administer Active Directory - Create and manage Group Policy - Deploy, manage, and maintain servers - Configure File and Print Services - Configure network services and access - Configure a Network Policy Server (NPS) infrastructure - Configure and manage Active Directory - Configure and manage Group Policy
  • Software / VM Workstation; VMware vsphere client
  • Additional hardware / External hdd for VM’s; network cable

Linux 6 ECTS

  • End goal / Understand the architecture of a Linux system; have the ability to perform maintenance tasks on the command line, install and configure a computer running Linux and configure basic networking, have the ability to administer small to medium–sized mixed networks (Level of LPIC 1 & 2)
  • Themes (*) / Install and maintain a Linux workstation, including X11 and setup it up as a network client - Work at the Linux command line, including common GNU and Unix commands - Handle files and access permissions as well as system security - Perform easy maintenance tasks: help users, add users to a larger system, backup and restore, shutdown and reboot - Perform advanced system administration, including common tasks regarding the Linux kernel, system startup and maintenance - Perform advanced management of block storage and file systems as well as advanced networking and authentication and system security, including firewall and VPN - Install and configure fundamental network services, including DHCP, DNS, SSH, Web servers, file servers using FTP, NFS and Samba, email delivery - Supervise assistants and advise management on automation and purchases.
  • Software / Putty.exe; VM Workstation; VMware vsphere client
  • Additional hardware / External hdd for VM’s; network cable

Network infrastructure 6 ECTS

  • End goal / Have the knowledge of foundational technologies and the skill set needed for the adoption of next generation technologies. (Level CCNA routing & switching)
  • Themes (*) / TCP/IP networking (IPv4/IPv6 addressing, subnetting, routing) - LAN/WAN technologies - Layer-2/layer-3 switching - SDN and cloud computing - Network troubleshooting
  • Software / Putty.exe; Hyperterminal; Tftpd64; Winscp; Wireshark; Cisco Packet Tracer; VM Workstation

Virtualisation and cloud computing infrastructure 6 ECTS

  • End goal / You have the skills required to successfully install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere 6 environments. (You will have the expertise needed to take the VCP certification exam.)
  • Themes (*) / Plan, install, configure and upgrade vCenter Server and VMware ESXi 6.X - Configure vSphere Networking and vSphere Storage - Perform basic troubleshooting and alarm management for VMware ESXi hosts and VMs - Configure and administer vSphere availability solutions - Administer and manage vSphere virtual machines - Deploy and consolidate large-scale vSphere data center
  • Software / VMware, [MS Hyper_V (optional)]

Project III Industry project 6 ECTS

  • End goal / Carry out a real-life team project from start to finish within the set time frame. Qualitative deliverables and professional conduct are essential to pass this module. (Important: given the specific nature of this module a second session is not possible.) Get a taste of working in the real world within your field of expertise: you get the responsibility to work with MCT partners on an interesting and innovative project. The client explains the problem and it is up to you and your (small) team to come up with a solution that suits the needs. As a team player you are responsible for setting and maintaining deadlines, consult and think with your client (and his / her end customers), motivate and document your (technological) choices after deliberation with your client and naturally also build the solution you pitch to your client.

Orientation week & buddies

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We organise a fulltime orientation week before the start of the actual lessons. We warmly recommend all incoming students to attend it, since it will offer you the opportunity to:

  • get to know the other incoming students and the locals through fun team building & other activities
  • get to know Howest and the campus(es) where you will spend your semester/year
  • explore the Howest cities Bruges & Kortrijk together with our local students and dive into student life
  • discover some Belgian cultural treasures through student-friendly sightseeing trips to our most beautiful art cities like Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, …
  • get loads of practical tips from our students while getting installed in your student room

Howest does not charge any participation fee for the orientation week, but students do need to pay for their own expenses, such as a couple of train trips, some entrance fees and your own food & drinks. Prices are kept as low as possible and as close to 100 euro total as possible.

The estimated price for the orientation week in 2020-21 (for under 26y) is about €53 for the train tickets and €47 for the excursions, to be paid in cash at the start of the orientation week.

Dates of the Orientation Week:

  • Autumn Semester: 14 – 18 September 2020
  • Spring Semester: 1- 5 February 2021

You'll also have a Howest buddy or two to welcome you and show you around! For more information about buddies, click here.

Prerequisites

Minimum 2 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 60 ECTS in a Bachelor in Computer Sciences.

In this semester prior knowledge and experience is obligatory:

  • Network basics (level of CCNA routing & switching: module 1: introduction to networking)
  • Basic Windows 10 knowledge
  • Basic Linux (Debian) knowledge

You will get an invite to do an online test so the teachers can help you prepare better in case you have some gaps in your prior knowledge We want you to be successful!

Recommended (not obliged) project management experience (eg: WBS, SCRUM, Waterfall, ...)

 

All students should bring their own laptop, with the following minimum requirements: 8GB RAM memory, i5 processor with VTX and a 64-bit architecture. You can use your preferred operating system: Windows, Linux or Mac OS X.

More details can be found on www.howest.be/laptops/

The course overview above mentions any specific software necessary for the course unit. Howest applies a very strict policy on the use of legal software.

Click here for Howest language expectations.

Non-exchange students can only attend the English-taught semester as a Postgraduate course and need to have completed at least a full Bachelor degree programme at the time they start the semester course at Howest.

Timing and location

The course takes place in Kortrijk.

Our Spring semester runs from 1 February to 2 July 2021.

Classes start on the 8 February, but all newly arriving incoming students are expected on Monday, 1 February, for our fulltime Orientation Week. From 05/04/2021 - 17/04/2021 there is a two-week Easter Holiday.

The examination period starts on 24 May. From 21 June to 2 July there are feedback sessions for students.

The Howest 2nd chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department, a 2nd chance exam can be taken by the end of the 2nd  exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department.

Address of the campus

Howest Kortrijk
Graaf Karel de Goedelaan 5, Kortrijk, Belgium

 

Opleiding / Dienst