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Profile of a UTFSM Informatics Graduate

  • Contributes to the formulation of global organizational strategies and considers information technologies and people as relevant actors.
  • Formulates, develops, and manages IT projects oriented to innovation and entrepreneurship, and demonstrates multidisciplinary team work capabilities.
  • Makes decisions under certain, risky, and uncertain scenarios, using quantitative techniques to support those decisions.
  • Develops, implements and maintains software systems that are reliable, efficient, and feasible.
  • Analyzes and understands computer operations, including hardware, operating systems, digital communication, and distributed systems.
  • Analyzes computer driven problems, designs algorithms, and programs solutions using the right tools in terms of programming language and data structure.
  • Applies theoretical and algorithmic fundamentals to solve computational problems efficiently.

Electives and Extra-Curricular Courses

Elective courses make our curriculum flexible to evolve with the technological advances of the discipline, to allow students to specialize in their own interests. This includes exchanges with other domestic and international universities, and postgraduate courses. There are two types of electives: those in-depth in IT fields (IT Electives I to IV), and those which are open to other disciplines, programs or universities (Electives I to IV). To take elective courses, the second year should be completed with all passing grades.

Extra-curricular courses and activities develop soft skills. They promote the development of well-rounded professionals as well as provide recognition of special interest activities that students perform for their own benefit. The activities can be special courses or workshops from the Informatics Department, or from another academic entity (Humanities Department, Sports and Recreation Department, other institutions). Extra-curricular credit will be granted for such activities, as long as these activities develop soft skills.

Internships and Graduation

Students must complete 4 months of work (or 720 hours) in two internships. The first internship is called Industrial, and the second one is called Professional.

The Industrial Internship aims to introduce students to a real work environment experience, or to perform a real contribution to the community (social internship). The Professional Internship aims to provide a pre-professional work experience in an organization (including companies, institutions, research centers, etc.) or in an entrepreneur activity. An Informative Internship Process conference is performed during the second semester, to clarify details of the process. It is important for student to participate in this conference.

The graduation process includes two courses. Graduation Project 1 aims to define the project. Graduation Project 2 aims to develop and complete the project. The project is comprised of a written document and its defense in an oral examination in front of a committee. As an innovation, a student can choose to further develop projects performed in the IT Project Management, or IT Project Development Workshop, courses that leads to the Software Fair.

English Language

Students will take an online Diagnostic Test in English during the first year. Students will be assigned required English courses based on the results of this test.
They can use up to 6 extra-curricular courses and up to two electives to fulfill this requirement.

Before graduation, the student must obtain at least 550 points in the TOEIC examination. An additional English course is required if this score is not achieved.

The English courses are taught by the Humanities Department; students register via SIGA. Transfer equivalencies will be determined by the Department Chair.

Program Assessment Testing

Assessment Tests for the “Bachillerato” and the Bachelor’s Degree programs are taken at the beginning of the academic year. Their purpose is to assess the development of student competencies. These assessments allow the Faculty to systematically review the curriculum, and to identify opportunities for improvements.

The results of the assessment tests do not impact the progress of the students.

The assessment test of the “Bachillerato” is taken after students have completed all second year courses. The one for the Bachelor Degree, after the fourth year. It doesn’t matter if all the courses have or not been passed by the students.