Internet Science and Technology (IST) focuses on improving the interaction between people and/or automated processes over time and distance through the application of information and communication technology. IST lays the foundation for connecting today's demanding users worldwide. Ever increasing bandwidth, growing mobility, new applications every day, a variety of standards having to work together without problems: these all are challenges for the IST expert.
In order to meet these challenges, the IST expert needs knowledge about and insight in a broad range of topics: fixed/wired and mobile/wireless networking technologies; design methods and performance evaluation tools; network management and security issues; and of course services and applications.
The Internet Science and Technology programme has the following general scientific attainment levels. These describe the general academic skills (not specific to Internet Science and Technology) that a student acquires in the programme.
- Graduates have an extensive knowledge of and understand the issues relevant to their specific field of study (i.e. domain specific attainment targets) described in the Internet Science and Technology-specific attainment targets:
- Graduates can contribute to scientific research, and independently design, conduct and present the results of small-scale research.
- Graduates can provide an original contribution to the development and/or application of the field of study. ‘Original’ is understood to mean ‘demonstrative of a creative contribution’.
- Graduates can analyze complex problems (change problems) relevant to the field of study and obtain the required knowledge and information.
- Graduates can design, validate and implement solutions/systems in their operational context; identify and apply relevant advanced knowledge, methods and techniques from their field of study.
- Graduates can assess solutions/systems and their applications according to their properties and potential to solve problems even if they are new to or unfamiliar with the situation or lack information and/or reliable information; they can use their assessment as a basis for (substantiation of) decisions.
- Graduates understand the ethical, social, cultural and public aspects of problems and solutions in their field of study; apply this insight in their international role as scholar.
- Graduates can work as part of and play a leading role in a team; manage and plan a development process; document development and research processes.
- Graduates can substantiate research results, designs and applications in writing and verbally; critically assess and participate in debates regarding the same.
- Graduates can independently acquire new knowledge and skills; reflect on trends in their field of study, responsibilities and roles and use this insight as a guide for and integrate it into their own personal development.
- Graduates can integrate information from other disciplines into their own work if necessary.
- Graduates take a critical approach to reading, incorporating information presented in and participating in debates regarding international scientific literature relevant to their field of study.
The qualification under ‘1’ in the preceding section, that graduates command a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of Internet Science and Technology, is demonstrated by their ability to:
M-IST 1: graduates have thorough knowledge about and understanding of both wired and wireless communication devices, networks and systems, in terms of both key principles and contemporary technologies.
M-IST 2: graduates can design and evaluate wired and wireless communication devices, networks and systems; in doing so, they can take into account both detailed aspects of the individual components, and system-wide aspects such as security and management.
M-IST 3: graduates can quantitatively evaluate the performance of networked systems, and judge their formal correctness, using both analytical methods and computer tools.
M-IST 4: graduates have practical experience conducting research and/or doing design work in a sub-field of networked systems, can follow trends in the field and contribute to its further development.