Competences

Under the new EHEA framework, graduates must possess a series of technical competences closely linked to the demands of the professional areas associated with the degree, and a group of generic competences that should be acquired across all disciplines and specialisations.

Competences are a combination of knowledge, skills (intellectual, practical, social, etc), attitudes and values that enable individuals to solve problems and to carry out tasks in a specific academic, professional or social context.  

A detailed description of generic competences defined by the UPC and of specific competences set by FIB are given in the following pages.

Transversal Competences

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

  • Responsable
    JOAN CARLES GIL MARTIN
  • G1
    To know and understand the organization of a company and the sciences which govern its activity; capacity to understand the labour rules and the relation between planning, industrial and business strategies, quality and benefit. To develop creativity, entrepreneur spirit and innovation tendency.
    • G1.1
      To have initiatives and acquire basic knowledge about organizations and to familiarize oneself with the instruments and techniques of generation and management of ideas, which allow solving known problems, and generate opportunities.
    • G1.2
      To have initiatives which generate opportunities, new objects or solutions, with a process and market implementation vision, and to imply other team members in projects which have to be developed (capacity to perform autonomously).
    • G1.3
      To have strong decision-making skills. To use knowledge and strategic skills for the creation and management of projects, apply systematic solutions to complex problems, and design and manage the innovation in the organization. To demonstrate flexibility and professionalism when developing her work.

SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT

  • Responsable
    JOSE M. CABRÉ GARCIA, JOAN CLIMENT VILARÓ
  • G2
    To know and understand the complexity of the economic and social phenomena typical of the welfare society. To be capable of analyse and evaluate the social and environmental impact.
    • G2.1
      To analyse the global situation in a systematic and critic way. To be capable of recognising the social and environmental implications of the professional activity of computer science. To understand the role of engineering as a profession, its role in the society and the ethical and professional responsibility of the technical informatics engineer. To value the compromise with equal opportunities principles, peace culture and democratic values.
    • G2.2
      To apply sustainability criteria and the deontological codes of the profession in the design and evaluation of technological solutions. To identify the necessity to apply the legislation, regulations and normatives, specially the ones affecting the technical informatics engineer profession. To analyse and evaluate the environmental impact of the technical solutions in the ICT field.
    • G2.3
      To take into account the social, economical and environmental dimensions, and the privacy right when applying solutions and carry out project which will be coherent with the human development and sustainability.

THIRD LANGUAGE

  • Responsable
    ANTONIA SOLER CERVERA
  • G3
    To know the English language in a correct oral and written level, and accordingly to the needs of the graduates in Informatics Engineering. Capacity to work in a multidisciplinary group and in a multi-language environment and to communicate, orally and in a written way, knowledge, procedures, results and ideas related to the technical informatics engineer profession.
    • G3.1
      To understand and use effectively handbooks, products specifications and other technical information written in English.
    • G3.2
      To study using resources written in English. To write a report or a technical document in English. To participate in a technical meeting in English.
    • G3.3
      To conduct an oral presentation in English and answer questions from the audience. To work effectively in an international context, communicating orally in English with people of different nationalities.

EFFECTIVE ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

  • Responsable
    DAVID LÓPEZ ÁLVAREZ
  • G4
    To communicate with other people knowledge, procedures, results and ideas orally and in a written way. To participate in discussions about topics related to the activity of a technical informatics engineer.
    • G4.1
      To plan the oral communication, respond properly to the formulated questions and redact texts of a basic level with orthographic and grammatical correction. To structure correctly the contents of a technical report. To select relevant materials to prepare a topic and synthesize the contents. To respond properly when asked.
    • G4.2
      To use strategies to prepare and perform oral presentations and write texts and documents with a coherent content, adequate structure and style and a good orthographic and grammatical level. To perform an oral presentation in front of a limited audience. To choose properly the contents, style, timing and format of the presentation. To be capable of communicating effectively with the user in a non-technical language, and understand its needs.
    • G4.3
      To communicate clearly and efficiently in oral and written presentations about complex topics, becoming adapted to the situation, the type of audience and the communication goals, using the strategies and the adequate means. To analyse, value and respond adequately to the questions of the audience.

TEAMWORK

  • Responsable
    ALICIA MARIA AGENO PULIDO
  • G5
    To be capable to work as a team member, being just one more member or performing management tasks, with the finality of contributing to develop projects in a pragmatic way and with responsibility sense; to assume compromises taking into account the available resources.
    • G5.1
      Capacity to collaborate in a unidisciplinary environment. To identify the objectives of the group and collaborate in the design of the strategy and the working plan to achieve them. To identify the responsibilities of each component of the group and assume the personal compromise of the assigned task. To evaluate and present the own results. To identify the value of the cooperation and exchange information with the other components of the group. To exchange information about the group progress and propose strategies to improve its operation.
    • G5.2
      To plan the objectives, operation rules, responsibilities, agenda and review procedure of the work. To identify conflicts, negotiate and solve them in a effective way. To adapt oneself to different kinds of groups (big/small, technical/mixed, same space/at distance). To interact efficiently and promote the participation with other group members.
    • G5.3
      To identify the roles, skills and weaknesses of the different members of the group. To propose improvements in the group structure. To interact with efficacy and professionalism. To negotiate and manage conflicts in the group. To recognize and give support or assume the leader role in the working group. To evaluate and present the results of the tasks of the group. To represent the group in negotiation involving other people. Capacity to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment. To know and apply the techniques for promoting the creativity.

INFORMATION LITERACY

  • Responsable
    JOSEP FERNÀNDEZ RUZAFA
  • G6
    To manage the acquisition, structuring, analysis and visualization of data and information of the field of the informatics engineering, and value in a critical way the results of this management.
    • G6.1
      To identify the own needs of information and to use the available collections, locations and services to design and execute simple searches suited to the thematic scope. To classify the gathered information and synthesize it. To value the intellectual property and cite properly the sources.
    • G6.2
      After identifying the parts of an academic document and organizing the bibliographic references, to design and execute a good strategy to make an advanced search with specialized information resources, selecting the pertinent information taking into account relevance and quality criteria.
    • G6.3
      To plan and use the necessary information for an academic essay (for example, the final project of the grade) using critical reflection about the used information resources. To manage information in a competent, independent and autonomous way. To evaluate the found information and identify its deficiencies.

AUTONOMOUS LEARNING

  • Responsable
    JOAN ARANDA LÓPEZ
  • G7
    To detect deficiencies in the own knowledge and overcome them through critical reflection and choosing the best actuation to extend this knowledge. Capacity for learning new methods and technologies, and versatility to adapt oneself to new situations.
    • G7.1
      Directed learning: perform the assigned tasks in the planned time, working with the indicated information sources according to the guidelines of the teacher or tutor. To identify the progress and accomplishment grade of the learning goals. To identify strong and weak points.
    • G7.2
      Guided learning: perform assigned tasks according to basic orientations given by the teaching staff; to decide the needed time for each task, including personal contributions and expanding the indicated information sources. Appropriate use of study guides. Capacity to take decisions based on objective criteria (experimental, scientific or simulation available data). Capacity to evaluate your own strong and weak points, and perform consequently.
    • G7.3
      Autonomous learning: capacity to plan and organize personal work. To apply the acquired knowledge when performing a task, in function of its suitability and importance, decide how to perform it and the needed time, and select the most adequate information sources. To identify the importance of establishing and maintaining contacts with students, teacher staff and professionals (networking). To identify information forums about ICT engineering, its advances and its impact in the society (IEEE, associations, etc.).

APPROPIATE ATTITUDE TOWARDS WORK

  • Responsable
    CARME MARTIN ESCOFET
  • G8
    To have motivation to be professional and to face new challenges, have a width vision of the possibilities of the career in the field of informatics engineering. To feel motivated for the quality and the continuous improvement, and behave rigorously in the professional development. Capacity to adapt oneself to organizational or technological changes. Capacity to work in situations with information shortage and/or time and/or resources restrictions.
    • G8.1
      To have a wide vision of the possibilities of the career in the field of informatics engineering. To have a positive and receptive attitude towards the quality in the development of the profession.
    • G8.2
      To be rigorous in the professional development. To be motivated and have a proactive attitude for the quality in the work. Capacity to adapt oneself to organizational or technological changes. Capacity to work in situations with information shortage and/or time and/or resources restrictions.
    • G8.3
      To be motivated for the professional development, to face new challenges and the continuous improvement. To have capacity to work in situations with a lack of information.

REASONING

  • Responsable
    KARINA GIBERT OLIVERAS
  • G9
    Capacity of critical, logical and mathematical reasoning. Capacity to solve problems in her study area. Abstraction capacity: capacity to create and use models that reflect real situations. Capacity to design and perform simple experiments and analyse and interpret its results. Analysis, synthesis and evaluation capacity.
    • G9.1
      Critical, logical and mathematical reasoning capacity. Capacity to understand abstraction and use it properly.
    • G9.2
      Analysis and synthesis capacity, capacity to solve problems in its field, and to interpret the results in a critical way. Abstraction capacity: capacity to create and use models which reflect real situations. Capacity to design and perform simple experiments and to analyse and interpret their results in a critical way.
    • G9.3
      Critical capacity, evaluation capacity.

Technical Competences

COMMON TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES

  • CT1
    To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to informatics and their disciplines of reference.
    • CT1.1A
      To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension about the fundamentals of computer usage and programming, about operating systems, databases and, in general, about computer programs applicable to the engineering.
    • CT1.1B
      To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension about the fundamentals of computer usage and programming. Knowledge about the structure, operation and interconnection of computer systems, and about the fundamentals of its programming.
    • CT1.2A
      To interpret, select and value concepts, theories, uses and technological developments related to computer science and its application derived from the needed fundamentals of mathematics, statistics and physics. Capacity to solve the mathematical problems presented in engineering. Talent to apply the knowledge about: algebra, differential and integral calculus and numeric methods; statistics and optimization.
    • CT1.2B
      To interpret, select and value concepts, theories, uses and technological developments related to computer science and its application derived from the needed fundamentals of mathematics, statistics and physics. Capacity to understand and dominate the physical and technological fundamentals of computer science: electromagnetism, waves, circuit theory, electronics and photonics and its application to solve engineering problems.
    • CT1.2C
      To use properly theories, procedures and tools in the professional development of the informatics engineering in all its fields (specification, design, implementation, deployment and products evaluation) demonstrating the comprehension of the adopted compromises in the design decisions.
  • CT2
    To use properly theories, procedures and tools in the professional development of the informatics engineering in all its fields (specification, design, implementation, deployment and products evaluation) demonstrating the comprehension of the adopted compromises in the design decisions.
    • CT2.1
      To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to apply the principles, methodologies and life cycles of software engineering.
    • CT2.2
      To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to apply the characteristics, functionalities and structure of data bases, allowing an adequate use, design, analysis and implementation of applications based on them.
    • CT2.3
      To design, develop, select and evaluate computer applications, systems and services and, at the same time, ensure its reliability, security and quality in function of ethical principles and the current legislation and normative.
    • CT2.4
      To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to apply the needed tools for storage, processing and access to the information system, even if they are web-based systems.
    • CT2.5
      To design and evaluate person-computer interfaces which guarantee the accessibility and usability of computer systems, services and applications.
  • CT3
    To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the organizational, economic and legal context where her work is developed (proper knowledge about the company concept, the institutional and legal framework of the company and its organization and management)
    • CT3.1
      To understand and explain reasonably the basic economical concepts, the objectives and the instruments of economical politics and their influence in the economical activity.
    • CT3.2
      To know and describe the main processes of the functional areas of a company and the existent links between them, which make possible the coordination and integration in a group.
    • CT3.3
      To be able to find and interpret basic information for evaluating the economic environment of the organization.
    • CT3.4
      To know the basic financial concepts which allow valuing the costs and benefits of a project or different alternatives, monitor a budget, control the cost, etc.
    • CT3.5
      To identify the use possibilities and benefits which can be derived from an application in the different business software typologies and existent ICT services.
    • CT3.6
      To demonstrate knowledge about the ethical dimension of the company: in general, the social and corporative responsibility and, concretely, the civil and professional responsibilities of the informatics engineer.
    • CT3.7
      To demonstrate knowledge about the normative and regulation of informatics in a national, European and international scope.
  • CT4
    To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to apply the basic algorithmic procedures of the computer science technologies to design solutions for problems, analysing the suitability and complexity of the algorithms.
    • CT4.1
      To identify the most adequate algorithmic solutions to solve medium difficulty problems.
    • CT4.2
      To reason about the correction and efficiency of an algorithmic solution.
    • CT4.3
      To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to apply the fundamental principles and the basic techniques of the intelligent systems and its practical application.
  • CT5
    To analyse, design, build and maintain applications in a robust, secure and efficient way, choosing the most adequate paradigm and programming languages.
    • CT5.1
      To choose, combine and exploit different programming paradigms, at the moment of building software, taking into account criteria like ease of development, efficiency, portability and maintainability.
    • CT5.2
      To know, design and use efficiently the most adequate data types and data structures to solve a problem.
    • CT5.3
      To design, write, test, refine, document and maintain code in an high level programming language to solve programming problems applying algorithmic schemas and using data structures.
    • CT5.4
      To design the programs¿ architecture using techniques of object orientation, modularization and specification and implementation of abstract data types.
    • CT5.5
      To use the tools of a software development environment to create and develop applications.
    • CT5.6
      To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to apply the fundamental principles and basic techniques of parallel, concurrent, distributed and real-time programming.
  • CT6
    To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension about the internal operation of a computer and about the operation of communications between computers.
    • CT6.1
      To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to manage and maintain computer systems, services and applications.
    • CT6.2
      To demonstrate knowledge, comprehension and capacity to evaluate the structure and architecture of computers, and the basic components that compound them.
    • CT6.3
      To demonstrate knowledge about the characteristics, functionalities and structure of the Operating Systems allowing an adequate use, management and design, as well as the implementation of applications based on its services.
    • CT6.4
      To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to apply the characteristics, functionalities and structure of the Distributed Systems and Computer and Internet Networks guaranteeing its use and management, as well as the design and implementation of application based on them.
  • CT7
    To evaluate and select hardware and software production platforms for executing applications and computer services.
    • CT7.1
      To demonstrate knowledge about metrics of quality and be able to use them.
    • CT7.2
      To evaluate hardware/software systems in function of a determined criteria of quality.
    • CT7.3
      To determine the factors that affect negatively the security and reliability of a hardware/software system, and minimize its effects.
  • CT8
    To plan, conceive, deploy and manage computer projects, services and systems in every field, to lead the start-up, the continuous improvement and to value the economical and social impact.
    • CT8.1
      To identify current and emerging technologies and evaluate if they are applicable, to satisfy the users needs.
    • CT8.2
      To assume the roles and functions of the project manager and apply, in the organizations field, the techniques for managing the timing, cost, financial aspects, human resources and risk.
    • CT8.3
      To demonstrate knowledge and be able to apply appropriate techniques for modelling and analysing different kinds of decisions.
    • CT8.4
      To elaborate the list of technical conditions for a computers installation fulfilling all the current standards and normative.
    • CT8.5
      To manage and solve problems and conflicts using the capacity to generate alternatives or future scenarios analysed properly, integrating the uncertainty aspects and the multiple objectives to consider.
    • CT8.6
      To demonstrate the comprehension of the importance of the negotiation, effective working habits, leadership and communication skills in all the software development environments.
    • CT8.7
      To control project versions and configurations.

Technical Competences of each Specialization

COMPUTER ENGINEERING SPECIALIZATION

  • CEC1
    To design and build digital systems, including computers, systems based on microprocessors and communications systems.
    • CEC1.1
      To design a system based on microprocessor/microcontroller.
    • CEC1.2
      To design/configure an integrated circuit using the adequate software tools.
  • CEC2
    To analyse and evaluate computer architectures including parallel and distributed platforms, and develop and optimize software for these platforms.
    • CEC2.1
      To analyse, evaluate, select and configure hardware platforms for the development and execution of computer applications and services.
    • CEC2.2
      To program taking into account the hardware architecture, using assembly language as well as high-level programming languages.
    • CEC2.3
      To develop and analyse software for systems based on microprocessors and its interfaces with users and other devices.
    • CEC2.4
      To design and implement system and communications software.
    • CEC2.5
      To design and implement operating systems.
  • CEC3
    To develop and analyse hardware and software for embedded and/or very low consumption systems.
    • CEC3.1
      To analyse, evaluate and select the most adequate hardware and software platform to support embedded and real-time applications.
    • CEC3.2
      To develop specific processors and embedded systems; to develop and optimize the software of these systems. 
  • CEC4
    To design, deploy, administrate and manage computer networks, and manage the guarantee and security of computer systems.
    • CEC4.1
      To design, deploy, administrate and manage computer networks.
    • CEC4.2
      To demonstrate comprehension, to apply and manage the guarantee and security of computer systems.

COMPUTER SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION

  • CCO1
    To have an in-depth knowledge about the fundamental principles and computations models and be able to apply them to interpret, select, value, model and create new concepts, theories, uses and technological developments, related to informatics.
    • CCO1.1
      To evaluate the computational complexity of a problem, know the algorithmic strategies which can solve it and recommend, develop and implement the solution which guarantees the best performance according to the established requirements.
    • CCO1.2
      To demonstrate knowledge about the theoretical fundamentals of programming languages and the associated lexical, syntactical and semantic processing techniques and be able to apply them to create, design and process languages.
    • CCO1.3
      To define, evaluate and select platforms to develop and produce hardware and software for developing computer applications and services of different complexities.
  • CCO2
    To develop effectively and efficiently the adequate algorithms and software to solve complex computation problems.
    • CCO2.1
      To demonstrate knowledge about the fundamentals, paradigms and the own techniques of intelligent systems, and analyse, design and build computer systems, services and applications which use these techniques in any applicable field.
    • CCO2.2
      Capacity to acquire, obtain, formalize and represent human knowledge in a computable way to solve problems through a computer system in any applicable field, in particular in the fields related to computation, perception and operation in intelligent environments.
    • CCO2.3
      To develop and evaluate interactive systems and systems that show complex information, and its application to solve person-computer interaction problems.
    • CCO2.4
      To demonstrate knowledge and develop techniques about computational learning; to design and implement applications and system that use them, including these ones dedicated to the automatic extraction of information and knowledge from large data volumes.
    • CCO2.5
      To implement information retrieval software.
    • CCO2.6
      To design and implement graphic, virtual reality, augmented reality and video-games applications.
  • CCO3
    To develop computer solutions that, taking into account the execution environment and the computer architecture where they are executed, achieve the best performance.
    • CCO3.1
      To implement critical code following criteria like execution time, efficiency and security.
    • CCO3.2
      To program taking into account the hardware architecture, using assembly language as well as high-level programming languages.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIZATION

  • CSI2
    To integrate solutions of Information and Communication Technologies, and business processes to satisfy the information needs of the organizations, allowing them to achieve their objectives effectively.
    • CSI2.1
      To demonstrate comprehension and apply the management principles and techniques about quality and technological innovation in the organizations.
    • CSI2.2
      To conceive, deploy, organize and manage computer systems and services, in business or institutional contexts, to improve the business processes; to take responsibility and lead the start-up and the continuous improvement; to evaluate its economic and social impact.
    • CSI2.3
      To demonstrate knowledge and application capacity of extraction and knowledge management systems .
    • CSI2.4
      To demostrate knowledge and capacity to apply systems based on Internet (e-commerce, e-learning, etc.).
    • CSI2.5
      To demostrate knowledge and capacity to apply business information systems (ERP, CRM, SCM, etc.).
    • CSI2.6
      To demonstrate knowledge and capacity to apply decision support and business intelligence systems.
    • CSI2.7
      To manage the presence of the organization in Internet.
  • CSI3
    To determine the requirements of the information and communication systems of an organization, taking into account the aspects of security and compliance of the current normative and legislation.
    • CSI3.1
      To demonstrate comprehension of the principles of risks evaluation and apply them correctly when elaborating and executing operation plans.
    • CSI3.2
      To develop the information system plan of an organization.
    • CSI3.3
      To evaluate technological offers for the development of information and management systems.
    • CSI3.4
      To develop business solutions through the deployment and integration of hardware and software systems.
    • CSI3.5
      To propose and coordinate changes to improve the operation of the systems and the applications.
  • CSI4
    To participate actively in the specification, design, implementation and maintenance of the information and communication systems.
    • CSI4.1
      To participate actively in the specification of the information and communication systems.
    • CSI4.3
      To administrate databases (CES1.6).
    • CSI4.2
      To participate actively in the design, implementation and maintenance of the information and communication systems.
  • CSI1
    To demonstrate comprehension and apply the principles and practices of the organization, in a way that they could link the technical and management communities of an organization, and participate actively in the user training.

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SPECIALIZATION

  • CES1
    To develop, maintain and evaluate software services and systems which satisfy all user requirements, which behave reliably and efficiently, with a reasonable development and maintenance and which satisfy the rules for quality applying the theories, principles, methods and practices of Software Engineering.
    • CES1.1
      To develop, maintain and evaluate complex and/or critical software systems and services.
    • CES1.2
      To solve integration problems in function of the strategies, standards and available technologies
    • CES1.3
      To identify, evaluate and manage potential risks related to software building which could arise.
    • CES1.4
      To develop, mantain and evaluate distributed services and applications with network support.
    • CES1.5
      To specify, design, implement and evaluate databases.
    • CES1.6
      To administrate databases (CIS4.3).
    • CES1.7
      To control the quality and design tests in the software production
    • CES1.8
      To develop, mantain and evaluate control and real-time systems.
    • CES1.9
      To demonstrate the comprehension in management and government of software systems.
  • CES2
    To value the client needs and specify the software requirements to satisfy these needs, reconciling conflictive objectives through searching acceptable compromises, taking into account the limitations related to the cost, time, already developed systems and organizations.
    • CES2.1
      To define and manage the requirements of a software system.
    • CES2.2
      To design adequate solutions in one or more application domains, using software engineering methods which integrate ethical, social, legal and economical aspects.
  • CES3
    To identify and analyse problems; design, develop, implement, verify and document software solutions having an adequate knowledge about the current theories, models and techniques.
    • CES3.1
      To develop multimedia services and applications.
    • CES3.2
      To design and manage a data warehouse.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZATION

  • CTI1
    To define, plan and manage the installation of the ICT infrastructure of the organization.
    • CTI1.1
      To demonstrate understanding the environment of an organization and its needs in the field of the information and communication technologies.
    • CTI1.2
      To select, design, deploy, integrate and manage communication networks and infrastructures in a organization.
    • CTI1.3
      To select, deploy, integrate and manage information system which satisfy the organization needs with the identified cost and quality criteria.
    • CTI1.4
      To select, design, deploy, integrate, evaluate, build, manage, exploit and maintain the hardware, software and network technologies, according to the adequate cost and quality parameters.
  • CTI2
    To guarantee that the ICT systems of an organization operate adequately, are secure and adequately installed, documented, personalized, maintained, updated and substituted, and the people of the organization receive a correct ICT support.
    • CTI2.1
      To manage, plan and coordinate the management of the computers infrastructure: hardware, software, networks and communications.
    • CTI2.2
      To administrate and maintain applications, computer systems and computer networks (the knowledge and comprehension levels are described in the common technical competences).
    • CTI2.3
      To demonstrate comprehension, apply and manage the reliability and security of the computer systems (CEI C6).
  • CTI3
    To design solutions which integrate hardware, software and communication technologies (and capacity to develop specific solutions of systems software) for distributed systems and ubiquitous computation devices.
    • CTI3.1
      To conceive systems, applications and services based on network technologies, taking into account Internet, web, electronic commerce, multimedia, interactive services and ubiquitous computation.
    • CTI3.2
      To implement and manage ubiquitous systems (mobile computing systems).
    • CTI3.3
      To design, establish and configure networks and services.
    • CTI3.4
      To design communications software.
  • CTI4
    To use methodologies centred on the user and the organization to develop, evaluate and manage applications and systems based on the information technologies which ensure the accessibility, ergonomics and usability of the systems.