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Difference Between Computer Science and Informatics Engineering

The development of communication and information technology promises a very broad employment prospects. For this reason, more and more people want a career on the basis of computer science. However, it is not uncommon for prospective students to experience confusion about the differences between computer science majors and informatics engineering. This is quite natural because both computer science and informatics engineering graduates have a career in more or less the same work area.

Basically, courses in computer science and informatics engineering are in a relatively different scope, from the theoretical point of view to their application. The science learned is not much different, such as algorithms, programming, and other computer science both theoretically or practically. For that, here are a few differences in computer science and informatics engineering that you need to know!

Historical Differences

In the review written by Fanny Rofalina on the Zenius blog, there is a very fundamental difference, namely the naming of the program. To discuss why the naming of computer science and informatics engineering is different, then we need to go back a long way to an era where faculties that study computers emerged in Indonesia.

The campuses which initiated the formation of computer-based faculties are the University of Indonesia (UI) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). At that time, UI professors learned everything related to computers in the United States that introduced programs and computer science under the name of computer science or computer science. Meanwhile, ITB professors have a background in knowledge about computers with the orientation to Europe, especially France. There, the study of computers is called informatics or informatics.

The naming is not really a significant differentiator because basically both graduates of computer science and informatics engineering will compete and collaborate in the same field, such as software development, handling and maintenance of software (hardware) and hardware (hardware), and so on. However, in the matter of providing knowledge to students, there are a few differences that you need to look at.

Different focus of science

The orientation of science and the background of the emergence of different sciences causes the programs in the majors of computer science and computer engineering courses to differ slightly. This is inseparable from the influence of the structure, system, and vision and mission of each university. The following differences can illustrate the scientific differences between computer science and informatics engineering.

In the computer science department, students will usually be provided with fundamental knowledge of theoretical knowledge in the science or science of computers themselves. For example, science that will be studied in computer science includes a lot of things that are theoretical such as network theory, system programming, algorithms, and others. Even so, students majoring in computer science are also not free from the application or practice of computer science. In short, the practice and theory in computer science are more or less the same size.
The informatics technique focuses more on practice than theory. Informatics engineering students are more designed to be skilled and professional workers with various implementations in the world of work, for example in terms of making applications. The portion of practice for informatics engineering students is usually more than for computer science students. Even so, students study computer theory but not as deep as computer science students.

Different curriculum

The rapid development of technology has caused scientific equipping to become more fluid and can only be distinguished by the vision and mission of each campus. For this reason, for those of you who want to study computer science and information technology majors, it is recommended to look at the curriculum in both majors on each campus that you want to pursue.