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Basis of Education Competence Standards Structure of Studies Development of Expertise Methods and implementation Course Table

ER20SP Degree Programme in Construction Engineering

This curriculum is a translation of the curriculum of the Finnish degree program.

Methods and implementation

In Savonia, the pedagogical starting point is the Open Innovation Space (OIS 2.0) model. It combines high-quality education with research and development activities close to working life. Work-related education emphasizes students' motivation and commitment to studies. The development of students' expertise is promoted in various learning environments, by enabling diverse, time- and place-based year-round study and by making extensive use of the study of work. Comprehensive student guidance and the identification and recognition of prior learning are part of the students' personal study plan.

The project teaching model (CDIO) of the degree program in Civil Engineering aims to develop the student's holistic thinking, in which the work steps are assignment and requirements definitions, planning, implementation and use. Some of the professional studies in civil engineering are connected to this project learning environment in the construction industry. Project teaching begins with a detached house design project in the first year of study. In the second year, an apartment building design project will be implemented, and in the third year, a hall project. Project teaching is decided for a fourth-year company-oriented project. With the help of project studies, the student develops an illustrative understanding of his or her own role as a civil engineer, the various stages of a construction project, construction and design to production.

The aim of the study is to increase the student's professional expertise. With his studies, the novice grows into a self-initiated and independent expert. Students' self-direction is emphasized in teaching and supervision from the beginning of their studies. The responsibility for learning lies with the student himself, and the goal of learning is a deep understanding of what has been learned.

The aim of the supervision is to support studies in their various stages. At the beginning of the studies, the emphasis is on a personal study plan, in which the previously acquired competence is also identified. As the studies progress, emphasis is placed on career guidance, which supports the orientation of expertise, the development of working life skills and employment. Savonia teachers and other staff guide and support the student in defining and achieving personal professional goals. The aim of all supervision is to improve the student's own time management and the evaluation of one's own activities, thus improving the ability for continuous learning.

International skills are an important part of an engineer's skills. Each student must include in his or her personal study plan at least 5 cr of studies completed in a foreign language. Students can emphasize internationalization in their personal study by choosing studies from an offer in English. Internationality can also be strengthened through a student exchange lasting a semester or a year or by completing an internship abroad.

Assessment guides and reviews the achievement of the student's study competence objectives. The subject of the assessment is the whole learning event, ie the achievement of knowledge and skills in accordance with the aims of teaching, the attitude and ability to take responsibility required for both study and working life. The evaluation of the courses is based on the evaluation criteria prepared for each course.

The working life orientation of Savonia's education is realized through the diverse networking of teachers. Networks also ensure the continuous development of a student’s substantive expertise. The staff creates learning situations and supports student learning. Student services, library and information services, international services and other university services help with studying. The training follows the principles of accessibility and sustainable development.

The studies in the curriculum can be implemented either in full or in part as online studies. Some of the studies are organized as online studies throughout the year, regardless of time and place. The course may also include part-time courses, the study and completion of which is supervised and supported online. Online implementation can also be an alternative way of completing the course.

Some of the courses are either entirely or partly in English, as language skills are an essential part of an engineer's professional skills. The English-language implementations also enable exchange students to participate in study courses, thus promoting the growth of the international skills of all students. In connection with the implementation of English-language courses, learning is ensured, if necessary, with support material in Finnish and a professional vocabulary.

Studying is a flexible way to study, especially in the final stages of studies. The competence included in the degree is acquired in part by doing work and performing agreed tasks. Studying is not an automatic recognition of work experience. In some cases, the student's leisure activities and hobbies can also develop his or her professional skills so that studying is possible.

The study begins on the student's initiative and the related plan is made and approved by the course teacher in advance. If the student's work tasks fit the competence objectives of the course, it is possible to study. The curriculum may also include a extra mural activities (e.g. in form of project studies).

Learning in the workplace or in hobbies is planned on the basis of the competence objectives of the course in cooperation with the teacher of the course. The work tasks presented by the student are assessed whether they in themselves produce sufficient competence in relation to the objectives or whether additional performance is required to achieve the competence. Competence can be supplemented, for example, with a presentation or a report.


We reserve the right to make changes to the curriculum due to the need to update the content being studied.