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

EF21SP Bachelor Degree Programme in Information Technology (Internet of Things)

Development of Expertise

The curriculum has been planned so that the degree programme provides the student with the knowledge, skills and competence required in the working life and the studies ensure the development of the student’s professional expertise.

Each student starts planning his/her career path already during the first study year as he/she drafts an individual study plan. This way the student takes responsibility for the progress of his/her studies. Savonia’s teachers and other personnel guide and support the student in defining and achieving the personal goals in the study plan.

The courses of this curriculum concentrate on Internet of Things software engineering in the areas of information technology, healthcare and digital health and industrial application of IoT. The student learns to develop WEB or mobile applications and to use sensors, networks, servers and databases and clouds with analysis tools and Big Data applications. The computer networks theme emphasizes company level design and maintenance of networks and services. Both wired and wireless network technologies and building of networks are studied. The embedded system theme has weight on design, programming and applications on devices used in fields of consumer market and in industry. The wireless transmission and sensors are in an essential role in these applications.

The degree programme also includes elective studies. Their purpose is to give the student the possibility to widen the degree by choosing study modules according to his/her interests. Elective courses can be selected as early as the first study year. Studies abroad in a corresponding university or college also offer a good alternative.

The industrial internship required for the completion of the programme is 6 months long. Part of this is carried out during study semesters. The rest of the placement can be completed during summer breaks. The student can have part of the internship and/or his/her final project abroad. The completion of the programme requires a final project with a written report from the subject area the student has specialised in during advanced specialised studies.

The duration of the studies is 4 academic years.

Yearly Themes

Content of Studies

Each year has two assigned themes. During the first term of studies, the studies will cover issues in natural science, mathematics, physics and languages. This is done by working in cooperation with a partner organisation from the surrounding environment. The students will form teams around SMEs in cooperation with Savonia, and start getting to know the various phases needed for carrying out a project. These skills cover basic knowledge of different fields of ICT.

The second term continues with development of applications within IoT. The student gains a profound insight into the successful implementation of IoT applications. Students will go through team building phases and become familiar with multicultural working teams and methods. The students are also expected to apply ICT knowledge to practice within the partner organisation and to be able to share their understanding to fellow students. At the end of the year, the students will have a comprehensive understanding of the entire ICT systems of IoT as a foundation to develop their professional career.

During the second year studies the students will focus on essential internationalisation skills. First, the students will learn how to use the tools for software development and analysis in Big Data. Second, the students will put these skills and understanding into use, again together with local organisations, within the theme of preparing for training periods and projects.

The third year students will focus on adapting professional level tasks in programming and electronics, wireless and cloud technologies. As skills and understanding grow, the students perceive the evaluation and development of demanding IoT applications professionally. By this stage the students' management and leadership skills will grow to meet the demands of international level of profession.

Fourth year is reserved for the thesis, training and business intelligence possibilities of IoT. Skills are deepened in cloud computing and analytics. The skills gained in previous years are sharpened in the thesis and project work.


The thesis at Savonia is always work related. This gives you a good opportunity to networking with professionals in your field during your studies, and often the thesis turns out to be a starting point for your career.

The thesis emphasises the cooperation between you, working life and the UAS – from choosing the topic to setting the goals and to actually doing it. During the process you show that you are capable of working independently in recognising, evaluating and solving developmental challenges in working life. Professional reporting and communications skills are required as well.

Your work-related thesis can be:

- a developmental project, which you or your team plan and implement based on the requirements of your client. Examples of such a project include product or service development, technology evaluations and testing, it can be software or hardware weighted, it can consist the whole information chain from sensors to background system or it can some restricted part.
- a research-oriented project, where you or your team will perform appropriate research activities in order to shed light to the developmental or problem-solving needs of your client.
- a compiled thesis, where eg projects, researches, development or scientific articles done during the studies are gathered together and reported as a synthesis.

Your thesis process will be supported by engineering studies, thesis seminars and methodology workshops. You can do your thesis independently or in a group.

Career possibilities

It BEng will work, among other things, in project or sales engineering duties or research and related tasks. You will also have the skills and competences needed to become an entrepreneur.

- Product Developer or Manager
- Project Engineer
- Research ngineer
- Web developer
- ICT specialist
- Sales Engineer
- Integration Engineer


Our BEng -groups are multinational and –cultural by nature, so you will get accustomed to an international work environment from day 1. In addition, the BEng programme itself is designed for internationalisation. Close cooperation with our international partners brings you in contact with people and organisations outside Finland, making it possible for you to compare views, share knowledge and work side by side on projects by using technology-based communication tools as well as meeting in person.

Student exchange is also a natural and recommended part of your second-year studies, and internships (basic and/or professional) could take you anywhere in the world.

Our selection of language studies is substantial, complemented by the offerings of University of Eastern Finland. Cross-cultural studies provide a good basis for your personal experiences in all aspects of internationality.


Savonia is active in developing the surrounding community via, among others, student projects, joint research projects and various development programmes. The cooperation with the local working life is highly valued and based on long-term relationships. Also the joint activities with the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia UAS bring a variety of options for our students. International aspects are dealt with in a close network of foreign partner institutions, covering exchange, internships, projects and joint or double degrees.


Our BEng programme is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses in their internationalisation efforts. You will work on various work-related research or developmental projects of SMEs during your studies and gain valuable insight into industrial or digital health world.

Possibilities to continue studies after graduation

A BEng degree is an internationally recognized and approved qualification. A BEng graduate is eligible to apply to continue theoretical studies at most universities world-wide. Often the following Master’s degree can be completed in 2 years, depending on the field of study and the student. However, should you wish to continue your studies to the Master level at a university of applied sciences, you will be directed to start your working career to gather 3 years of work experience before entering a Master’s programme.


Our whole programme is conducted in English apart from mandatory languages courses in Finnish (for foreign students) and in Swedish (for Finnish students). Please note that you are not expected to be perfect when you start your studies – your language skills will improve while doing engineering studies. The multicultural learning environment with students speaking various languages is the best way of preparing for the challenges of engineering field of IoT.


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