General information

​Description

The degree programme in information and communications technology offers many interesting options for studying information and communications technology. Students can focus their studies on cybersecurity or media, software or data network engineering. In the first autumn, the courses are common to all information and communications technology students. The orientation will be selected during the first autumn.

In the first autumn, the student will primarily complete basic IT studies and common JAMK studies. In the autumn, “sneak peek” courses will provide students with an idea of the studies in the various specialisation options and the tasks for which each option prepares students.

In the spring semester of the first academic year, students will move to their own specialisation groups. After this, the student’s programme will include the core studies of each specialisation option, which will continue until the end of the third academic year.

During the third year, the student will also complete optional vocational studies selected personally according to his/her interests and target professional image. Some of the optional vocational studies can also be from other degree programmes, enabling the student to expand his/her skills into areas such as entrepreneurship.

The fourth year mainly includes optional studies according to the student’s interest as well as the thesis and practical training. According to the Personal Learning Plan, the student can also complete these studies during the earlier academic years if, for example, an opportunity for practical training opens up earlier.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code

​TTV16S1

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Studies

Targeted competence

The goal of the information and communications technology education is to provide students with good technical capabilities for operating in a changing society while taking account of internationalisation. The education is often carried out by means of project work in teams, because project work is very common at many workplaces. The education aims at practical competence. It is the intention that graduating engineers can actually do the things they have studied instead of just having theoretical knowledge. This will make them better equipped to adapt to working life and increase their confidence.

In addition to technical skills, the student is able to work in projects and communicate both orally and in writing. The common language in the field is English, and the majority of the learning material is in English. Students’ language skills will be developed by means of optional student exchange, English studies and vocational studies in English.

A central teaching method is learning by doing. Students have access to Finland’s most modern and versatile laboratory environments, such as RGCE, Spidernet, Labranet and Challenge Factory. In addition to working in a real laboratory environment, the studies include lectures, project-type learning assignments, group work and online studies. In the third and fourth year, each student will implement a challenging project commissioned by a third party. During the project, the student will deepen his/her knowledge of project work and professional skills and establish important relationships and contacts with working life.

Internationalisation is an important part of the IT engineer degree. Courses conducted in English are used as domestic internationalisation tools. The student can also develop his/her internationalisation competence by leaving for a student exchange at one of our several partner universities. Completing practical training or your thesis abroad are also possible.

​Degree profile

The cybersecurity specialisation option teaches students to understand the building blocks of the information society, test their reliability and prevent the related threats. The studies familiarise students with the operation of software in various hardware environments. Audits are practised by testing self-made software and fixing the faults detected. After the testing and audit studies, the student will be able to implement corresponding outputs in projects for other software developers. Cybersecurity students will be familiarised with software and data network engineering from the viewpoint of security.

The media engineering specialisation option delves deeper into the Web and the implementation of its services (online shops, forums, blogs, games, etc.). After the studies, the student will be able to define, design and implement websites taking into account the needs of various target groups. Students with the specialisation option may concentrate on designing and implementing the part visible in the browser, highlighting the user interface design, user experience and visual implementation. Another alternative is to focus on the design and implementation of server software as well as the storage of information in databases or data warehouses.

The data software engineering specialisation option provides students with a good knowledge of the most common programming languages and methods as well as development tools and environments. Among other things, the studies include mobile, network and game programming. In the exercises, students use the most common software development tools and methods used by companies. If desired, they can also focus on embedded systems programming. Towards the end of the studies, all students will carry out an extensive software project that provides them with a good basis for implementing software products.

The network engineering specialisation option familiarises students with various network technologies and the installation, configuration and maintenance of online service platforms. Students with this specialisation option will learn to define, design and implement various information networks. In addition to network technologies, essential subjects in the studies include server skills, service management, service automation, data centres and data security.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and admission

Structure and completion of studies

The degree programme consists of the following study modules:

  • Transferable skills 24 cr (ECTS credits)
  • Natural sciences 28 cr
  • Common basic studies in information and communications technology 35 cr
  • Core studies in the specialisation option 58 cr
  • Advanced vocational studies in the specialisation option 15 + 15 cr
  • Bachelor's thesis 20 cr (15 + 5)
  • Elective studies 15 cr
  • Practical training 30–60 cr

JAMK’s common transferable skills studies familiarise all students with studying at the university of applied sciences and the objectives and content of the education. The studies also introduce project work, entrepreneurship and business administration, provide a basic knowledge of foreign languages and develop general communication skills.

The basic studies in natural sciences provide students with the mathematical and scientific skills necessary for degree-related vocational studies.

Common basic studies in information and communications technology students will also familiarise themselves with the necessary basic professional skills in digitalisation, programming, databases, Internet technologies, web technologies, cybersecurity and operating systems. They will learn to apply these skills in practical projects.

The core studies in the degree consist of advanced studies common to all students with the specialisation option.

The first year of the cybersecurity specialisation option includes studies in network infrastructure and basic programming skills. In the second year, the student will carry out his/her own protocol implementation in protocol programming. At the same time, he/she will learn the principles of software testing for his/her own software implementation. The third year will involve the protection of corporate networks by means of data security technologies. In optional vocational studies, the student may specialise in the secure implementation of corporate services and ethical hacking.

In the media engineering specialisation option, the first and second year will concentrate on website technologies, web user interfaces and usability. In the third and fourth year, students can take optional vocational studies to complement their skills in, for example, web and mobile services, 3D modelling and visualisation, graphic technology or (game) programming. If the student has plans for establishing a company, he/she may also include entrepreneurship studies in the degree.

In the software engineering specialisation option, first year studies provide general information about the field and concentrate on the development of basic programming skills. In the second year, the main focus is on web technologies and various software development methods. A central them in the third year is a software project. Part of the studies in the later stage is optional (including subjects like game, mobile and embedded systems programming).

First year studies in the data network engineering specialisation option familiarise students with various operating systems and networks through theory and practice. Second and third year studies deepen the students’ knowledge of networks, servers, service management and data security. In the course of the studies, as the students gain technical knowledge, design skills become an essential part of the studies.

In addition to this, the students build their competence on certain specialised studies personally selected by them. These studies enable the students to develop into specialists in the selected area and prove their capability of working as engineers after graduation. One of the two optional vocational study modules may also be from outside the specialisation option, allowing the students to complement their skills in other areas like entrepreneurship or marketing.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

Full-time studies

Graduation

To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Employment and further studies

​Professional profiles of graduates with examples

Cybersecurity is a new field in information and communications technology that is expected to grow rapidly. Demand for specialists in the field is high. Up until now, no training has been available in the field. JAMK is among the first educational institutions to provide cybersecurity training in Finland. Job titles in the field can already be seen in job applications: Security Engineer, Security Consultant, System Engineer, Software Test Engineer and Security Specialist.

The employment rate of media engineering students has always been high, and many students have established their own companies and businesses during their studies. In 2011–2013, the employment rate of recently graduated students was over 80%. There is a wide variety of job titles and positions, including CEO, CTO, Web Programmer, Web Designer, UX Designer, 3D Visualist, Marketing Designer and Account Manager.

Students of software engineering are usually employed during their studies in various software development positions all over Finland. Remote work enables studying while working. There will always be work for specialists, either as employees (coder, designer, project manager…) or independent entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship has a low threshold. A computer, an idea and some time to create your own application that will be sold in an app store are all that you need. Late in the studies, the practical training period at a company and the thesis serve as a good springboard to working life.

Engineers who have studied data network engineering are usually employed in system maintenance, design and implementation positions. Systems in which students can specialise include data networks, information systems, server environments and the diverse terminal equipment of users. Employers may include telecommunications operators, public organisations (Kela, the Finnish Defence Forces, municipalities, etc.) and private enterprises. Job titles include System Engineer, System Specialist, Data Network Engineer and Communications Designer.

Job titles
IT Engineer, System Engineer, Communications Designer
Software Designer, Database Designer, User Interface Designer
Programmer, Web Designer, Web Developer
Project Manager, Security Manager, IT Manager
Security Consultant, Software Test Engineer, System Specialist

Examples of study paths to a certain professional profile
All specialisation options provide information and communications technology engineers with a strong common IT basis, including mathematical and scientific studies as well as entrepreneurship and communications studies. In addition, all IT engineers take some “sneak peek” courses in Web technologies, programming and Internet technologies, not forgetting data security and cybersecurity. After this, students will select core studies in a specialisation option as well as optional vocational studies depending on their interests.

Game Programmer
Game programming is a new programming field. However, there are already over 200 game companies in Finland, employing over 2,000 people in total. Games are produced for mobile devices, computers and consoles. The industry is international, as proven by recent business acquisitions. Finnish game industry professionals have a good reputation abroad. The production and productisation of games are usually teamwork in which all members of the team have different roles. The coder is responsible for the operation of the software, the scriptwriter for the plot and the graphic designer for the visual appearance. A successful sound world crowns the finished game, which can then be marketed around the world. The first years of studies concentrate on basics, such as programming languages, databases, software design and testing. Later in their studies, students can focus on game development. They can complement their skills by studying, for example, marketing and graphic technology.

System Specialist
A system specialist’s job description may vary greatly depending on the field of specialisation and the employer’s information systems. A system specialist needs to have extensive knowledge of data networks, active devices, servers and various services. This knowledge can be achieved through the vocational studies included in the degree. The study path of a system specialist working in a data centre is used as an example below.

The degree includes optional studies that students can use to develop their skills in accordance with their interests. For example, a student interests in data centres can select the optional courses on IT services and data centres, which provide the skills necessary for the maintenance and management of data centres and IT services. In addition, the student may select, for example, 15 ECTS credits’ worth of web studies in the software engineering specialisation option, enabling him/her to expand his/her skills into web services offered by data centres.

Security Consultant
A security consultant’s work focuses on protecting an organisation’s business. Business is enabled by people, processes and tools. All of these are under threats whose impact is controlled by means of risk management. An information and communications technology engineer specialising in cybersecurity learns to consult companies to reduce the probability and impact, or severity, of risks to all sub-areas of their operations. The cybersecurity module on the secure implementation and production of IT services provides the student with extensive skills in service production that is implemented in the IT environment and supports business, and in the related attack vectors. The ethical hacking module allows the student to become a specialist performing technical penetration tests. By selecting optional data network engineering studies, the student can gain knowledge of data communications networks and methods of preventing attacks on information systems.

Web Designer
A web designer’s job description highlights a good visual eye and insight into the definition and design of various web user interfaces together with the client. Even though user interfaces and usability play important roles in the job description, good technical skills in the implementation, or the layout, of the web page are equally important. From the user’s point of view, a good user experience is one of the key issues. Technologies required include web technologies like HTML 5, CSS as well as JavaScript and PHP programming. Managing the publication system, such as WordPress, is also part of a web designer’s job description. The job requires the capability to work independently as well as good teamwork skills, project management, accuracy and ability to cope with pressure. Optional vocational studies taken towards the end of the studies can be used to expand competence in 3D modelling, industrial visualisation and graphic technology.

 

Further studies

The students may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme. A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university Master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in Master’s degree level programmes.

In addition, the University of Applied Sciences offers continuing education possibilities in specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. A student who completes an upper post-secondary degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). All further studies must be applied for separately.

There is a master’s degree programme with changing content for information and communications technology students. At the moment, the content is cybersecurity.

​Other information

Planning

The learning objectives of the degree programme are based on international (EUR-ACE) competence descriptions. In addition to these, the objectives are based on the needs of local companies. Central Finland’s regional strategies provide a general overview of the future development of the area, thus also providing a starting point for the planning of the degree programme. More specific information about the needs of companies has been gained through the IT Institute’s Advisory Board work, which provides an extensive understanding of the industry’s development prospects in Central Finland.

In addition to the Advisory Board, the competence needs of companies have been surveyed by specialisation option-specific events, which have provided detailed information about the competence profiles of people needed in the field.

The starting point of the degree programme supports the student’s learning programme, which has been taken into account in the planning of competence areas and the structuring of assessment.

Responsibility for the planning and implementation of the Degree Programme in Information and Communications Technology lies with the Head of Department and the Education Officers.

Contact information

Jari Hautamäki, Head of Department, +358 40 540 2361
firstname.lastname@jamk.fi
Piippukatu 2
FI-40100 Jyväskylä