Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Information and Communication Technologies

Starting group code

TTV19S1

Forms of study

Full-time and part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses (full-time studies)

Individual courses (part-time studies)

Contact information

Luostarinen Hannu

Luostarinen Hannu

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
IT, Institute of Information Technology
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358400444941

Description

The degree programme in Information and Communications Technology at JAMK provides the students with good readiness to act in specialist tasks in the field of ICT in a constantly changing internationalizing society. The ICT knowledge is expanded in specialisation options: cyber security, media-, software- and data network engineering.

Key learning outcomes

After completing the degree programme in Information and Communications Technology the student has basic knowledge on the core contents of natural sciences, which enables the command and development of basic ICT skills.

The student specialising in his/her own specialisation option controls, develops and manages projects. In the specialisation option, the student deepens his/her knowledge in cybersecurity, media engineering, software engineering and data network engineering. In addition, the student can expand his/her knowledge to e.g. game and mobile programming, design of IT services, ethical hacking, 3D visualisation and the Internet of Things (IoT/IoE).

The students are equipped to develop themselves professionally as well as retrieve information and communicate in a versatile manner. The student applies and manages information in his/her own field. He/she has readiness to work as an entrepreneur and in international working environments.

After completing the degree programme in Information and Communications Technology, the student (knowledge targeted in the degree programme and its connection with the EUR-ACE-requirements):

  • After completing the degree programme in Information and Communications Technology, the students have basic knowledge of the core contents of natural sciences, mathematics and technology essential for them to meet the other objectives of the ICT education. (EUR-ACE: Knowledge and Understanding)
  • The student implements information technology related designs utilizing research information. (EUR-ACE: Investigations)
  • The student applies his/her knowledge to solving technical problems, to research work as well as process planning. He/she develops practical competences and makes technical, calculated and safe solutions in co-operation with both technical and non-technical persons. The student has general knowledge and understanding of his/her own specialisation field. (EUR-ACE: Engineering Design, Engineering Practice)
  • He/she is able to use his/her own judgement when solving IT related problems based on existing knowledge and learning while taking into account aspects that are not within his/her own specialisation. (EUR-ACE: Engineering Analysis, Making Judgements)
  • After graduation the student develops his/her own knowledge according to on the principles of life-long learning based on the development of technology and identification of his/her own abilities. The student works in projects and manages project work. He/she works in teams and communicates effectively in various reference groups. Due to the student’s good language skills, he/she utilizes both national and international networks and data. He/she has good communication and presentation skills. (EUR-ACE: Lifelong learning, Communication and Team working)

Professional growth and know-how

TTV structure 2019

The figure above describes the general structure of Information and Communications Technology education. The studies start with common basic studies for ICT and transferable skills. The basic studies in natural sciences provide students with the mathematical and scientific knowledge necessary for the degree-related professional studies.

The basic professional studies of ICT familiarise students with the basic skills needed in their profession: digitalisation, programming, databases, Internet technologies, web technologies, cybersecurity and operation systems. These skills are applied to practical projects. During the third academic year the student also takes specialisation option studies which are chosen by the student based on his/her own interest and targeted profession. Part of the optional professional studies can also be selected from other degree programmes, and they expand the student’s competence in e.g. entrepreneurship or marketing.

During the first term the studies include so called ”sneak peek” courses where the student is familiarised with various specialisation options and possible work tasks in that particular field. In the spring term the student starts studying in his/her own specialisation option and takes core studies that continue until the end of the third academic year. The specialization studies are introduced on JAMK web pages, and the admission process is described in Elmo student intra.

The core studies of the degree comprise common specialisation option professional studies of the specialization option and the core professional studies targeted at certain special fields selected by the student. With these studies the student develops into a specialist in his/her chosen field and demonstrates his/her ability to work in engineering duties after graduation.

The Cyber security specialisation option familiarizes the students with the operation of software in various devices. The studies familiarize the students with secure operation of business and continuity in IT environment. Audits are practiced by testing self-made software and fixing the faults detected. After the testing and audit studies, the student is able to implement corresponding outputs in projects for other software developers. During the first academic year the studies focus on network infrastructure and basics of programming. In the second academic year the student implements his/her own application in protocol programming and learns about software testing. In the third year he/she delves into protection of corporate networks by means of data security technologies. The studies enable specialisation in data secure implementation of corporate services, ethical hacking or design and implementation of a cybersecurity exercise.

In the media engineering specialisation option the students concentrate on the implementation of web and its services (online shops, forums, blogs and games etc.). After the studies the students can define, design and implement web pages taking into account the needs of various target groups. The specialisation option enables students to specialise in the design and implementation of the part visible in the browser highlighting user interface design, user experience and visual implementation. The second option is to focus on design and implementation of software run on servers as well as saving data in a database or data storages.

In the Software engineering specialisation option the studies include e.g. mobile, network and game programming. The student uses development tools and methods of the most common software in the assignments. If desired, the student can also focus on embedded systems programming. The first academic year familiarizes the student with the field in general, and the focus is on developing the basic programming skills. In the second year, the emphasis is on web technologies and various methods used in software development. In the third year the students implement a software project, which prepares the students well for implementing software projects in the future. Part of the studies in the later stage is optional a (including e.g. game, mobile or embedded systems programming and the Internet of Things).

Data network engineering specialisation option familiarizes the students with various network technologies and the installation, configuration, integration and maintenance of online service platforms. Students define, design and implement various information networks. Besides network technologies, also knowledge of servers, service management, service automation, data centres and data security is an essential part of the studies. First year studies familiarize the students with various operating systems and networks through theory and practical hands on assignments. The second and third year studies deepen the students’ knowledge of networks, servers, service management and data security.

Forms of study

The full-time studies follow a weekly schedule and include plenty of classroom and laboratory teaching. In addition to this, the students have exercises and assignments to be completed independently (individually or in groups).

In order to participate in part-time studies, the students must be capable of operating in digital learning environments. The part-time studies flexibly combine self-learning, remote learning and classroom learning in order to reduce the dependence on the place and time. Such studies require more self-direction from the students. Part-time studies will suit you if you have previous experience in the field or if you want more flexibility due to your life situation regarding the time or place of completing your studies.

Working life cooperation and learning

The students will have an opportunity to get acquainted with working life during their first autumn during JAMK Innovation Week. The students will solve authentic problems faced by a real customer for a week. Project skills will first be practised in the school’s in-house projects, but in the third year of studies, some of the projects will always involve a real customer. The practical training completed in companies towards the end of the studies also forms part of the degree. The duration of the practical training is 5–12 months. Students often also complete their thesis for the same company after the practical training period.

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).

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.

Degree-related qualifications

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

Professional profiles of graduates

ICT engineers work in areas such as software development, cyber security, embedded systems and network technologies.

  • 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
  • IoT Architect, IoT Designer, Data Analyst

Further studies

Students may, after graduation and a working career of at least three years, continue their studies on 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 on master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).

Planning

The education has been planned in close collaboration with working life representatives and other stakeholders.

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