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Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Communication Technology, Bachelor of Engineering (AMK): 240 ECTS
Bachelor of Engineering

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General

The degrees lead to a university of applied sciences Bachelor’s degree in Engineering allowing graduates to use the title Engineer (UAS). The studies are worth 210 credits and take approx.4 years to complete.

GENERIC COMPETENCES

The general objective of the degrees is:

1)to provide basic knowledge of the principles of operation and structures of the devices, systems and methods used within the field of each major subject (specialisation) of the degrees as well as of design, implementation and maintenance processes.

2)To develop the ability to apply knowledge acquired through the studies so that graduates are able to work independently, with initiative and cooperatively after a short period of work experience in the field of engineering.

3)To provide basic knowledge and proficiency in production economics, human resource, international cooperation and environmental protection issues required in marketing, administration and management posts.

4)To provide the abilities required to continue with further education.

The engineering degree provides students with competence needed in engineering operation and maintenance planning, management and expert positions, as well as entrepreneurship. The degree should also create an overall vision of technology based on which it is possible to make decisions and work responsibly taking into account economy, labour, environmental protection, the sustainable use of energy, as well as the requirements of society.

Specific Information

All the engineering degrees include differentiated instruction for first year students in mathematics, physics and English based on previous academic achievement. These courses review the theory of the mathematical tools needed in studying engineering and include practical physics and mathematics exercises. The English course provides students with the ability to read and follow engineering literature etc.

Special training provided by the army is accepted for accreditation where applicable in free-choice studies.

Annual Themes – Study Progress Description

1st year: Introduction.
Acquisition and development of basic knowledge, mathematical and natural sciences thinking, and communication and information retrieval skills.

2nd year: Orientation.
Supplementing basic knowledge and skills. Group work skills development and familiarisation with project work practices and procedures.

3rd year: In depth knowledge and practical training.
Acquisition of basic information and skills linked with major (specialisation) subject. Application and growth of knowledge and skills in the form of work experience.

4th year: Specialisation and application.
Advanced knowledge and skills needed in the labour market needs and for the transition into working life. Learning to work independently as an engineer in typical engineering related tasks.

Generic Working Life Skills or Competences

GENERIC COMPETENCES
The general objective of the degrees is:

1)to provide basic knowledge of the principles of operation and structures of the devices, systems and methods used within the field of each major subject (specialisation) of the degrees as well as of design, implementation and maintenance processes.

2)To develop the ability to apply knowledge acquired through the studies so that graduates are able to work independently, with initiative and cooperatively after a short period of work experience in the field of engineering.

3)To provide basic knowledge and proficiency in production economics, human resource, international cooperation and environmental protection issues required in marketing, administration and management posts.

4)To provide the abilities required to continue with further education.

The engineering degree provides students with competence needed in engineering operation and maintenance planning, management and expert positions, as well as entrepreneurship. The degree should also create an overall vision of technology based on which it is possible to make decisions and work responsibly taking into account economy, labour, environmental protection, the sustainable use of energy, as well as the requirements of society.

Generic Competences

LEARNING COMPETENCE
-is able to evaluate and develop one’s competence and learning methods
-is able to retrieve and analyze information and evaluate it critically
-is capable of taking responsibility for collaborative learning and sharing knowledge in teams

ETHICAL COMPETENCE
-is able to take responsibility for one’s own actions and for the consequences of these actions
-is able to work according to the ethical principles of the subject field
-is able to take other people into account
-is able to apply the principles of equality
-is able to apply the principles of sustainable development
-is able to wield influence in society using acquired skills and basing all activity on ethical values

WORKING COMMUNITY COMPETENCE
-is able to operate as a member of a work community
-is able to operate in communicative and interactive situations in working life
-is able to utilize information and communications technology in one’s subject field
-knows the working life in one’s subject field and is able to create personal contacts in working life and to operate in professional networks
-is capable of decision making in unpredicted situations
-is able to apply the principles of organizational management and leadership in working life and has abilities for managerial tasks
-possesses entrepreneurial skills

INNOVATION COMPETENCE
-is able to conduct research, development and innovation projects applying the existing knowledge and methods of the field
-is able to work in projects
-is capable of creative problem solving and development of working methods
-is able to find customer-oriented, sustainable and profitable solutions

INTERNATIONALIZATION COMPETENCE
-possesses communicative competence necessary for one’s work and for professional development in the subject field
-is able to collaborate in a multicultural environment
-understands the effects of and opportunities for internationalization development in one’s own field

Description of Competences

Information Systems Competence Area

Kajaani University of Applied Information Systems competence area consists of the Information and Communication Technology degree (Engineer) and Business Information Technology (BBA) degree and it is part of the CEMIS center of expertise, which amongst other objectives, aims to improve education, research and development, competitiveness, attractiveness, quality and impact. The Information and Communication Technology and Business Information Technology degrees contain certain similarities in educational content that will be delivered through jointly organised studies.

Competence in mathematics and the natural sciences
• proficient in using logical- mathematical thinking and approach to solve technical problems
• able to apply mathematical principles, methods and tools
• knows the important laws of physics and the principles of sustainable development related to ITC engineering applications
• is capable of sharing acquired knowledge and skills in the work community

Hardware competence
• is proficient in electrical engineering and electrical safety criteria
• is familiar with the most important components of electronics, how they work and basic connections
• is proficient in basic electrical measurements
• understands the electronics design and implementation process
• is familiar with computer hardware architecture and operating principles of core components
• has basic IT skills
• knows how to use simulation and design software
• understands IP-based data networks and how their active devices function and can plan, implement and maintain simple networks

Software competence
• is proficient in programming techniques; understands programming logic and is familiar with the most common algorithms and data structures
• is able to interpret program code and to use programming in problem solving
• is familiar with object-oriented design and programming basics
• is able to work in a software project taking into account the needs of the company and customer
• is proficient in the basics of programming embedded devices
• is familiar with data communications applications design and programming basics

IT design competence
• knows the theory of own application field (Major option 1focuses on design competence)
• has the ability to search, combine and apply the industry's latest technical know-how utilizing industry-specific design techniques and practices, and can document the results of such work
• is capable of disciplined product development work both independently and as a project team member

Measurement system competence
• understands the overall structure of the measuring system
• is familiar with the measurement methods for basic electrical quantities
• understands the statistical nature of the measurements and their reliability issues
• is familiar with measurement related disturbance factors
• is familiar with the most common sensors used in measuring and is able to implement
the electronics solutions such sensors require
• is able to implement measurement systems using graphical programming environments

Signal processing competence
• is familiar with the basic concepts of signals
• knows signal conversions
• is proficient in basic signal editing methods
• is able to apply signal processing in implementing digital filters

Applied electronics competence
• is able to design, implement, test, and document the microcontroller based electronics applications for demanding conditions (vehicle and industrial environment)
• is familiar with the electronic circuitry of an electronic product, its unit and device-level testing, fault diagnosis methods and how to apply them.
• is familiar with the main data transfer busses of vehicle and industrial applications

Product development competence (Own product project)
• understands the main principles of customer-driven product development
• is familiar with the phasing of the development process and understands the significance of project design and documentation as a project progresses
• is able to work in product devleopment projects in different roles and understands their different requirements
• is familiar with quality assurance methods and of the product and the product development project and can apply them
• is capable of long-term and systematic work in a product development project
• is proficient in the basics of legislation relating to product development and intellectual property

Information systems competence
• understands information systems as a whole and their production, procurement and commissioning process , as well as the principles of information management from the business development point of view


ICT project competence
• understands the nature of different ICT projects and project work as a whole in an organisation
• understands the importance of a systematic approach to project work, and knows how to work responsibly in ICT projects
• knows how to use and apply ICT project planning and management methods
• is able to identify and prepare for ICT project work risks

Business competence
• Understands key business processes and functions
• Understand the role of ICT as part of an organisation's activities and its role in the development of operations
• is able to develop business processes and use information technology to support solutions
• understands the importance of contracts, offers, licenses and copyright in own work
• able to serve customers

ICT advanced competence
• is able to apply knowledge and skills in a specialised area of ICT and can analyse, assess and develop activities in this area