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Curriculum information about programmes and study modules

The most essential curriculum information regarding programmes and study modules are intended learning outcomes and degree requirements. This page describes what information goes into a programme and study module curriculum.

The programme curriculum consists of the basic information on the programme and its study modules, intended learning outcomes and degree requirements. The minor subject curriculum consists of the basic information, the intended learning outcomes and the degree requirements concerning the minor. ‘Basic information’ refers here to information that is generally permanent. This information is decided when the programme or study module is established, and no changes are made to it from one two-year curriculum period to another. Intended learning outcomes and degree requirements may be changed: they are edited generally as a result of programme development work and put into the new curriculum for the next curriculum period. In connection with the curriculum, information is also published that is not decided formally or as part of the curriculum planning process.

Curriculum information about programmes

Education leading to a degree is organised in the form of programmes. A programme is a goal-oriented entity made up of several study modules. The educational selection of Aalto University consists of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes. Some of the programmes are implemented through international collaboration.

The details to be included for all programmes are basic information, intended learning outcomes and degree requirements.

Curriculum information about study modules

A study module is a degree constituent consisting of a minimum of two courses. Examples of study modules are basic studies, studies towards the major, elective studies, studies towards the minor and research field studies.

Other information included in the curriculum

During the curriculum design process, model timetables (‘timing template’ in Sisu) are also made for the programmes. The model timetables are not part of the official curriculum and do not need to be formally approved. The model timetable may be produced as a separate document or it may be entered into the student information system Sisu as timing template.

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Curriculum information about courses

A course is a part of studies that covers a specific topic, content or competence area. The curriculum defines the course contents, implementation methods and other course information that is valid for the whole curriculum period.

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Formulating degree requirements clearly in Sisu

Clearly formulated degree requirements make planning studies easier. This page contains instructions on how to formulate degree requirements clearly.

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How to update course information in the Curriculum Planner

The Curriculum Planner is a tool for the courses’ responsible teachers to update their course information.

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Curriculum design at Aalto University

Aalto University’s curriculum design guidelines and schedule aims at supporting sustainable, future led degree programmes.

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