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Curriculum planning for academic years 2020-2022, School of Engineering

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The curriculum is a confirmed overall description of the learning objectives of a degree programme, the goals and contents of study modules, the offering of courses and the organisation of teaching within a given period of time.
The curriculum for each degree program consists of information about the programme as well as about modules and courses it consists of. This information is confirmed in academic committees and intended to be a fixed part of the curriculum, and is therefore not meant to be changed for as long as the curriculum remains in force.
In addition, the curriculum includes information on the implementation of teaching, such as timetables and course syllabus.
The curriculum should be designed as distinct units separated by programme, and the timetables should be coordinated in a way that prevents compulsory courses from overlapping. The degree programme director and study coordinator ensure the workability of the timetable. The curriculum should clearly state what, if any, previous knowledge is required for programme admission and what means will be used to ensure that students possess the prerequisite knowledge.

Curriculum planning schedule for the spring 2020:

  • By January 2 (2.1.2020), 4 pm
    • Additions, deletions and changes of the courses ('LPM-list') for the academic years 2020-2022 (course descriptions in Curriculum Planner)
    • Available major and minor subjects, also new and discontinuing minor subjects

For a new minor (or major) subject the following information is required:
Name (in Finnish, in Swedish and in English), scope, language of instruction, teacher in charge, learning outcomes, content and structure with courses.
The following information of minor subject is also required: the target group, level of the module (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral), intake quotas and restrictions, prerequisite studies.

NOTE: Information about adding a new course or removing course

  • By February 24 at the latest (24.2.2020)

The entire curruculum.
The curriculum is a confirmed overall description of the learning objectives of a degree programme, the goals and contents of study modules, the offering of courses and the organisation of teaching within a given period of time
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Contents of the curriculum: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/contents-of-the-curriculum

  • April 16 2020 (16.4.2020) curriculum will be published in Into

Instructions:

Process of curriculum planning at Aalto University (aalto.fi: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/process-timetable-and-decision-making-of-curriculum-design )

Content of the curriculum
(aalto.fihttps://www.aalto.fi/en/services/contents-of-the-curriculum )
The curriculum is a confirmed overall description of the learning objectives of a degree programme, the goals and contents of study modules, the offering of courses and the organisation of teaching within a given period of time.

Curriculum design follows the Aalto University strategy as well as the strategic action plans of the Aalto schools. Here you can find more information about the strategy, policies and practical guidelines:
Strategy and policies
(aalto.fihttps://www.aalto.fi/en/services/curriculum-design-at-aalto-university-strategy-and-policies )

Course basic information

How to write course description

Language of instruction and study attainment (pdf)

How to write course syllabi
NOTE:A syllabus is composed for every course and published on MyCourses no later than three weeks before the course begins

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Mark the course information in the Curriculum Planner, the information appears on the MyCourses page and course page in https://courses.aalto.fi/.

Teaching periods for the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 (aalto.fi: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/teaching-periods )
Teaching is divided into five periods (I -> V). In Periods I to IV, the last week is always an evaluation week.

Academic timetable planning (course timetable) (aalto.fi: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/academic-timetable-planning )
Academic timetable draft is the timetable of the previous academic year to which the teacher in charge can suggest needed and justified changes. These suggestions are gathered from the departments and teachers at the same time with updates (additions, deletions and changes) to course portfolio and course descriptions. Thus, the teacher in charge can submit all information regarding the upcoming curriculum period at the same using the same tool, the new Curriculum planner.

Course implementation from teacher's view (aalto.fi: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/course-implementation-from-teachers-view )

Tools for course descriptions:

CURRICULUM PLANNER (link: https://curriculum.aalto.fi)
Open for course descriptions until 2 January 2020 and for study events until 14.2.2020.

Tool for updating course descriptions and academic timetables. Brief guidelines for teachers in charge, 04112019 (pdf)

MyCourses
A syllabus is composed for every course and published on MyCourses no later than three weeks before the course begins.

Responsible persons in charge of curriculum planning

The curriculum planning of the programm is led by the program director and the professor in charge of the major subject.
The planning officer / coordinator will collect the curriculum planning information of the programm to the Degree Programme Committees.
The curriculum will be decided by the Academic Committee for Engineering (IAK).

Responsible persons in charge

Changes to a currently valid curriculum

At Aalto University, the curricula are valid for two academic years. Careful and strategic degree-programme design and long-range planning of resources
can avoid having to make changes to the curriculum in the middle of the two-year period.

Cases where a change to a valid curriculum is justified and viewed as unavoidable are decided by the academic committee having decision-making authority over the curriculum.
The preparatory body is the degree programme committee with preparing the curriculum for the academic committee.

Changes to a currently valid curriculum (aalto.fi-site: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/changes-to-a-currently-valid-curriculum )

General regulations and instructions of Aalto University

Aalto University General Regulations on Teaching and Studying (Into: https://into.aalto.fi/display/ensaannot/Aalto+University+General+Regulations+on+Teaching+and+Studying )

Aalto University Examinations Guidelines (Into: https://into.aalto.fi/display/ensaannot/Aalto+University+Examination+Guidelines )

Aalto University guidelines on the languages of degree and instruction (Into: https://into.aalto.fi/display/ensaannot/Aalto+University+guidelines+on+the+languages+of+degree+and+instruction )

Rules and instructions for studying and studyinghttps://into.aalto.fi/display/enopinnot/Academic+policies+and+regulations (Into)