SISU credit plan is one part of the doctoral personal study plan (DPSP) including also; 2) research plan; 3) supervision plan; 4) financing plan; and, 5) career plan. The other parts of the DPSP will be done in another system next autumn when that system is ready to be taken into use.
Why do I need a SISU
SISU credit plan (in the system called simply study plan in Sisu) enables study planning, registration for courses and is the basis for composition and printing the degree certificate and for graduation. You can register for teaching from 9.8.2021 in Sisu. Graduation will be applied for in Sisu as of 25.5.2021. If you are graduating after 25.5.2021 you Graduation requests are submitted via Sisu. You need to create make SISU credit plan in Sisu first even if your study plan has been confirmed and courses completed earlier.
The degree certificate is formed on the basis of the SISU credit plan, so it is not possible to apply for graduation without Sisu a SISU credit plan.
How to create a SISU
Step 1. Log in to Sisu at sisu.aalto.fi
Step 2. Open Structure of
studies at the top of the page
Step 3. Create a new SISU
Create a the new study plan by clicking the New study plan button
and under "My educations" choose choose your doctoral programme.
- you You can choose from the existing educations you have study right to
- curriculum Curriculum period: choose the academic year in which you have started or the more recent one
- notice Notice that your research field may not be available in the most current structure
- You can name your plan as you like
Basis for your plan looks A basic doctoral study plan may look like this.:
I have both a licentiate and doctoral study right in Sisu
. How do I find the correct one for the SISU credit plan ?
If you have both licentiate and doctoral study right in Sisu, you can find the right structure of studies the following way (for technical reasons, both programmes are named the same, but they differ by code).
If you want to create a SISU credit plan for licentiate degree:
Start creating the new study plan and choose My educations, type in the programme name "Aalto doctoral programme in ... " /Sähkötekniikan tohtoriohj... and choose to one of the alternatives below.
The field Learning opportunity tells you which one you have chosen, licentiate or doctoral
You can also check if you've chosen the correct one from the degree programme code, ; for licentiate degree id includes an L
Step 4. Choose study modules
for your degree
In the doctoral programme there are two parts: Degree studies and Extracurricular studies.
Under Degree studies you can find only compulsory study modules. Sisu guides will guide you on what you need to choose.
- The selection assistant shows the which selections have been made selections (tapped to blue in this case(the toggle switch turns blue when clicked on)
In many cases doctoral students may want to complete other than non-degree studies to complement their degree. These studies can be included under Extracurricular studies. These studies first need to be in your study plan so you can register for the coursesthem.
NOTE! Remember to delete these studies from your study plan before submitting the Request for graduation, these studies as they are not included to in the degree certificate.
Step 5. Choose courses
for the study modules
In doctoral degree degrees most of the study modules require approval for the module of their content. In A study module there can be include compulsory, optional elective and free-choice courses. Sisu guides you to make the choices in the The Sisu selection assistant window (on the right) guides you on how to make the selection.
The research fields are in the degree structure by curriculum period,/academic andyear. sinceSince the research fields have varied from one academic year to another, it is important to choose as basis of your plan the academic periodyear in which theyour right to study has begun as the basis for your planbegan. The degree structure is the same in all curriculum periods, but research fields may vary.
ForIf example, if your study right has begunbegan in April 2018, you can choose the curriculum period 2017-2018 or a later one. However, your research field may not be available in the more recent degree structure.
Courses with varying scope
If a course in your HOPS has a varying scope in credits (e.g. 1–10 ECTS credits), you can confirm the scope you have selected on the Completion methods tab of the course info sheet. Please see more detailed instructions.
When to use study draft
If you are in planning to do course/study outside Aalto or some individual study attainments (book exams, summer schools, conference presentations...) you can include them in to the plan by making a study draft(s). Study drafts can then be conditionally accepted to your SISU credit plan.
If you have already studies/course registered, you do not need to make a study draft but to add the completed study/course to your plan.
Individual study completed
If the individual studies are already completed and registered, you can see them in the register and add them to your plan. At this point do not use study drafts if the course is completed.
This allows you to include any courses you want and request for approval. Also your completed courses (custom credit courses too) can be added this way.
Study drafts / custom credit courses (formerly Individual study attainments ) and needed information
When making study drafts or applying for custom credit course (individual study attainments), the application should include certain information in order to be approved and later registered.
Step 6. Free edit mode
Free edit mode is a stage where you can suggest changes to your SISU credit plan (e.g. if you have received an exemption ). Changes always require approval.
Finally, apply for approval and include your justifying reasons for the changes.
Step 7. Approval for study module
When all the choices are made correctly, the button Approval for module content approval activates if the approval is required.
In the selection assistant (right side window) you can see the approved content by clicking "Show"
Step 8. If you need to change the module content after approval
Sometimes the plans change. If you change the content of approved module, Sisu gives you notifications of "Selections against the rules" and "differs from the content of the approved application". It also notifies what is the content that does not correspond to approved content (marked yellow in the example).
All applications are saved, so you can check previous ones later if needed.
Step 9. Choose Doctoral thesis / licentiate thesis
Choose thesis according to your research field. Usually the thesis and research field codes are formed on same basis, in this case ELEC002Z refers to acoustics also in thesis.
Extracurricular studies (NOT included in the degree)
Sometimes there are courses recommended to doctoral students to complete that are considered as extracurricular studies. In order to register for these courses they need to be in your SISU credit plan.
This study module does not need approval nor is it evaluated. Completed courses will show on your study transcript but not in your degree certificate nor in its attachments.
What if I already have licentiate degree and need only doctoral thesis to complete the doctoral degree?
Instructions under preparation!
How to update Sisu credit plan if it is invalid?
Sisu is a developing system and some adjusting is done to degree structures from time to time. Unfortunately this might some times "break" plans made earlier and make them invalid. Sisu gives notifications when your plan does not match the current structure duechanges or choices made in the plan (see the notifications below).
How to update the plan?
When Extracurricular studies study module was added to the structure on 26.3.2021, plans created before that are in invalid state "Selections against the rules".