Master’s degree programmes at Xamk are provided by Master School. Master School is a multidisciplinary, international and change-oriented learning and RDI environment. You can choose from a number of different learning paths to develop your expertise and skills and promote your career.
Graduates from Master School are experts in understanding and recognising changes in work environments. At Master School, you have the opportunity to study in multidisciplinary learning and development environments that are closely linked to work-related development and innovation. You can flexibly choose courses from the selection offered by Xamk’s Master School.
Your teachers provide guidance and counselling, encouraging critical thinking, argumentation and generation and application of new knowledge.
Master’s degree in building services engineering is working life oriented degree the aim of which is to provide sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to work as a specialist or expert in the technical field. Today’s working life poses various demands for specialists in technical field and the degree programme in building services engineering gives the students many capabilities to be able to meet the needs in national and international level. The aim of the programme is to provide the students with many sided specialization in building energy sector, in indoor climate questions and also in tasks that demand special attention to the sustainability of technical solutions and processes. The degree meets the requirements of higher university degree in public organisations.
The general and programme-specific learning outcomes and the process of students’ professional growth and learning are specified in the curriculum of the university of applied sciences. The curriculum is based on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Level 7 corresponds to the knowledge and skills achieved by completing a Master’s degree. The curriculum is based on the needs and development of the world of work and the overall strategic choices of Xamk.
The competence-based curriculum consists of the programme’s learning outcomes, modules and courses. The objectives, contents, teachers, learning and teaching modes, arrangements, work required, timetables and evaluation methods for courses are specified in implementation plans. The implementation plans provide the foundation for students’ personal study plans (‘HOPS’ in Finnish) and individual choices. In addition, they provide the basis for fruitful co-operation between students representing different fields of study.
The objective of the building services programme is to deepen the knowledge in the energy efficiency of buildings, and also the development of the built environment. The programme includes the definitions of nearly zero-energy building concept, guidelines and regulations, and also technical solutions. Different technical solutions are studied and compared with the help of a dynamic simulation programme and students learn to calculate energy consumption, power demands and energy indicator (E -number) of nearly zero-energy building. You will learn to evaluate the outcomes of energy efficiency measures to the indoor climate in the building. You will be able to look at the buildt environment at various levels and from different perspectives and you will have good capabilities to develop product, process and service innovations that fulfill the principles of sustainable development.
The competence developed through the degree programme is divided into core competence and supplementary competence.
Core competence (must know) comprises the knowledge, skills and aptitude required of graduates by employers. All graduates should possess this competence. In addition to this, supplementary competence is necessary for deepening or expanding the core competence. Core competence is developed through programme-specific advanced professional studies and the Master’s thesis. In degree programmes of 90 and 60 credits, core competence accounts for 60 and 50 credits, respectively. The thesis (30 credits) is included in core competence. Core and supplementary competences are specified at the module level.
Supplementary competence (should know) deepens and/or expands core competence. Supplementary competence allows students to specialise in a certain area. Supplementary competence is acquired through advanced professional studies that are common for all degree programmes in Master School. In degree programmes of 90 and 60 credits, supplementary competence accounts for 30 and 10 credits, respectively.
The curriculum consists of programme-specific core studies (30 credits), supplementary studies common for all programmes (30 credits) and a Master’s thesis (30 credits), which is a development project.
In accordance with your personal study plan (HOPS), you may choose supplementary competence courses as follows:
1) courses common for all Master School students, including research and development studies, leadership studies, entrepreneurship studies, Russian studies, communication skills training and courses on topical themes
2) core competence courses from other Master’s degree programmes (specifically agreed)
3) courses corresponding to Level 7 provided by other higher education institutions.
Common Master School courses are provided as online courses, courses taught in English, intensive courses and on a blended learning basis. Student groups are multidisciplinary, which promotes the development of your networking skills.
The Master’s thesis (30 credits) is a research or development project. You will study topical questions associated with your field of study and produce development data through research. Thus, the Master’s thesis is always a project that aims to develop the work environment, workplace or field of industry/business.
The degree programme is built on the European (EQF) and National (NQF) Qualifications Frameworks. Master School is Xamk’s multidisciplinary, international and change-oriented learning and RDI environment.
The studies that develop core competence are specifically designed for each degree programme. This work is led by the person in charge for the program. In building services program the contact person is principal lecturer Marianna Luoma (phone 040 565 8958) together with Taru Potinkara (phone 040 0200 216), who is the head of the degree programme.
The supplementary courses provided are common for all Master’s degree programmes. Xamk’s Master School team together with the persons in charge of the degree programmes are responsible for designing these studies. See the Student intranet for the composition of the team and the persons in charge.
The core competence in the building services engineering programme is energy efficiency of buildings (nearly zero-energy buildings, simulation of building energy efficiency) and the indoor climate.
Common competence map, Master’s degree programmes
Competence map for Master’s programmes
* Learning skills
o can systematically assess and improve their expertise in multiple ways
o can find, process, produce and evaluate information critically and from perspectives of different fields of business/industry
o can take responsibility for the promotion of goal-oriented learning within the organisation
* Ethical competence
o can take responsibility for the operations of the organisation and their consequences
o can apply the principles of professional code of conduct as an expert and developer of the workplace
o can make decisions while taking into account the perspectives of the individual and the organisation
o can promote the principles of equality in the workplace community
o can promote the principles of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility
o can lead socially influential operations adhering to ethical values
* Workplace community skills
o can improve the functioning of the workplace community and promote well-being at work
o can develop multidisciplinary communication and interaction at work
o can utilise information and communication technology at work
o can create networks and partnerships
o can work as a leader and improve operations in complex environments and unforeseen circumstances
o can manage demanding expert, leader or entrepreneur jobs
* Innovation skills
o can generate new knowledge and improve working methods by combining skills from different fields of business/industry
o can lead projects
o can lead research, development and innovation projects and knows research and development methods
o can develop customer-driven, sustainable and profitable business
* Internationalisation skills
o can manage international communication at work and when developing the operations
o can work in international environments
o can anticipate effects of internationalisation and related opportunities in his/her field of business/industry
The pedagogic basis of the education is student orientation, working life orientation, multi-disciplinary approach and development of group work. The student should take responsibility of the
planning of the studies as well as working according to the plans in timely manner. The students are encouraged to share their working life experiences with the group, and to evaluate the situations with others, thus enhancing the common understanding. Working life orientation is especially important in master’s thesis projects that are research and development oriented. The master’s thesis process is started at an early stage of the studies. Looking at the ideas and developing one of the to the thesis topic, planning of the research methods, performing the project as well as reporting are scheduled in order to help the student to work efficiently.
Competence-based curricula require competence-based evaluation.
Your degree programme applies Xamk’s common evaluation criteria for Master’s programmes, from which course-specific evaluation criteria have been derived. Students receive grades for courses in accordance with the degree regulation. Course-specific evaluation criteria can be found in the course description.
The most important objective of evaluation is to inform students of the level of their knowledge and skills and help them to improve their skills. Various assessment methods are used for the evaluation of learning, including course- and module-specific evaluation by the teacher, peer evaluation and evaluation by the employer. In addition, students evaluate themselves. Self-evaluation is part of the process of professional growth which is promoted through guidance discussions between the group tutor and the student.
Guidance provided by the lecturers helps the student to achieve the individual goals and to progress the career path. The student should also be independent and take responsibility of the studies.
The tutor lecturer will help the students to choose most appropriate courses and to do the personal study plan. The thesis process is guided by the principal lecturer in general and the supervisor in more detail during the whole thesis process.
It is also important that the student searches help in Student and contacts the students’ affairs office if necessary.
Xamk offers excellent facilities to support your learning. A significant part of studies take place outside the classroom. Innovation and project environments (e.g. Xinno, Xentre, CampusIT and Logistiikkaverstas Logistics Workshop), different kinds of simulation environments and teaching restaurants, eLearning environments and working-life and RDI projects will facilitate your learning. You can also conduct your studies in two authentic local environments: in the forest and at sea.
Xamk values quality and the improvement of quality is integral part of the work of all staff and students. Xamk continuously improves the quality of teaching, guidance, learning environments and degree programmes.
The feedback collected on a regular basis from students, staff and stakeholders is very important for the quality improvement work. As a student, you have a central role in the continuous development of quality at Xamk. During your studies, you will be asked to answer a number of quality surveys. Course feedback, the entry and development surveys carried out during your studies and the feedback collected at the graduation stage constitute part of our quality assurance system.
Staff and students process quality feedback together on various collaboration forums, deciding on new methods and discussing the effects of previous development measures. These forums provide an efficient channel for students to express their views on performance and planned measures. The figure below illustrates the path of course feedback.
Student Teacher Director of Education
RESPONSE TO FEEDBACK
Our quality assurance system is based on the so-called circle of continuous development, or quality circle: Plan – Do – Check – Act. For more information about quality assessment and improvement, see the Student intranet.