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Degree Programme in Construction Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering, 240 ECTS


Insinööri (AMK), Bachelor of Engineering

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Xamk - the students' university of applied sciences

The high-quality, contemporary education offered at Xamk is implemented in close
cooperation with the working life. Worklife-oriented education enhances your skills of lifelong learning and you are given the competences required in developing society and the working life. You can study during weekdays (weekday-based study path) or speed up your studies by taking weekend courses or online courses (time-saving path). You can integrate on-the-job learning in your studies (work-integrated path) and also include courses that the other degree programmes on all Xamk campuses have to offer. The core competences of your degree also include entrepreneurship, digital technology and Russia studies. Personal guidance to support your studies and health care services are available on all campuses.

Employment and career opportunities

Construction Engineering graduates are employed well in a particular area of engineering and design offices, construction companies, engineering and construction of production control tasks. In addition, engineers are employed in the property management industry (technical property management, health research, etc. functions), as well as construction management tasks. Entrepreneurship-oriented graduates are usually found employment in construction management or engineering sector. Also an international career is possible, if you have the interest and adequate language skills.

You will have the opportunity to continue your studies at Master's degree in building construction by carrying out Master's degree (civil engineer (Master's degree)) or master's degree at the University. Open University of Applied Sciences offers studies without applying for a degree student in your own or in another sector.

Curriculum objectives

The objective of the Xamk curriculum is to guarantee you the know-how required in the working life. Student-oriented learning, quality, competence demand of the working life and flexibility are the crucial aspects of the curriculum.
The core of the competence-based curriculum forms a study structure which allows you to make personal choices to build your own career path. The flexible progression of your studies is made possible through year-round course implementations, online studies and integration of work and studies (formalisation of learning).

Degree programme learning outcomes

In the field of construction, a competent professional competence need to be verified. Instructions issued by the various authorities and guiding industry regulations are taken into account while designing the Construction Engineering Curricula. Also, the competence elements (knowledge, skills, attitude) are deepen during your studies.
The core elements of construction engineering studies will give you a theoretical capability to apply for the design of conventional structures, after the validity of the required work experience is accumulated.
Professional studies are focusing on the basic properties of building materials and applications, as well as the most common structural systems. You will learn how to read construction drawings and to produce them in software environment (like CAD, computer-aided-design). Project management methods and tools used in building projects will be familiar to you during your studies. Basic engineering skills include a solid mathematical and scientific literacy, too. Perceiving customer needs and objectives, as well as the quality of construction and issues related to the safety of the building as part of the processes are also part of your studies.
Complementary skills on the third and fourth study year are divided into either structural engineering or building production studies. The structural engineering studies focuses on design excellence, including wood, steel and concrete structures design. House building and building production aim is the house structural systems and the production of building construction. Complementary studies provide you an advanced theoretical knowledge, as well as labor management qualifications for demanding structures. These qualifications can be applied after adequate work experience has accumulated.
Common emphases in the XAMK degrees (entrepreneurship, digitalization, expertise in Russian) are included in mandatory studies and can be drilled down through wide range of optional studies. Optional languages, as well as studies related to managerial and leadership skills support compulsory studies.

Degree studies

Real-life working relationships and work life learning projects are part of your studies and professional development and they are important for your future employment, too. By means of projects, you will learn about the companies and other stakeholders in the region and identify the opportunities they offer during your studies. In addition, studies include excursions, factory visits, visiting lecturers, and so on.

In Construction Engineering studies, weekly-based schedule provides you with over three and a half years of classroom instruction under the supervision of professional instructors. At the beginning of the studies, you will acquire the basic skills required for technical studies while at the same time decomposing the basic studies of building engineering and structural engineering. In addition to theoretical studies, there is a lot of practical exercises, exercises in measuring and laboratory work, as well as various group work and independent learning tasks, supported by various IT solutions. In groups and independent learning assignments, you are encouraged in independent information gathering and processing and goal-oriented teamwork.

You have the opportunity to speed up your graduation by including the Thesis into the fourth year autumn schedule. Utilizing previously acquired skills and knowledge can also shorten the total duration of your studies. If you are working during your studies, you may be able to complete some parts of your studies in an integrated way.

Teachers strive to promote meaningful learning and to help develop personal motivation. The learning process strives for open interaction between you and the professor. However, as a student you have a primary responsibility for your own studies and learning. You succeed when you have the desire to learn the knowledge and skills required in your upcoming career and also to practice them. The cornerstone of your learning is participation in teaching and activity and the ability to work independently.

Assessment

The aim of the assessment is to support your learning and make it visible. The assessment is focused on the accumulation of knowledge, skills and competences. These are defined in the European and national frameworks of reference (EQF and NQF). Xamk uses an EQF and NQF application (assessment guidelines for students' know-how and skills (bachelor's level) in the assessment of your studies. Courses are assessed on a scale of Fail/1 - 5 or pass/incomplete. A grade of 1 is given for a satisfactory achievement.
The module assessment is conducted through qualitative methods, for example, self-assessment, peer assessment or assessment discussion led by the teacher. Modules are not assessed with grades. Instead, the aim is to help you acknowledge the comprehensive development of you competencies.

Student counseling

Student counseling supports your professional growth in acquiring the skills necessary in the working life. The counselling supports you at the different stages of your studies and improves your individual and independent learning skills. You are encouraged to make responsible and independent decisions in your studies.
Your personal study and career plans are build on the objectives of the degree programme and on the knowledge and skills acquired in the past. You will evaluate your progress and update your personal study plan at counselling meetings that take place at least once a year. In these meetings, your career plan, course options, practical raining, thesis and international studies are discussed.
You do not need to study again what you already know. In order to save time, you can demonstrate and get a recognition for the previously acquired skills, allowing you to focus on learning new skills and gaining new knowledge from your studies. Prior learning is valuable and can be made visible through the recognition process. You can apply for the recognition process if you have acquired degree-related competence in other educational institutions. If you have acquired degree-related competence at work or in your free time, you can apply for a proficiency test. It is essential that the previously acquired skills meet the aims of the degree programme and the particular course. Work experience gained during studies can also produce relevant learning. This learning can be integrated into your studies (formalisation of learning at work) provided that you have made an appropriate plan and agreed on the integration in advance. In this way, work practice and theoretical knowledge interact.
A course called Professional Growth supports your studies allowing you to discuss and reflect on the goals and progression of your studies and grow professionally by interacting with other students and teachers. Partners from the working life have a significant role to play as part of the studies are implemented by means of co-operation projects, practical training and thesis writing.
At the early stages of your studies you will be guided by tutor students. These senior students will familiarise you with the study facilities, practices and student community at Xamk and show you around the city where you are studying.
Your well-being is very important for all of us. During your studies, you have the support of the entire Xamk staff. There is a student affairs office and student health care on all Xamk campuses.

Xamk is a comfortable, communal and safe educational environment.

Learning environments

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. (hw, mk)

Regardless of pedagogical method in use, the E-campus e-learning environment (eg. Moodle) is the base element to utilize in teaching and learning. Group work and sharing of files is flexible with online tools, and professional digital environments can be used. Project based learning is used from the first year of the construction engineering studies. In addition, a RDI projects can be integrated into learning.
Adult Education is organized by exploiting the student's work conditions in a special focus on e-learning, which is essentially independent of time and place. Lecture recordings can, if necessary, review the details of the teaching via Acrobat Connect- and Moodle e-learning environment.

International perspective

The students of Xamk have good opportunities to gain international experience. Students have a possibility to study abroad in a partner institution of higher education or do practical training in a company/ organisation or do both. The length of the student exchange period is often one term, during the second or third year of the studies depending on the degree programme. The aim of the student exchange is to improve students’ abilities to work in ever increasing international market and find employment after graduation. Student exchange is essential for the activities of a high-quality educational institution, promoting the students’ professional growth and expertise. Alongside interesting courses, spending time abroad also brings you new experience, new friends, improves your language skills and increases your confidence. Xamk has a wide network of international partners. There are over 300 partners in almost 40 countries. It is possible to apply for student exchange in every degree programme.
Being international at home means completing degree studies or part of them in English. The English-language study groups include international students. Xamk has five degree programmes implemented entirely in English on bachelor level: Business Management, Information Technology, Environmental Engineering, Game Design and International Business. International Summer Term studies are arranged in English between May and August. Being international at home is a good alternative if student exchange is not possible.
In the strategy of Xamk, Russia expertise is defined as an area of specialisation. Therefore, the core studies of every degree programme include Russia studies related to the interests of the particular field. In addition, you may enhance your Russia expertise by choosing supplementary Russia studies.
The language studies available at Xamk, apart from the mandatory language studies, include German, Spanish, French and Russian. Each language can be studied for the extent of 5 to 15 ECTS credits. Versatile language skills make it easier to operate in the international field and are often a great advantage when applying for a job.

Quality evaluation and development

Quality is valued at Xamk, and the staff and all students are involved in the development process. The focus is on constantly improving the quality of teaching and councelling, keeping the learning environments interesting and the content of degree programmes relevant.
We collect a significant part of the feedback data used in the development processes with surveys targeted at our students, our staff and interest groups. As a student, you play an essential role in the development of your degree programme. During your studies, you respond to several surveys. The course feedback, both mid-term and end-term, is a part of the Quality Management System as well as the preliminary survey upon admission and the education development survey and the graduation feedback questionnaire at the end of the studies.
The staff and the students discuss the feedback on different feedback forums, where they can agree on new actions and discuss the impact of earlier development measures. These forums serve as a means to voice the students’ opinions about Xamk operations and plans for development.

You can find more information about the evaluation and development of quality on the students’ intranet, Student.

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