Academic Issues

Courses

Courses are allocated credits on the basis of the requisite workload. 1 credit contains 27 hours work. The average input of 1 600 working hours needed for studies of one academic year corresponds to 60 credits.  The amount of credits given for the course must be a whole number.

Students have to register for the courses. This can be done on-line using WebOodi (https://oodi.aalto.fi). Registration for courses begins 60 days before the course begins. Since the practice may vary depending on the course, it is necessary to search information on the course registration in advance from Noppa (https://noppa.aalto.fi)

Examinations

If the degree requirements of a course involve a written or oral examination, a minimum of two possibilities must be arranged for taking the examination each year. To that end, the university organises evaluation periods, which are confirmed annually when confirming the teaching and evaluation periods. Additional opportunities for taking examinations may be provided at the discretion of the teacher. Examinations of extensive courses may consist of two or more parts. As regards courses with a large number of students, it is recommended that examinations are held four times a year.

Examinations are organised according to the valid degree requirements specified at the beginning of the course. Examinations for courses to be removed from the curriculum shall be organised at least in the academic year following the removal. If the student wishes to take an examination for a 3 course for which the degree requirements are no longer valid at the time of the examination, the student shall agree on the examination with the teacher.

Obligatory registration

Students must register for an examination no later than one week before the examination is organised. The list of students registered for the examination is checked before the start of the examination, and only the registered students are let in the examination hall.

Study register

All completed courses are registered in the student register of Aalto University. The office of the degree programme responsible for the course takes care of registration.

Teachers are responsible for checking the examinations within one month from the exam date and of submitting the results to the Degree Programme Office as soon as possible. The Degree Programme Office is responsible  for taking the course grades to the student register as soon as they are available. The final grade of the course is registered in the student register only when the course is completed.

Students can order an unofficial transcript of records through WebOodi: https://oodi.aalto.fi/a/ provided that the student’s e-mail address is correctly entered in the student register.

Completed courses , Academic Appeals and the Student’s Right for Information

According to the University Act (558/2009) 44 §, the student is entitled to know the evaluation criteria applied to passing a course. The student shall be guaranteed the opportunity to examine the written or otherwise stored grading of the course. The mentioned written or otherwise preserved material has to be stored for at least six months from the publishing of the grades. Courses are evaluated on the basis of one of the two grading scales: A scale of fail/1/2/3/4/5, where 5 is the highest grade, or the grade pass/fail.

A student dissatisfied with the grading of a study attainment or a thesis or with the decision concerning recognition of prior studies or transfer of credits may apply for a rectification of the decision. Guidelines for academic appeals can be found from Aalto University Degree Committees page on Aalto Inside: https://inside.aalto.fi/display/aallosta/Academic+appeals


Evaluation and Grading

The methods used for evaluating learning are the following (e.g.):

Examination
The most common evaluation method is a written examination. In addition to the traditional written examination , other exams, such as a pre-exam, an oral exam, a web exam, a material-based exam and a multiple-choice exam may be used. On some courses, the testing may consist of two or more examinations.

Other Evaluation Methods
The teaching methods, such as portfolio, learning diary, demonstration, exercises, written tasks and project assignments can also be used to partially evaluate the course.

Grading
Grading is based on evaluation. The teacher in charge of the course shall evaluate the student’s work. According to the degree regulations, the teacher is obliged to publish the list of grades students within one month of the date of the examination. An extension to this timetable may be granted only in special circumstances. Examination results are mainly published in Noppa-portal, sometimes on the notice board.

In the higher university degrees, including the Master’s thesis, the grades used are excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), very satisfactory (2) and satisfactory (1). Courses can also be assessed as pass/fail. The maturity test included in the theses is assessed as pass/fail.

Recommendation and Limitation to the Duration of Studies

The Finnish University Act (558/2009) includes recommendations and limitations to the duration of studies. The duration of studies is counted from the date the student accepts the study place in the university. The recommended time to complete a Master of Science degree is two years of full-time studying.

The student has a right to complete his/her degree in two years after the recommended time. If the student has not completed his/her degree in that time, he/she can apply for extension from the school. The extension period should be applied  for in the beginning of the student’s last academic year before the study right expires. The extension period will be decided by a Dean.

Further information about the duration of studies is available at https://into.aalto.fi/display/enmastereng/Aalto+University+policy+on+extension+to+duration+of+studies


Credit Transfer

By decision of the school the student may transfer credits awarded by other Finnish or foreign universities or institutions as well as compensate for requisite studies with other studies of the same level. Transferring credits on the basis of demonstrating requisite knowledge by other means is also possible. Credits for a thesis may not be transferred. Transfer of credits is applied for by filing a written application.

The transfer of credits for a course or a Study module is marked into the student data register so that the place of earning the original credits is visible. The original grades given for the transferred credits are transformed to comply with the grading scale used in the degree programme of the student, if correspondence can be clearly demonstrated. In other cases, the transferred credits are assigned the grade of ‘pass’.


Feedback

Feedback usually refers to the information students or teachers receive on their performance. Feedback provides information about the performance outcome and it can be used in evaluating whether the set goals have been met. Feedback can be used as a tool for developing both the students’ and teachers’ activities. Learning to give and to receive feedback is part of studying.

Student feedback is used as a tool to develop teaching and course content. It is important to give constructive feedback in order to assist the teachers to discover targets for development and assess how the course has been perceived by the students.

Course Feedback

Feedback can be collected before the course, during the course and after the course- The online feedback system is Webropol. The system retrieves course information from Oodi and creates a feedback form to Webropol based on the Oodi information  Students who have registered to a course will get a link to open a survey. Time to answer is two weeks.

Feedback is also collected from all the graduates.


Information systems

WebOodi (https://oodi.aalto.fi)

The registration system for examinations and courses is called WebOodi. In addition, the students can use WebOodi for:

  • browsing the study programme information
  • planning studies
  • ordering course handouts
  • checking and ordering their unofficial study transcript
  • checking and changing their contact information

MyCourses (mycourses.aalto.fi)

A new learning environment for student's course activities. MyCourses includes course workspaces that teachers can use to send out announcements, share materials, receive student submissions, grade and give feedback. A calendar for the course events is based on Oodi events (lectures etc.). A discussion forum for students and teachers is found in the default workspace.

Into (https://into.aalto.fi)

Into is a portal for Aalto University students for information and instructions relating to studies, Aalto services and the news of the University. In Into you can find, for instance, the calendar of the academic year, graduation schedule, degree programme news and events at Aalto University. Services (e.g. Library, IT Services, CareerWeb) also have their own site. You can start browsing Into by selecting your School under the title Bachelor and Master’s Students or Doctoral Candidates.

In addition, there are also some interactive tools for studying:

StudentWiki (http://studentwiki.aalto.fi )

Blogs (http://blogs.aalto.fi )

Connect Pro (http://connectpro.aalto.fi )

 More information about all information systems for learning is found in opit.aalto.fi -wiki.

Libraries

The Aalto University Library operates at three campus areas:

  • Arabia Campus Library (design and arts)
  • Otaniemi Campus Library (technology)
  • Töölö Campus Library (business).

There are also additional department librairies in Otaniemi Campus.

Campus Librairies are open for all customers, and the basic services such as borrowing and information services are for anyone to use. Some of the services are only for students, staff or individual schools of Aalto University. For the most part e-resources are acquired for the use of the whole Aalto University.

Campus Librairies provide services on the spot and via the web.

Further information about services, opening hours, collection databases, electronical materials, research databases etc are available at:

http://lib.aalto.fi/en/.

Academic Rules and Regulations

The Aalto University has adjudicated regulations, decisions and instructions concerning studying and completing studies and degrees. They are put in place in order to ensure the equal and just treatment and protection of rights for all members of the academic community.

All these rules and regulations can be found as concerted from Into-website:

https://into.aalto.fi/display/enmastereng/Academic+rules+and+regulations 

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