- Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Name of the study programme: Internet of Things
Degree title: Bachelor of Engineering
Extent of the study programme: 240 credits, 4 years
City: Kuopio, Finland
Mode of teaching: Full-time, on Campus
Study places: 30
Studies begin in the end of August 2020
The B.Eng Degree Programme at Savonia UAS aims at developing experts in information technology with the specialisation in Internet of Things. You learn to face continuous change at the global technology field and be sensitive to the requirements set by international partners. As a Savonia B.Eng you will become especially skilled in the application and service development in digital health and industrial internet sectors which makes you an asset for example to small and medium-sized companies going global. When you graduate, you are able to operate fluently in multicultural teams and guide your team towards objectives. Savonia B.Engs work in service and product design, research and sales and other international activities.
Student selection of Internet of Things is based on either the SAT test or the entrance exam:
An applicant must inform on the application if he / she will take the SAT test and / or participate the entrance exam. If an applicant is participating the entrance exam he / she must also inform where he / she will participate the entrance exam. All eligible applicants who have informed on the application form that they will participate the entrance exam, will get the invitation to the entrance exam by email. An applicant can participate to the student selection in both ways by taking the SAT test and the entrance exam.
SAT test is not required if you participate the entrance exam in China or in Finland. If you cannot participate the entrance exam, you have to take SAT test.
Savonia UAS requires a minimum score of 400 from Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and 400 from Mathematic. Only new SAT scores taken after 1 March 2016 are accepted. Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not accepted. The SAT test result must be available at the Savonia UAS Admission Services by 8 April 2020. More information on SAT test.
The entrance exam in Shanghai China
The entrance exam in Shanghai China is arranged on 27 February 2020 and is common for Savonia UAS options Mechanical Engineering, Internet of Things and International Business. Structure of the entrance exam depends on which Savonia UAS options the applicant has applied to. Parts 1 and 2 are common for all applicants. In addition, part 3 is compulsory for applicants of Mechanical Engineering and Internet of Things, and part 4 is compulsory for applicants of International Business.
Structure of the entrance exam:
> If the applicant has applied to International Business, he/she will participate in the parts 1, 2 and 4.
> If the applicant has applied to Mechanical Engineering or/and Internet of Things, he/she will participate in the parts 1, 2 and 3.
> If the applicant has applied to International Business, Mechanical Engineering and Internet of Things, he/she will participate in the parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Applicants must pass all the parts of the exam in order to be selected for admission. Applicants scoring below the minimum points for any of the sections will fail the exam.
Savonia UAS is not co-operating with other UASs and therefore the result of the entrance exam is accepted only at Savonia UAS. Savonia UAS will not accept the entrance exam result of any other UAS.
The entrance exam in Finland
Students are selected based on a national foreign-language entrance examination for technology. All eligible applicants are invited to the entrance examinations. Invitations to the entrance examinations will be sent to the email address indicated in the application. Universities of applied sciences engage in cooperation where targeted universities of applied sciences using entrance examinations included in the same group of examinations accept entrance examinations completed at another university of applied sciences. The examination location may not be changed. You will find the lists of universities of applied sciences involved in cooperation for entrance examinations in connection with the application guidelines specific to degree programmes.
A national entrance examination in the field of technology will be organised on 2 April 2020. The entrance examination is a written three-hour examination. It measures study skills and suitability for the technology sector as well as English skills. Applicants shall prepare themselves for the entrance examination by getting to know the degree programme curriculum. The English-language test is mandatory for all, and it will be considered either approved or rejected. Only applicants completing the language test successfully may be selected. The test is common to all applicants regardless of their prior training. The use of calculators for the entrance examination is prohibited. The result of the entrance examination will be valid during the current application period. Applicants must obtain at least 10 points out of the maximum 40 points in the entrance examination.
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Content of Studies
Each year has two assigned themes. During the first term of studies, the studies will cover issues in natural science, mathematics, physics and languages. This is done by working in cooperation with a partner organisation from the surrounding environment. The students will form teams around SMEs in cooperation with Savonia, and start getting to know the various phases needed for carrying out a project. These skills cover basic knowledge of different fields of ICT.
The second term continues with development of applications within IoT. The student gains a profound insight into the successful implementation of IoT applications. Students will go through team building phases and become familiar with multicultural working teams and methods. The students are also expected to apply ICT knowledge to practice within the partner organisation and to be able to share their understanding to fellow students. At the end of the year, the students will have a comprehensive understanding of the entire ICT systems of IoT as a foundation to develop their professional career.
During the second year studies the students will focus on essential internationalisation skills. First, the students will learn how to use the tools for software development and analysis in Big Data. Second, the students will put these skills and understanding into use, again together with local organisations, within the theme of preparing for training periods and projects.
The third year students will focus on adapting professional level tasks in programming and electronics, wireless and cloud technologies. As skills and understanding grow, the students perceive the evaluation and development of demanding IoT applications professionally. By this stage the students' management and leadership skills will grow to meet the demands of international level of profession.
Fourth year is reserved for the thesis, training and business intelligence possibilities of IoT. Skills are deepened in cloud computing and analytics. The skills gained in previous years are sharpened in the thesis and project work.
Structure of Studies
The studies for a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology comprise 240 ECTS. According to the curriculum one academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS, which is equivalent to 1600 hours of a student’s work load. The studies consist, among others, of lessons in class, distance learning and independent studies as well as web-based learning and internship. The studies include working life oriented research and development activities.
The thesis at Savonia is always work related. This gives you a good opportunity to networking with professionals in your field during your studies, and often the thesis turns out to be a starting point for your career.
The thesis emphasises the cooperation between you, working life and the UAS – from choosing the topic to setting the goals and to actually doing it. During the process you show that you are capable of working independently in recognising, evaluating and solving developmental challenges in working life. Professional reporting and communications skills are required as well.
Your work-related thesis can be:
Your thesis process will be supported by engineering studies, thesis seminars and methodology workshops. You can do your thesis independently or in a group.
It B.Eng will work, among other things, in project or sales engineering duties or research and related tasks. You will also have the skills and competences needed to become an entrepreneur.
Our B.Eng -groups are multinational and -cultural by nature, so you will get accustomed to an international work environment from day one. In addition, the B.Eng programme itself is designed for internationalisation. Close cooperation with our international partners brings you in contact with people and organisations outside Finland, making it possible for you to compare views, share knowledge and work side by side on projects by using technology-based communication tools as well as meeting in person.
Student exchange is also a natural and recommended part of your second-year studies, and internships (basic and/or professional) could take you anywhere in the world.
Our selection of language studies is substantial, complemented by the offerings of University of Eastern Finland. Cross-cultural studies provide a good basis for your personal experiences in all aspects of internationality.
Savonia is active in developing the surrounding community via, among others, student projects, joint research projects and various development programmes. The cooperation with the local working life is highly valued and based on long-term relationships. Also the joint activities with the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia UAS bring a variety of options for our students. International aspects are dealt with in a close network of foreign partner institutions, covering exchange, internships, projects and joint or double degrees.
Our B.Eng programme is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses in their internationalisation efforts. You will work on various work-related research or developmental projects of SMEs during your studies and gain valuable insight into industrial or digital health world.
Possibilities to continue studies after graduation
A B.Eng degree is an internationally recognized and approved qualification. A B.Eng graduate is eligible to apply to continue theoretical studies at most universities world-wide. Often the following Master’s degree can be completed in 2 years, depending on the field of study and the student. However, should you wish to continue your studies to the Master level at a university of applied sciences, you will be directed to start your working career to gather 3 years of work experience before entering a Master’s programme.
Our whole programme is conducted in English apart from mandatory languages courses in Finnish (for foreign students) and in Swedish (for Finnish students). Please note that you are not expected to be perfect when you start your studies – your language skills will improve while doing engineering studies. The multicultural learning environment with students speaking various languages is the best way of preparing for the challenges of engineering field of IoT.