The curriculum is a tool of planning the studies and teaching for the student and the teacher. It is used as the basis of the PSP, i.e. the personal study plan. The curriculum depicts the development of the student’s competence towards expertise.

The competence required in each degree programme is defined in the curricula. The curriculum describes the structure of the studies.

The degree structure consists of core competence and complementary competence modules. The learning outcomes of a module describe the learning outcomes of the entire competence area. The studies in a module can be implemented either as study units or projects, which have their own, more specific outcomes.

Core competence modules lay the foundation for the competence required for a degree and ensure expertise in the field. In addition to core competence, the student selects complementary competence studies to his/her degree. Complementary competence can include another degree programme’s core competence studies. Complementary competence deepens or expands the student’s competence and gives the student the opportunity to build an individual degree.

The study offering is planned each semester. Specific details on study units are then provided in the implementation plans, which include the contents, evaluation criteria and methods, and the schedule and language of instruction.

The curricula at Laurea University of Applied Sciences are competence-based and adhere to the European and national qualifications framework. Competence-based means that the learning outcomes are described in such a way that they explain what the student is expected to know or do to gain a passing grade. Learning outcomes can also be related to the attitude reached. The aim of the structure of the curriculum is that recognition of previous learning as part of the degree is flexible. The curricula are evaluated and developed regularly, taking future competence needs and the views of working life and students into consideration.

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