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Oulu University of Applied science is one of the largest universities of applied science in Finland with approximately 9,000 students, including around 240 international degree students. The number of incoming exchange students annually is approximately 280. Wikipedia.

Stenius A.,Oulu University of Applied Sciences
Global Journal of Engineering Education | Year: 2016

This article is based on recent national development projects in Finnish higher education in the construction branch and the author's long-term experience in directing those projects. Finnish higher education institutions have been required by the Ministry of Education and Culture to increase their engagement with working life to ensure that study programmes meet the requirements of industry, and because of ineffective teaching performance [1]. Improving the co-operation between working life and educational institutions will improve graduates' opportunities for gaining employment by ensuring the compatibility between education and the needs of working life [2]. Working life-based study consists of study content development, working life influence and anticipation of future practices. It will ensure that real working competencies are developed by students and will improve employment [3]. Finnish higher education institutions have autonomy concerning their study programmes, study contents, and learning environment and practices. Co-operation with working life is mentioned in most institutions' strategies, but its realisation is varied [1]. © 2016 WIETE.

Isomursu M.,VTT Technical Research Center of Finland | Ervasti M.,VTT Technical Research Center of Finland | Kinnula M.,University of Oulu | Isomursu P.,Oulu University of Applied Sciences
International Journal of Human Computer Studies | Year: 2011

This paper proposes a method for understanding and modelling human values in the evaluation of new technology in social settings, and analyses the validity of the proposed method in a specific use case. The method, which is based on the Schwartz universal model of human values adopted from social psychology research, is used in the context of value analysis of the adoption of a technology-supported attendance control system in a primary school. The results are based on an evaluation of a 14-week trial where two classes of elementary school children used an attendance control system that was implemented using networked technology components, including smart cards, NFC-enabled mobile phones and card readers, a web portal, and SMS messaging. The findings from the trial are analysed from the viewpoint of three end-user groups, namely children, parents, and teachers. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Ojala P.,Oulu University of Applied Sciences
WSEAS Transactions on Information Science and Applications | Year: 2010

The purposes to use quality gates in software development are many. Quite often companies see that the usage of quality gates improves their overall efficiency, effectiveness and output quality of software delivery chain. They also see that the usage of quality gates helps them to make things right at once by not skipping quality assurance actions. This paper defines quality gate model for a software company. As well it shows that even quality gates might be in place they are not always followed because of a business reason. Companies can forget their well structured quality gate systems when business reason justifies it. The results of neglecting quality gates might lead to a situation where software asset output is not trusted anymore and quality is not known. In a longer run quality gate system seems to be as good as human being who is keeping it. This paper discusses about the most typical software development quality gates in an industrial context. As well it gives reasoning why these gates are usable and defines general criteria for each of them. Paper notifies that even quality gates are in place, they are not useful if not followed. The theoretical discussion in this paper is constructive and follows the constructive research method. Industrial experiments are explained using a case study method.

Paatalo H.,Oulu University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the 43rd SEFI Annual Conference 2015 - Diversity in Engineering Education: An Opportunity to Face the New Trends of Engineering, SEFI 2015 | Year: 2015

In this research it has been found out that there is a good entrepreneurial potential available. A big part of students would like to have more information about the entrepreneurship. Many of them have been thinking of entrepreneurship as a career option. It is obvious that all students will not come to the profession of an entrepreneur after their graduation. Still, there are many students who are interested in it and willing to learn more about entrepreneurship. This positive attitude is really valuable for the nation because entrepreneurs are the ones who can achieve more assets for their region. These people should be recognized and activated to study entrepreneurial skills. This should be taken into consideration while developing the education of engineers. It is crucial that the management of the university is aware about that and willing to make effort to acquire the right type of teachers and directing the curriculum and teaching methods convenient for the purpose. There are evidences that entrepreneurially educated students want to work in SMEs and are setting up businesses of their own more than those who do not have the equal education, as mentioned in other researches as well. An engineer educated in entrepreneurial way is quicker ready to start a business of his/her own because it requires wide understanding about the circumstances where an enterprise is acting. Also, it requires a wide variety of skills to start and run a profitable business which is able to compete globally. During his 30 years of experience in the engineering education at the university of applied sciences, the writer has noticed that the entrepreneurship arises every now and then and becomes popular in the development of the curriculum. When and why, depends on the thoughts of the current management and the economical atmosphere and discussion in the society around. When savings are needed, the entrepreneurship is suffering because the focus is then set on pure technology. In the last years the entrepreneurship has been in the focus of the strategy of the university. The real execution has caused resistance among the elder teachers whose background is in bigger companies and purely in design and technology, not having any entrepreneurial background. This phenomenon has been presented by Zappe & al. as well [12]. In many quarters there are positive attitudes to achieve entrepreneurship among the engineers. The society around needs more working places, more tax incomes, more export and above all, enterprises that are the only actors to achieve the possibility for those. The strategic objective of the Oulu University of Applied Science includes entrepreneurship. There are good possibilities to widen and sharpen the entrepreneurial education of engineers.

Stenius A.,Oulu University of Applied Sciences
World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education | Year: 2013

This article is based on, and bears the same title as, a licentiate degree thesis at a Finnish university of applied sciences (polytechnic). Considerable changes have been seen in construction production education during the last decade following the discontinuation of the lower degree in construction education at technical institutes in 1996. Compensatory education in the form of a Master's level degree in building was introduced in 2006, and this has led to changes in construction engineering in the construction production. This study was derived from construction production projects and site management's tasks and duties, and from these, the professional skill requirements and corresponding learning requirements were determined. Based on these requirements, it was possible to determine the profiles for professions, following the existent degree programmes. Elementary instructions for curriculum development at universities of applied sciences were created based on this study. © 2013 WIETE.

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