Quality from the Student’s Perspective
From the perspective of students, the most important elements of quality in university operations are good education and learning, a good learning environment, smooth and flexible study opportunities, and well-being during studies. On the part of faculties and the university, particularly important quality management methods include annual planning, utilisation of feedback and statistics, and continuous curriculum design.
Students involved in quality work
Students can participate in curriculum design, development of education and quality control by
- giving feedback,
- reflecting on their own learning and its goals, and
- participating in the various bodies and working groups of the university, faculty and degree programme as a student representative.
Information on the degree programmes’ feedback systems is available on the separate pages of specific degree programmes. Information on the rights, obligations and responsibilities of students and their opportunities for contribution and participation can be found in the Acting within the university community section.
The general quality goals of education at the University of Tampere
- Recruiting gifted and motivated students who study in an active, systematic and determined manner.
- During the bachelor’s degree phase, the studies are multidisciplinary and wide-ranging and students can select studies across faculty boundaries. After the bachelor’s degree, students can smoothly transition to a variety of master’s degree studies. The degree education is implemented in three degree cycles according to the Bologna process.
- Faculties plan their education as a whole in accordance with the principles of lifelong learning. Those requiring education to supplement their degree do not generally apply to become degree students. Instead, they take part in the academic continuing education provided by the university.
- The joint planning of education and the flexible ways of completing studies increase the students’ opportunities of participating in education and ensure that all resources (teachers, rooms and information) are used more efficiently.
- Instruction and academic counselling is arranged to enable the smooth progress of studies in such a way that students complete their degrees within the statutory time limit.
- Graduates find employment in positions aligned with their degrees and proceed to become responsible citizens with successful careers.
The attainment of the quality goals is assessed based on a diverse range of information
- completed course units in the student information system, information regarding degrees, other statistics based on the student information system and, in the future, by utilising the national data pool of institutions of higher education,
- student feedback and student questionnaire materials including feedback on courses and study modules, university’s student questionnaires and nationwide feedback from bachelor’s degree students,
- career and employment follow-ups and employer feedback, and
- separate analyses and studies, as necessary.
Based on the assessment, development targets are prioritised at the university, faculty and degree programme level, along with describing the measures to develop education and its quality in relation to annual planning and curriculum design.
Quality management of education
The University of Tampere provides the highest level of education based on research. In terms of quality management with regard to education, the key procedures to ensure this are as follows:
- The teachers conduct research and follow the latest research developments in their fields.
- Students are educated in the principles, ethics and methods of scientific research.
- Students familiarise themselves with research activities and practice the process of conducting scientific research.
- The education utilises the methods of enquiry-based learning and steers students towards critical thinking and the critical assessment of information.
- The instruction is also based on scientific information concerning learning and education.
Good study practices
According to good study practices, the coursework comprises scientific research or obtaining the skills required for it and it must adhere to good scientific practices along with the ethical principles of studies and research. This is ensured by providing ethical guidance for studies and instruction on good scientific practices.