Educational Development in the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Feedback system

This page features information on the feedback system for degree-oriented education at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

General feedback can also be sent to luo.info@uta.fi.

In matters concerning the feedback system, you can contact the Faculty’s head of study affairs.

The description of the Faculty’s feedback system below is divided into the following sections:

How and why is feedback collected?

The collection of feedback is part of the processes of self-assessment, quality management and the development of teaching and education. The aim is to use feedback to streamline education to ensure that the relevant competence goals are achieved in a manner that is meaningful to the student and efficient from the perspective of teaching arrangements. The Faculty strives to build a culture that motivates students to give feedback and encourages discussion about it among and between teachers and students.

Students can give feedback on the Faculty’s operations at meetings held between student associations and staff. In addition to this, course-specific feedback on the content and implementation of individual courses can be submitted on feedback forms; this feedback is used as the foundation for the continuous development of teaching. Feedback is collected by many means through informal meetings and gatherings, teaching and instruction sessions, HOPS guidance and thesis supervision. The giving and processing of feedback can also be integrated into coursework.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences uses the University’s shared course feedback system. A description of the course feedback system and the related instructions can be found on the University’s Intranet.

The Career Services unit collects feedback from graduates and collates employer feedback in the process. Employer feedback is also obtained through internship reports and surveys arranged in conjunction with curriculum design.

The University organises joint student surveys each year for second-, third- and fifth‑year students. The Finnish Bachelor’s Graduate Survey (Kandipalaute) covers all those who have completed a bachelor’s degree. The results are utilised especially in academic counselling. Employment and career follow-ups are also arranged on a regular basis.

In addition to this, the Faculty uses statistical data from the University’s information systems as feedback. The statistics are compiled using the management information system on the University’s Intranet. The University’s IT and Study Services provide statistical information and feedback regarding student admission. In addition to this, a variety of faculty-specific materials is collected to support the preparatory needs of working groups.

Analysis of the feedback

Feedback is processed by and in the context of the Faculty’s steering committee, education steering group, curriculum design for degree programmes and master’s degree programmes, and other meetings and performance reviews.

The persons responsible for degree programmes and master’s programmes are in charge of collecting and utilising student feedback and addressing any problems observed. Ultimately, matters regarding student feedback are the responsibility of the dean.

Teachers and supervisors are in charge of collecting feedback from their own courses and supervised students. The responsible teacher collects the feedback, compiles it and handles relevant communications to students.

The most important parties involved in the preparation, decision-making and implementation related to basic degree studies are the Faculty Council, dean, vice‑dean, education steering group and the heads of the degree programmes and academic counselling. In addition to this, separate steering groups are appointed for education that is organised in cooperation with other universities. The head of study affairs and the coordinator of international education prepare administrative matters, and the study coordinators prepare matters pertaining to degree programmes.

Use of the feedback, communications and documentation

In accordance with the Faculty’s feedback system, students must be informed in advance about the collection of feedback and its purpose as well as the content and effects of the feedback.

The feedback is utilised to develop teaching activities and assess operations. The feedback can be used to improve teaching arrangements and learning environments.

The development needs arising from feedback and assessments are taken into account in the preparation of the Faculty’s plan of action, curriculum, teaching schedule and student admissions.

Feedback processing is documented in the meeting memoranda of the education steering group, degree programmes and master’s programmes, among other documents.

Indicative annual schedule

The indicative annual schedule of the feedback system is described below.

A more detailed description of the annual schedule of the feedback system for degree-oriented education has been compiled into a separate annual schedule document (LINK)

  • August–September
    • Student admission statistics
    • Degrees and completions of 55 credits
    • Preparation of the operating and financial plan
    • Get-together for students
  • October–November
    • Collection of feedback on period I courses
    • Degrees and completions of 55 credits
    • Study statistics (20 September) and results of the University’s various student surveys
    • Student get-together, student association meetings
  • December–January
    • Collection of feedback on period II courses
    • Degrees and completions of 55 credits
    • Transition from bachelor’s to master’s studies, study progress (third-year follow-ups)
    • Get-together for students
  • February–March
    • Initiation of teaching schedule and curriculum guide work, summaries of student feedback and reports
    • Collection of feedback on period III courses
    • Degrees and completions of 55 credits
    • Self-evaluations of degree programmes
    • Feedback on initial guidance and orientation, and planning of initial guidance for the autumn semester
    • Get-together for students
  • April–May
    • Collection of feedback on period IV courses
    • Degrees and completions of 55 credits
    • Get-together for students, group feedback or degree programme feedback days, student association meetings
    • Staff performance review
  • June
    • Degrees and completions of 55 credits
    • Assessment of the realisation of the plan of action

Curriculum design

The curriculum design efforts are led by the Faculty’s joint education steering group (Kohry), which is chaired by the dean. The group’s duties cover education activities as a whole, including doctoral and supplementary education. Kohry also serves as the Faculty’s Student Admissions Committee and Postgraduate Study Committee. The group includes the persons responsible for studies, the heads of HOPS, student representatives and experts in study services. Kohry members are listed in the Groups section of the Faculty website.

The persons responsible for the curriculum design of degree programmes can provide additional information on its progress at the programme level. The curriculum design is led by each degree programme director, while the study coordinator serves as the secretary. Correspondingly, the doctoral programme’s curriculum design is led by the person responsible for the doctoral programme, and the secretary is the head of study affairs.

Degree programme for Mathematics and Statistics

  • Degree Programme Director Lauri Hella, Study Coordinator Ville-Matti Erkintalo
  • Master’ studies and programmes: Lauri Hella, Eero Hyry (Mathematics), Jaakko Peltonen (Statistics/CBDA), student members: Lydia Isokallio and Heidi Mikkola

Degree Programme in Computer Sciences

  • Degree Programme Director Kati Iltanen, Study Coordinator Heli Rikala
  • Master’ studies and programmes: Erkki Mäkinen (TIM), Martti Juhola (CBDA), Zheying Zhang (SDE), Markku Turunen (HTI/COMS); student members: Marja Ahonen and Arttu Nevalainen

Doctoral Programme in Interactive Technology

  • Responsible person Professor Erkki Mäkinen (Professor Eero Hyry for the 2017 autumn semester), Head of Study Affairs Taru Koskinen; student member: Raine Rönnholm

Tampere3 curriculum design

  • Dean Kati Iltanen (Computer Sciences) and vice-dean Eero Hyry (Mathematics and Statistics) are the contact persons and heads of the design efforts.