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Natural Resources and the Environment

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Study plan

Yearly theme and competence goals

Description and structure of the degree

The extent of the degree programme in Sustainable Development is 240 ECTS credits and the duration of the studies 4 years. The studies must be completed within at the most one year beyond the extent of the designated time. The studies consist of required common basic studies, basic and professional studies in the degree programme, in-depth methodological studies, elective studies, optional studies, work placement, Bachelor thesis and maturity test. 

Working life readiness and competence developed during the degree programme studies

Sustainable development is a wide social adjustment needed on local, regional and international level. The aim of sustainability is to be able to safeguard worthy life prospects for all living creatures and also the ones yet to born. The aim of our degree programme is to train skilfull entrepreneurs to act in all social forums and sectors - especially in refinement and services - so that the interaction between man and nature would be sustainable.
The didactic objective of the degree programme is to develop the theoretical, operational and interactional preparedness of our students so that they are able to prevent and diminish human-related environmental problems.

Generic competences of University of Applied Sciences graduates

  • Learning competence

    • is able to self-evaluate one’s competences and define his/her development and learning needs
    • recognises one’s learning style orientation and is able to conduct studies independently and develop one’s learning strategies
    • is capable of collaborative learning and sharing knowledge in teams and working communities
    • is able to operate in changing environments and to recognise and utilise available learning opportunities and scopes for action
    • Is able to plan, organise and develop one’s own actions


  • Communicative and social competence

    • is capable of listening to others and communicating in writing, speech and visually using different communicative styles
    • is able to function in the communicative and interactive situations typical of the field
    • understands the principles of group and teamwork and is able to work together with others in multidiciplinary teams
    • is able to utilise information and communications technology at one’s work 

  • Ethical competence

    • is able to apply the value systems and ethical principles of the subject field in one’s conduct and tasks
    • takes responsibility of one’s own actions and works according to the jointly agreed principles and measures
    • Is able to apply the principles of sustainable development in one’s actions 
    • is able to take other people into account to one’s actions

  • Development competence

    • is able to retrieve and analyse information of one’s subject field, to critically evaluate it and to perceive entities in a holistic way
    • knows the basic principles and methods of research and development work and is able to conduct small-scale research and development projects applying the existing knowledge of the field
    • knows the principles of project work and is able to work in projects
    • adopts an initiative and proactive approach to work and is capable of problem solving and decision making at one’s work 
    • understands the principles of profitable and customer-focused operations and possesses entrepreneurial skills

  • Organisational and societal competence

    • knows the socio-economic interdependence of the organisations in one’s subject field
    • knows the possibilities of societal influencing for the development of one’s field
    • knows the basic principles of organisational management and leadership and has abilities for supervision tasks
    • knows the methods of working life and is able to operate in work communities 
    • is able to plan and organise activities 

  • Internationalisation competence

    • possesses spoken and written communicative competence at least in one foreign language necessary for one’s work and for professional development
    • understands cultural differences and is able to work together with people coming from different cultural backgrounds 
    • is able to use international sources of information of his/her own field
    • understands the effects and opportunities of internationalisation in one’s own field

Subject specific competences of degree programme in sustainable development

  • Competence on processes and state of natural environment


    • The student knows the processes of natural environment and can recognize and improve the state of the environment.


  • Competence to promote practices for sustainable development


    • The student can contribute to sustainable development by affecting people’s attitudes and behavior as well as recognize and organize alternative models of operation by which sustainability of environments and civilizations can be enhanced.


  • Competence on planning processes and methods


    • The student knows the principles of planning and developing and can apply different planning methods to practice.


  • Competence on economical steering methods


    • The student knows the economical principles and can apply this knowledge at company and organizational level.


  • Competence on mode of work of the information society and professional development

    • The student is familiar with modes of working in the information society and knows how to apply these in his own professional field.

Studies in the degree programme

The basis of the degree programme is multidisciplinary. It includes natural and social sciences with anthropological additions. The origin of environmental problems is understood as a result of human action, which means that the spectrum of human actions needs to be studied in in order to understand and confront these problems  .

The degree aims to create and use open learning environments and the students are acquainted with local and regional environmental actors and programmes already while studying. Understanding the global nature of environmental issues and the development of international skills is appreciated in the degree programme. There is a variety of internationally oriented studies conducted in English of which the students can choose 15 ECTS. Also all students have the possibility to travel abroad as exchange students or/and tutor foreign exchange students.

The degree programme fulfills principles that give our students the possibility of versatile studies, wide collaborational networking, skills to combine multidisciplinary information and action and the recognition of value-based starting points. The use of distance learning forms alternatives to learning methods.


The student’s commitment to studying - taking responsibility for their learning, choices and future is boosted with student counselling. All groups have their own tutor-teacher who follows the students' development and aids them in finding their best personal methods of learning and building their personal study plan - to help find their path.
The degree programme promotes the birth of projects that serve learning purposes and enables the student’s possibility in participating in developing the degree programme on many levels.

Student counselling is provided by counsellors, tutor-teachers and tutor-students.

Evaluation and feedback

The evaluation supports the development of know-how and gaining needed competencies. The method of course evaluation is agreed in the beginning of each course and is written in the course realization specification. 

The programme uses a variety of evaluation methods to review the quality of the programme content and delivery. The main method of feedback is a Feedback Day which is organized once a year in the spring term. Students’ confidential comments will be analyzed and discussed as part of the developing process of the degree programme. 

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