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S TUDY GUIDE 201 4-15 3 –201 4

Lahti University of Applied Sciences

Faculty of Technology



Master's Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering

60 ECT cr






Master´s Degree in Environmental Engineering



60 ECTS ,   credits ,   1 . ,5 years


The d uration of the degree is from 1 years to 2 years depending on student’s personal study plan. All advanced professional studies as well as research methods are offered during the first academic year.




Working in the field of urban planning today is a demanding task for the professionals.

New working skills and understanding of multidimensional environmental projects are needed.

The new programme is intended for to those who have working experience from the field and want to

improve their skills and professional knowledge of on environmental issues. The education covers includes

the following subject areas:

1. Urban planning and collaboration 2. Climate change and its environmental impacts

3. Environmental management 4. GIS in environmental planning and research

5. Environmental technology and research

The new degree programme provides a professionally oriented orientated and international knowledge base

to meet the for challenges in modern urban planning. The professionals in on the field today need more

information based on environmental sciences, as well as environmental science based information and working skills in contemporary planning processes.


The focus of universities of applied sciences is on advanced work-oriented teaching and on applied research and development. Thus learning assignments and the research-oriented development project of the programme are implemented closely to the student's own work and organization or the thesis can be carried out with the projects run by the university.


The degree programme provides students with a higher university of applied sciences degree – Master of Environmental Technology – which produces the same qualification for public and private positions as an academic master’s degree from traditional universities.


The obligatory courses for all the students in the programme   are   in the programme are for all the students Research process and research methods, Urban and community communicative planning and Master´s thesis and research seminars. The student is able to choose courses from other Master’s Master Programmes in LUAS (Lahti University of Applied Sciences) or in other FUAS universities (Häme UAS and Laurea UAS).


Learning outcomes of  Master’s degree programmes at Universities of Applied Sciences


At Universities of Applied Sciences, the Master’s degree comprises advanced vocational studies, elective studies and a final thesis or final project.


Studies leading to the Master’s degree provide the student with

broad and advanced knowledge and the skills for developing the professional field and the theoretical skills for working in demanding expert and leadership positions in the field;

a profound understanding of the field, its relation to working life and society at large as well as the knowledge and skills needed for following and analysing both theoretical and professional developments in the field;

the capacity for life-long learning and the continuous development of one ´ s own expertise;

good language and communication skills required in working life; ‘

  and the knowledge and skills needed to function and communicate in the field internationally.

The aim of advanced professional studies is to provide the student with an opportunity to deepen the application of theory in practice, analytical skills, project management skills, and participation skills in research and development as well as social skills.


The aim of the final thesis or project is to develop and demonstrate the capacity to apply researched information and use the chosen methodologies to analyse and solve problems as well as to develop the capacity for independent expert work.


University of Applied Sciences Master's degrees represent level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework, EQF. The reference levels within the EQF are based on learning outcomes described as knowledge, skills and competences.


TABLE 1. Learning outcomes relevant to level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).


Learning outcomes


H ighly specialised knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of knowledge in a field of work or study, as the basis for original thinking and/or research.
Critical awareness of knowledge issues in a field and at the interface between different fields.


Specialised problem-solving skills required in research and/or innovation in order to develop new knowledge and procedures and to integrate knowledge from different fields.


Manage and transform work or study contexts that are complex, unpredictable and require new strategic approaches.
Take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice and/or for reviewing the strategic performance of teams.


In the Finnish National Framework for Qualifications and Other Learning (NQF) , the learning outcomes include five components: 1) knowledge, 2) work method and application, 3) responsibility, management and entrepreneurship, 4) evaluation, and 5) key skills for lifelong learning.


TABLE 2. Learning outcomes relevant to level 7 in the Finnish National Qualifications Framework (NQF).


Learning outcomes


Understands comprehensive and highly specialised concepts, methods and knowledge corresponding to the special competence in his/her field, which are used as the basis for independent thought and/or research.
Understands questions pertaining to the field and interfaces between various fields and evaluates them and new knowledge critically.

Work method and application (skills)

Possesses the capability to solve demanding problems in research and innovation activities, where new methods and procedures are developed and knowledge from various fields is applied and combined.

Responsibility, management and entrepreneurship

Possesses the capability for independent work in demanding expert duties in the field or as an entrepreneur.
Possesses the
  capability to manage and develop complex, unpredictable and new strategic approaches. Possesses the capability to manage work and/or people.

Eval u ation

Possesses the capability to evaluate the activities of individuals or groups. Possesses the capability to accumulate knowledge and practices in his/her field and/or take responsibility for the development of others.

Key skills for lifelong learning

Possesses the capability for continuous learning.
Knows how to communicate verbally and in writing both to audiences in the field and outside it.
Possesses the capability to communicate at an advanced international level and to interact in one official language and at least one foreign language.




Learning methods


The studies are part-time studies and can be completed alongside a normal day job. Full-time study is also possible. Study methods include cooperative learning processes, independent work, contact lessons, e-learning, seminars and a research-oriented development project  (30 ECTS) leading to a master’s thesis. Each course includes an average of four day contact lessons. The contact lessons take place during the intensive weeks according to a separate schedule mainly   in Lahti . A part of the studies will be offered in co-operation with the other Master’s Degree Programmes of Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences (FUAS).






60 ECTS credits



Academic Year





Framework of the studies 10 ECTS cr

07MET105E Research process and research methods 5 cr ects


07MET205E Urban and interactive community communicative planning 5 cr ects















Managing environmental changes 1 5 ECTS cr


07MET305E Climate change and its environmental impacts 5 cr


07MET405E Environmental management 5 cr


07MET605E Environmental technology and research  5 cr















Managing environmental changes 20 ECTS


07MET305E Climate change and its environmental impacts 5 ects


07MET405E Environmental management 5 ect s


Elective studies 1 0 ECTS cr


07MET505E GIS in environmental planning and research 5 cr ects


07MET605E Environmental technology and research  5 ects


07MET805E Future workshop 5 cr ects




















Academic Year





Master’s Masters thesis and research project seminars 30 ECTS cr


07MET730E Master´s Thesis 30 cr ects















Competences constitute extensive competence areas, which in this context describe competence, performance potential and the ability to carry out professional tasks. Generic competences are competence areas shared between different subjects, although their specific features and role may vary depending on the profession or task. Generic competences form a foundation for participating in working life, cooperation and the development of expertise.


TABLE 3. Recommandations for generic competences for Master level programmes, given by Arene ry

General competences

Description of the competence, Master level

Learning competence

  • is able to self evaluate and develop one’s expertise in a versatile and focused way
  • is able to retrieve, analyze and produce information and evaluate it critically from the point of view of different fields
  • is capable of taking responsibility for collaborative learning in a target oriented way

Ethical competence

  • is able to take responsibility for the actions of a community and for the consequences of these actions
  • is able to apply the ethical principles of the subject field as an expert and as a developer of working life
  • is able to make decisions considering an individual and the community
  • is able to contribute to the principles of equality in working life
  • is able to contribute to the principles of sustainable development and social responsibility
  • is capable of leading socially influential activities based on ethical values

Working community competence

  • is able to develop the operations of a work community
  • is able to develop multidisciplinary communication and interaction in working life
  • is able to utilize information and communications technology in one’s work
  • is able to create networks and partnerships
  • is capable of management and supervision tasks and is able to improve activities in complicated and unpredictable environments
  • is able to work as an expert or entrepreneur and has abilities for management and supervision tasks

Innovation competence

  • is able to manage research,development and innovation projects and masters the methods of research and development work
  • is able to manage project work
  • is able to create new information and improve existing working methods by combining expertise from different fields
  • is able to develop customeroriented, sustainable and profitable solutions

Internationalization competence

  • is capable of international communication in one’s work and in the development of operations
  • is able to operate in international environments
  • is able to predict the effects of and opportunities for internationalization development in one’s own field







Framework of the studies 10 ECTS credits



The  students Student  

- understand s the complexity of the field of urban planning

- understand s current research and planning methods as means to provide updated and critical information to the planning process

- understand s   long-term longer transition processes in urban settings like urbanization and urban sprawl, and also understand s   also the impact of global and local trends and their impact on in societies

- are is able to get an overview of different RDI methods and is able to choose and adapt suitable methods in their one´s thesis work

- develop s   their one´s knowledge base on urban issues in a wide sense





The student

- understands the main principles of qualitative and quantitative research and the methods used in them their methods .

- is able to use the guidelines for thesis work

- is able to choose and adapt suitable research methods in thesis work and understands the empirical and ontological ground of a thesis project

- is able to carry out development of research projects as one´s thesis work

- develops information knowledge search methods including the possibilities of professional groups in social media.

- develops thesis work by connecting its main elements in assignments of this course


The guidelines of the thesis work in UAS. Introduction to different environmental research projects and their methods including qualitative and quantitative methods. Search for information knowledge by using library services and e-materials as well as using professional networks in social media. Principles of scientific writing. Student’s Students own thesis work, research plan, choice of research methods and empirical material, how to process the results of the research and make conclusions.


Lectures, assignments,     working in the web.


To be defined later.






The student

- understands contemporary phenomena phenomenons like urbanization and urban sprawl, transitions in urban areas, energy efficiency in planning, climate change and its effects, collaboration of professionals and stakeholders

- understands current theoretical discussion of planning including the role of the planner and the planning profession

- understands the use of EIA and its different aspects in the planning process

- is able to evaluate recent planning processes, their management and arrangement of participation in the processes

- develops own understanding and professional attitude in environmental issues

- develops applications from a theoretical background into practical situations


Contemporary phenomena phenomenons in urban areas, urbanization, global and local perspective. Sustainable planning, introduction and evaluation of current projects. Theory and practice   practise of collaborative planning. The role of the planner, theoretical perspectives and practices. EIA in planning.


Lectures, group discussion, assignments and building of common database on urbanization, project presentations and evaluation.


To be defined later.

Sustainable Planning, Communicative Planning, Planning theory.



Managing environmental changes 20 15   ECTS cr ects



The s S tudent

- understands different aspects of the viewpoints of environment and its transitions in urban areas

- understands global and local scale transitions and their interaction in the environment

- is able to collect current environmental information and apply it into practice practise  

- develops an understanding of complex environmental challenges and their possible future solutions or scenarios





The s S tudent

- understands carbon cycle and climate change issues

- understands the impacts of the EU EU impacts on reduction of carbon emissions in the future and their consequences

- understands current possibilities for climate change mitigation in urban settings

- is able to search for information and scientific research results concerning t he climate change topics

- develops applications of mitigation in urban settings


Current research results and understanding of the climate change as a phenomenon including the carbon cycle. Urbanization as a global challenge in planning of the built environment. Possibilities and challenges in mitigation of climate change in urban areas. Urban floods and storm   water management. Possibilities to manage carbon emissions on in different levels; national, regional and local.


Lectures, assignments,   working in the web.


Archer, D. 2006. Global Warming. Blackwell Publishing.

Chiras, D. 2005. Environmental Science. Jones and Bartlett .  

Emmanuel R, Baker K. 2012. Carbon Management in the Built Environment. Routledge .




The s S tudent

- understands the impacts of environmental legislation on in   the policy and actions of organizations organisations´ policy and actions

- understands the environmental management system in different organi z s ations

- understands the requirements of environmental impact assessment connected to major building projects

- is able to present case study studies applications of environmental management



Overall view and main topics concerning environmental legislation. Environmental policy and operative acts of an organization Organisation’s environmental policy and organisations´operative acts . Responsible business Organi z s ational structure and responsibility: training, communication, documentation requirements and document control, operational control and emergency preparedness and response actions. Use of the environment, environmental problems and pollution caused by effective usages. Remediation of contaminated sites. Examples of developing brown fields as urban regeneration projects in European countries. Environmental monitoring and impact assessment in major projects.



Lectures, assignments,   working in the web.



To be defined later.

ISO 14001 standard.





The s S tudent s  

- understand s the possibilities of using GIS in environmental research and planning

- understand s the rapid change and current possibilities to use and combine GIS -   based information for different needs and situations

- understand s the use of GPS and principles of production of own GIS information

- are is able to work with a program connected to GIS use and production

- develop s their   one´ s knowledge base and abilities to use GIS in RDI projects


How GIS is used today in urban and environmental research and planning. Spatial analyses based on GIS. Introduction to ArcGIS program and its use in planning. Examples of data bases available in Finland and internationally in international level , including open access data bases. Open access GIS programmes. Legislation concerning GIS information and its availability.



Lectures, assignments,   practical training.



To be defined later.





The s S tudent

- understands  possibilities of using environmental friendly techn ology ical solutions in urban setting s

-   understands   current research top ics in environmental scie n ce and technology the field and needs for future research

- is able to collect information on of different technologies and evaluate their impacts in future planning process

- develops the planning process by appl ying current resea r ch issues into a practical case ications of the field to existing situations



Current issues in environmental and energy research including storm   water and waste water management, waste management and remediation of contaminated sites   (in situ) . Possibilities of renewable energy sources and use in the future including solar, thermal and wind energy. Evaluation methods of energy efficiency in buildings and urban areas and current development in the field. W aste collection, transportation and recycling systems in urban settings. Clean tech technology solutions in an org aniz is ation’s communication (green-ICT) .   – contemporary research and practical applications (green ICT etc.) in business sector. Responsible business, Waste treatment and possibilities to recycle different types of waste.  Developed systems of waste collection and transportation in urban settings.  Site visits in different organi z s ations and enterprises in Lahti.  


Lectures, assignments,   working in the web.


To be defined later.



07MET805E FORESIGHT METHODS AND FUTURE WORKSHOPS  5 ECTS (uusi nimi – koodi vanha; sisältö yhdessä LTL MIB-ohjelman kanssa)


The course increases understanding of the theoretical base of futures and its history, the perspectives used in futures studies and consideration of different transition processes. After successful completion of the course students can recognize and explain prevailing megatrends on a global level including the interaction and work community changes between the global business environment and Finnish society. Students can apply various foresight and future study methods as well as compare and interpret the effects of change both on society and on individual levels. Having successfully completed the course students can, by using foresight methods, apply and make potential society structure forecasts for Europe and Finland, and can make a change forecast and change strategy for their organization.
Changes in the society, megatrends, weak signals, foresight methods.
Pre- assignment(s), lectures, virtual learning, and learni ng assignment(s).
This course will be produced and taught together with Degree Programme in Entrepreneurship and Business Competence, Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering of Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Degree Programme in Business Management and Entrepreneurship of HAMK University of Applied Sciences. A part of the contact days are organized at HAMK in Hämeenlinna.

Indicated by the lecturers.





The s Student s  

- understands the theoretical base of future s study research and its history

- understands the perspectives used in future s study research and consideration of different transition processes

- are is able to use some main working methods of future s study research and produce a case studies base d on them

- develops their own thinking and working methods for futures study by future research

- develops their one´s thesis work by using futures study with the use of future research



Theoretical principles of future s study research and possibilities to adapt working methods in current environmental challenges. Urbanization now and in the future. Human behaviour, social relations and communication in history and in the future. Innovative means of using future s study research in environmental planning. The role of the built environment and the green environment in the future.



Lectures, assignments, working in the web.



To be defined later.


Master’s Masters thesis and research project seminars 30 ECTS cr



The s S tudent

- understands the goals of the thesis work and its process and the importance of tutor guidance in the process

- is able to plan design the work process and suitable working methods

- is able to work independently and collectively in the process

- develops the thesis applying representing a professionally competent and logical approach to the field







The s S tudent

- understands the character and scientific demands of the RDI work as a Master´s thesis in the programme

- is able to define the target of the work and choose the suitable methods for it

- is able to use critical evaluation evalu l ation concerning the work process, the results and the conclusions

- develops new planning solutions or environmental / technological applications in urban settings or evaluates the current situation in different environmental sectors / urban planning



Choosing the relevant research methods for the task, background or framework of the study, research plan design , using analytical tools, report writing and oral defense of different presentations in seminars.



Research seminars:

Topic analysis seminar

Field research results seminar

Publication seminar



To be defined later