Complementary studies allow students to further define their professional profile based on their personal interests. The BBA in Business Information Technology programme offered by Lahti University of Applied Sciences is centred around digital services related to business administration and information and service management, and their design, development, utilisation, deployment and integration into the enterprise architectures of organisations. In digital services development, special attention is paid to environmental impacts and good user experience.
The degree title is Bachelor of Business Administration. The programme qualifies graduates for various roles in private sector organisations and for public sector positions that are open to candidates with a relevant degree from a university of applied sciences.
Suitable postgraduate options include programmes offered by science-focused higher education institutions such as master's programmes in computer science, economics, and business administration. Graduates who have gained at least three years of work experience can continue onto a master's degree programme at a university of applied sciences.
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In the first stage of the programme, the focus is on core competences. During the first year of study, students familiarise themselves with the basics of business administration and the utilisation of related applications. In addition, they learn common techniques used in ICT, such as web production, programming and data security.
In the second year of study, students develop advanced expertise required in ICT systems building, such as skills related to data warehouses and service businesses. In addition, students can start to develop in-depth expertise in areas such as development of web applications using agile methodologies.
In the third year of study, students focus their learning on personal areas of interest, such as eBusiness solutions or the acquisition and deployment of information systems, familiarise themselves with working life development methods and entrepreneurship, and develop skills through work placements.
In the final autumn term, students take in-depth study in subjects such as the role of ICT in the service sector and undertake a thesis designed to respond to real-life workplace requirements.
During the programme, students apply theoretical knowledge in practice in various ways. Self-initiative, collaboration, innovativeness, creativity, multicultural skills and the ability to present solutions to other people are given emphasis.
Courses can be done in several ways. Students learn independently by working in groups of different sizes both in contact sessions and in virtual communities. During the programme, students participate in projects implemented in cooperation with local workplace organisations and in different types of development projects. The programme includes a practical training period which carries 30 ECTS credits and allows students to build their expertise by working in real-life workplace settings.
The programme is comprised of modules which include ICT studies as well as core competencies of other fields, such as interaction skills, languages, business management, well-being services, service expertise, etc. The business information technology courses are delivered jointly in the Monitori learning community by students and staff of the Business Information Technology Programme and the Faculty of Technology Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The community maintains active network contacts with the labour market and international partners by training practice-oriented and innovative ICT professionals.
Students undertake a thesis in the final stage of the programme. Theses can be research or action-based projects. Each student selects the topic of the thesis based on his or her professional goals. The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate ability to work with a responsible and long-term approach, make justified choices and produce reliable data. Theses are linked to working life context and they can be used as "calling cards" when seeking career opportunities. Each student is assigned a supervisor to support the thesis process
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