Bachelor's Programme in Sustainable Development in Industrial Engineering
Programme syllabus, THU1Y
Decisions and guidelines
TEKNAT 2008/375 Guidelines for credit transfer is no longer valid. The corresponding information can be found in this document.
Decision to establish the study programmes
This syllabus was established by the Board of the Faculty of Science and Technology on November 07, 2022 to be applied as of July 1, 2023.
The Bachelor's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Development is established at Uppsala University according to a decision by the Vice-Chancellor (UFV 2019/1104). The programme namne has changed to Bachelor's Programme in Sustainable Development in Industrial Engineering, according to a decision by the Vice-Chancellor (UFV 2021/1274).
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering is called "Högskoleingenjörsexamen" in Swedish.
The programme is stated on the degree certificate as Specialisation: Sustainable Development in Industrial Engineering.
General entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies in Sweden. Also required is:
- intermediate level physics (equivalent of Swedish course Physics 2);
- basic level chemistry (equivalent of Swedish course Chemistry 1); and
- advanced level mathematics (equivalent of Swedish course Mathematics 3c).
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
Aim of the programme
The Bachelor's Programme in Sustainable Development in Industrial is designed to provide Bachelor of Science in Engineering students with the knowledge, engineering skills and approaches necessary for a successful career in industrial engineering. The programme provides broad engineering expertise with in-depth knowledge and skills in how sustainable development can be integrated into the development of future production systems. This includes the integration of digitalisation opportunities in logistics and operations management. Knowledge and skills in industrial management are a central aspect of the programme, where capabilities and skills in areas such as project management, industrial economics, leadership and quality management create the conditions for driving the development of sustainable industries. Throughout the study programme, the students are trained in applying theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills to real-world problems and using computer-based tools for problem-solving in this field.
Learning outcomes for Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering
The Swedish Higher Education Act
The Swedish Higher Education Act contains provisions about the higher education institutions that are accountable to the Government.
Higher Education Ordinance (Qualifications Ordinance)
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering
A Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering is awarded after the student has completed course requirements totalling 180 credits.
For a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering the student shall demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to work autonomously as a graduate engineer.
Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Bachelor in Engineering the student shall:
- demonstrate knowledge of the disciplinary foundation of the engineering field chosen and proven experience in this field as well as awareness of current research and development work, and
- demonstrate broad knowledge in the engineering field chosen and relevant knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences.
Competence and skills
For a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering the student shall:
- demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate and deal with issues autonomously and creatively using a holistic approach and to analyse and evaluate technological solutions
- demonstrate the ability to plan and using appropriate methods undertake tasks within predetermined parameters
- demonstrate the ability to use knowledge critically and systematically to model, simulate, predict and evaluate series of events on the basis of relevant information
- demonstrate the ability to design and manage products, processes and systems while taking into account the circumstances and needs of individuals and the targets for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development set by the community
- demonstrate the capacity for teamwork and collaboration with various constellations, and
- demonstrate the ability to present and discuss information, problems and solutions in speech and writing and in dialogue with different audiences.
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Bachelor in Engineering the student shall:
- demonstrate the ability to make assessments informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical aspects
- demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, including social and economic aspects as well as environmental and occupational health and safety aspects, and
- demonstrate the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and undertake ongoing development of his or her skills.
Independent project (degree project)
A requirement for the award of a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering is completion by the student of an independent project (degree project) for at least 15 credits.
Specific requirements determined by each higher education institution itself within the parameters of the requirements laid down in this qualification descriptor shall also apply for a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
Layout of the programme
Description of the study programme
The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering programmes are coherent 3-year professional qualifications programmes. The programmes contain a large proportion of compulsory courses. The reason for this is to assure the quality of the graduate engineer's professional role through an appropriate foundation in traditional subjects and engineering sciences. During the last year, the proportion of elective courses increases in the form of recommended courses that permit a specialisation. It is possible to replace one or more of the elective courses in the programme with courses from other Master of Science or Bachelor of Science in Engineering programmes in order to broaden the profile or to choose non-engineering courses. The programme concludes with a degree project.
Each academic year is divided into four study periods, two during the autumn semester and two during the spring semester.
Progression in the programme
Progression in the programme involves acquiring both a gradually higher level of skills in the subject area, and a gradual development of the engineer's role and a scientific approach. The study plans for the programme are designed to achieve this in a well-balanced way.
The programme courses
The following in-depth levels are used for the courses in the study plan:
G1N first cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
G1F first cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G1E first cycle, contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
G2F first cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G2E first cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
A1N second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1F second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1E second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
A2E second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
GXX first cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
AXX second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
The programme is made up of different types of courses:
- Compulsory courses - means that the course is compulsory and required for the Degree.
- Non-compulsory courses - the course is not required for the Degree. However, all non-compulsory courses within a recommended study route may be counted towards a Degree without any special decision being required. The courses are part of the study programmes and are the responsibility of each respective programme.
- Elective courses - Courses offered in the study plan in addition to the recommended study route. These courses can be counted towards a Degree without any special decision being required. These courses are not timetabled into the programme, which means that there will be timetabling clashes.
Main field of study Engineering
A course can and should be classified as belonging to the main field of Engineering and if it mostly deals with at least one of the following areas:
- Methods for the development, design, commissioning, verification, use or maintenance of physical systems which have practical uses in satisfying people's desire to improve their living conditions, or the equivalent for components of such systems. Components do not have to be physical, but can also be algorithms or software.
- Methods for the efficient organisation of processes involved in the implementation of the elements in the point above. Examples of courses falling within this category are quality management, operations management and technology-based business development.
A course meeting the above criteria may also be classified as one or more main fields of study, provided that the criteria for this main field of study are also met. A course that mainly concerns another main field of study can and should be double-classified in Engineering if it includes elements that deal with how the main content of the course can be practically applied in an engineering context (defined according to the above criteria). These course components must form a significant part of the course, they must be clearly stated in the course syllabus, taught at a level corresponding to the course's level, and included in the summative assessment. A double classification in Engineering is to be reviewed by the relevant programme boards and the Educational Board of Engineering (TUN) if the course deviates from these criteria.
Common guidelines and instructions for degree projects apply to all programmes in engineering at Uppsala University and identical course syllabuses are used for all Master of Science in Engineering programmes. Forms and instructions for students are available on the Faculty website https://www.teknat.uu.se/education/student-en/.
The courses in the programme are taught in English.
Specific requirements (degree criteria) at Uppsala University
A Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering is awarded after the student has completed course requirements totalling 180 credits including:
- at least 150 credits and all compulsory courses within the study plan for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering programme, and
- at least 90 credits in the main field of study Engineering, including a degree project of at least 15 credits.
The basic principle is that the student must fulfill:
- for every year in the programme outline (year 1, 2, 3): a programme outline for a complete study year, any academic year from anywhere between when the student started the programme to when the student applies for the degree.
- the rest of the requirements in the programme syllabi any academic year from anywhere between when the student started the programme to when the student applies for the degree.
Specific requirements for the programme
When the above requirements are met, 15 credits remain. Of these, at least 10 credits are to be in one of the following main fields of study: Physics, Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Computer Science or Mathematics. The last 5 credits can be selected in any academic subject area. It is Uppsala University's classification of the main field of study that applies, i.e. courses completed at other universities in some cases may be counted towards a different main field of study than the original.
Admission to a later part of the programme
In order to be admitted to a later part of the programme (or specialisation within the programme) the student must:
- fulfil the general and specific entry requirements for the programme.
- have sufficient prior knowledge to be able to follow the programme at the level at which the student is admitted, which means that the student is able to study at least 15 credits from the programme outline (for the semester to which the student is admitted). The other 15 credits are specified in the individual study plan.
- for admission to the spring semester during the first year have 20 credits of courses relevant to the programme,
- for admission to the autumn semester during the second year have 40 credits of courses relevant to the programme,
- for admission to the spring semester during the second year have 60 credits of courses relevant to the programme,
- for admission to the autumn semester during the third year have 80 credits of courses relevant to the programme,
All points above must be satisfied, and the courses completed (modules do not count), at the latest by the deadline for supporting documentation of qualifications (see below). Students can only be admitted to a later part of a programme or a specialisation within a programme if there are available places in the programme in the semester in question.
An individual study plan for the first semester should be established by the programme study counsellor.
For studies starting the autumn semester the application period is 15th of March - 15th of April. Supporting documentation of qualification for the application may be submitted no later than 1st of June (for autumn semester). For studies starting the spring semester the application period is 15th of September - 15th of October. Supporting documentation of qualification for the application may be submitted not later than 1th of December (for spring semester). If the specified dates for the application deadline or completion date fall on a public holiday, the deadline is postponed to the nearest weekday. After the last application day, it is possible to submit a late application until the beginning of the semester. Late applications will be handled in the order they are received.
If the number of applicants is larger than the number of available places according to the dimensioning applicable, the selection criterion of average grade on prerequisite courses from a higher education institution (courses relevant to the programme) is used.
Forms are available from https://teknat.uu.se/education/student-en/
Grading system and assessment
The form of assessment and the grading system are shown in the course syllabus. Information about exam registrations are available at the virtual learning environment (this does not apply to exams at other higher education institutions than Uppsala University).
For more regulations see "Guidelines on working conditions for first- and second-cycle students at Uppsala University" as of 2017-07-01.
Credit transfer and inclusion of courses in a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering
All courses included in the programme's study plan may be included in the Degree without a separate decision. Only certain combinations may be permitted in some cases. Refer to the programme syllabus under the section Specific requirements for the programme. Courses that are not included in the programme's study plan can only be included in the Degree subject to a credit transfer.
According to the rules in the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6, Sections 6-8) students entitled to transfer the credits awarded for a course or study programme at another higher education institution within or outside the country. The student may also credit equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in professional activities. Credit transfers can contribute to specific entry requirements and selection for advanced courses. Credit transfers can also be used in applications for re-examination by the Degrees unit. If the student is granted a credit transfer for a whole course, the successfully completed course is always written into the student's Degree certificate.
Decisions on credit transfers from courses completed in Sweden are made by the programme coordinator or programme head, delegated to make such decisions by the Faculty Board, for courses equivalent to an entire course (when the student has completed an entire course equivalent to an entire course in the study programme). For part of a course or crediting of tests, the decision is made by the examiner for the course (when the student has completed an entire course equivalent to part of a course; or part of a course equivalent to an entire course or part of a course).
Decisions on credit transfer from courses completed abroad are made by the Degrees unit, delegated to make these decisions by the Vice-Chancellor. The student applies to the Degrees unit for credit transfer by submitting documentation to Student Services Ångström. Application forms are available from http://teknat.uu.se/student.
Credit transfer can be of two kinds: where a course replaces a compulsory course for the Degree; and credit transfer where a course can be included in a Degree without replacing a compulsory course.
A course credited against a compulsory course is counted towards the degree requirements:
- If the completed course has a lower or equal number of credits compared to the equivalent compulsory course: the credits for the completed course.
- If the completed course has a higher number of credits than the equivalent compulsory course: at least the total credits for the compulsory course and it most the credits for the completed course. This depends on the degree requirements for the programme.
An individual assessment is always carried out. Course components with overlapping content cannot give credits to the same degree. Where there is overlap, the corresponding credits are not included in the degree. There may be programme-specific limitations on credit transfers from courses outside the study plan. Refer to the programme syllabus under the section Specific requirements for the programme.
Courses from different higher education institutions/study programmes do not need to match in detail for them to be credited against compulsory courses. What is decisive for a credit transfer is that the aim of the equivalent course/course component in the programme is satisfied with regard to the course's learning outcomes, progression and the programme as a whole. For courses that are not deemed to satisfy these requirements, students will be required to supplement them. In such cases, the matter is dealt with by the course examiner as a credit transfer for part of a course. The form for applying for credit transfers is available from http://teknat.uu.se/student/.
Approved leave from studies and non-completion
Approved leave from studies means that a student has applied for and been granted leave from their studies by the higher education institution with a guaranteed place. Approved leave from studies is granted if the student has one of the special grounds specified in the Higher Education Ordinance. If the student has other grounds, those responsible for the study programme decide whether approved leave from studies can be granted. For more information and the application form, see https://teknat.uu.se/education/student-en/.
Students who have taken leave from their studies without being granted approved leave may take up their studies again subject to place availability. Students who wish to terminate the programme can request non-completion on the form available at https://teknat.uu.se/education/student-en/. Students who wish to resume their studies can re-apply for the programme via https://www.universityadmissions.se/ or apply for admission to a later part of the programme.