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Making a Personal Study Plan in Sisu


The Tools Available in Sisu for Drafting Study Plans

Making a Personal Study Plan (PSP) in Sisu 

Starting from fall 2019 students beginning their studies in Central or Kauppi Campus prepare their personal study plans (PSP) in Sisu. Those who have begun their studies earlier on these campuses will be given instructions later during the fall semester on how to use Sisu. All students in Hervanta campus use former Hervanta systems during the academic year 2019-2020. Thus, in 2019-2020 the main focus is on new students, and only some of the tools offered by Sisu are in use. Other students can use Sisu, but study plans can only be made based on the 2019-2020 curriculums. 

Preparing a study plan in Sisu begins in the student's view (log in to Sisu: by clicking the title "Structure of studies" in the upper bar. This will open a pop-up window named "Create a new study plan". You need to link the plan to a curriculum by writing the name of your degree programme to the search field "Select education". Once you have found your programme, you may also choose the possible specific learning path, if the degree programme offers options. You also need to choose the curriculum period, eg. 2019-2020, which forms a basis for your plan. 

Personal study plan pop-up window in Sisu

Name your study plan, so that you can recognize it from possible other study plans that you may make later on. Finally, click the button "Create a plan" in the lower right corner of the pop-up window.  

In the following phase the system opens a view to the structure of your degree programme. Your plan will be based on the structure of the chosen degree, and the structure will let you know what studies are required. When you make the plan, the structure will also let you know if, for example, you have chosen studies in a module or under a certain section according to the rules, or if you need to modify your choices. 

There are three dots in the upper right corner of the study plan structure view. By clicking them, you can open a menu from which you can either delete, print or copy the plan, as well as change its name. 

By clicking the titles visible in the structure of the degree, you can open a side window to the right side of the view. This window will let you know what studies you need to choose for that specific module or section in the degree. By following the rules and guidelines set in this window, you can add studies to the plan. In the basic view you can only make choices in sections where it is allowed. You can change your selections by clicking the sliding switch next to the course/module. 

The structure of a degree may also have open search fields (for example, under the section "optional studies"). With these you can freely search and add studies to the plan. You can remove these studies from the plan by clicking a bin located next to the course/module in the side window.  

Students can make larger changes to the study plan in a free edit mode or by adding a study draft to the degree. You can enter the free edit mode by choosing a section in the degree and clicking the three dots in the the upper right corner of the side window. A draft of studies enables, for example, adding exchange studies to the plan. However, using the free edit mode will lead to a nonconforming degree structure. 

When you are drafting a study plan, Sisu may give you various announcements. These have been described in the following table: 

System Announcement Explanation
"You do not have a study right that corresponds to your study plan or you have not registered for the current semester." This announcement results from the fact that during academic year 2019-2020 Sisu does not have information about study rights. However, this announcement does not prevent you from making a study plan.
"Selections missing" There are courses or study modules missing from the plan. 
"Optional selections" The section allows you to choose courses or study modules according to rules set for the degree. 
"Selections that deviate from the curriculum" The same course has been chosen into two sections in the degree structure. 

"The structure of the study plan is against the rules. Please correct your selections."

"Selections against the rules."

The plan includes selections that are against the rules or the basic structure of the degree. This announcement appears when something that does not belong to the structure is added to the degree or when the maximum limit of credits for a section is surpassed. It can also appear after the free edit mode has been used.
"Approval required" The module content must be verified from a teacher responsible of guidance or from study administration before graduation is possible. At a later phase such communications can take place via Sisu. 

You can see more detailed information of each course and study module by clicking on the code that appears next to its name. 

A study plan is complete when all the sections of the structure are marked "selections done". Then the plan follows the rules and requirements that have been set for the degree in question. However, note that Sisu is not always able to interpret the specifications and details that have been set, for example, in the more detailed guiding information of each section. Studies can be planned in parts, and the plan does not have to be finished all at once. The system saves the plan automatically.

Timing the Planned Studies

Once a study plan has been started or completed, you may time the studies one course at a time by moving on to "Timeline", which is the second header in the upper bar. If you have made several different study plans, make sure that you are timing the plan that you wish to focus on.  

The timing view is divided into fall and spring semesters according to how much study time you have to complete the degree, maximum additional time included. Each semester has been divided into study periods. You can also add summer periods into the view, if you wish. 

Courses that are ready to be timed are hidden in the lower part of the view. You can access them by clicking the blue bar. Choose a course by clicking it and the view changes into the timeline. You can place the course on the timeline by clicking on the period that you wish to place it to. 

Planning view to the timing of studies

A course that has already been placed can be adjusted and moved on the timeline by clicking the three dots behind the name of the course. By doing so you will access a menu with "delete", "modify timing" and "change the timing". By modifying the timing you can stretch the course to last for more than one period. The option "change the timing" allows you to move the course into another period. Deleting the course returns it back among all the other courses that are waiting to be placed on the timeline. 

If a model timeline has been prepared for the degree programme, you may use it to assist timing the studies. The model timeline function can be found from the left side of the timing view. When you click the vertical bar on the left, it opens another side window.  By choosing in the window "apply", some of the courses will automatically be placed on the timeline according to the order in which the programme administrators have planned that they should be completed. However, even when using the model timeline function you still need to place all freely chosen and other courses not included in the model yourself. 

If you place courses on the timeline without using a model timeline, note that the system does not warn you even if the course in question is not organised during the study period you have chosen. Thus, always check the teaching schedules separately. 

Choosing Groups and Creating a Study Calendar

In the Study Calendar the menu on the right side of the view has been divided into three sections. The tab "Teaching not selected" allows you to choose which study plan you are viewing and want to schedule. In the "enrolment" tab you can view detailed teaching information and choose, for example, necessary practice groups. When a course is no longer relevant in the calendar view, it moves on to the “Finished and discontinued” tab.

Note: Bear in mind that course registration and study register are not yet in use in Sisu. As a result, filtering the studies according to enrolment does not work because Sisu does not know the status of the studies in relation to registration, and is unable to divide courses correctly between tabs. During academic year 2019-2020, registration to courses in Central and Kauppi campuses must be done in NettiOpsu and in Hervanta campus in POP, and these systems do not have a direct connection to Sisu. Links to registration are published in teaching schedules. 

In the "Teaching not selected" tab in the Study Calendar you can see a list of courses for which you have not yet chosen specific teaching. If a course has teaching available, you can add it to the calendar by clicking "add". This will open the "Completion methods" of the course description. Here you can choose a method of completion (click on the method in question and then “select this completion method”. After this, the teaching can be added to the calendar with the "add" button. Removal is done with the same button.

When teaching has been selected, the course moves onto the enrolment tab, where you can make more specific choices concerning teaching groups and the calendar. You can choose which teaching groups and times are shown in the calendar. However, if attendance to teaching is compulsory, it is directly shown in the calendar. The registration functions of Sisu will be taken into use later on.

Information in the study calendar can be transferred from Sisu to another calendar by clicking "export into external calendar" and entering the given address, for example, to Office 365. The study calendar does not update in real time when viewed in other applications. The update interval varies from service to another according to the schedule defined by the application or service. For instance the Office365-service of the University uses an update interval of three hours.