Personal Study Plan (PSP)
A personal study plan (PSP) is a plan that students prepare for themselves. It contains the contents, extent and duration of their studies. The degree structure of a student's degree programme is used as the basis of this study plan. The PSP helps students stay on schedule and advance in their studies. The plan must be updated as their studies progress.
When preparing their personal study plans, students should write down their hopes and goals regarding their studies and professional skills. The PSP helps students personalise their degrees and choose minor subjects and optional studies to accompany their compulsory studies.
Students should familiarise themselves with their subject's study guide early on in their studies and think about their course selections and schedules in the long term. When planning a PSP, long-term thinking stresses the relevance of the overall study programme and helps students realize the time required to complete a degree.
Course pre-requisites and the different tasks (lectures, exercises, projects, exams, etc.) required for successful completion of courses should also be taken into account when preparing a PSP. Other matters potentially affecting the progress of studies (family, hobbies, work, etc.) should also factor into the PSP planning process.
Students receive PSP advising from their personal tutor teachers or other PSP advisors appointed by the faculty. Students can also contact their student advisors for help.
The University of Oulu implemented the OodiPSP tool in the autumn of 2011. It allows students to create a personal study plan for their entire degree based on the degree structures on Oodi. The OodiPSP allows students to see their completed and upcoming courses, which makes it easier for both students and their advisors to follow PSP progress.
The University of Oulu Council for Education has decided that all students commencing their studies in autumn 2011 will begin using the PSP (Personal Study Plan) function in Oodi. The purpose of this guide is to introduce the main elements of the PSP environment and provide instructions on how to get started.