The above-mentioned laboratory pages list books that have been found suitable for postgraduate studies in the Department of Information Technology. Of each book, the following information is given, if available:
The purpose of the list is to help the students and teachers find good books easily. Whether or not a book is accepted to a student's studies should be negotiated between the student and her supervisor, and is formally decided by the Department when the study plan of the student is officially accepted. Acceptance of a book in the list into the study plan of the student is thus not automatically guaranteed.
The numbers of credit units in the list refer to a typical case where the student reads the whole book and passes an oral examination. The student may be given more credit units if he studies the book more carefully than usual. As an example, she may solve a significant proportion of exercises from the book. Credit units may be decreased, for instance, if only part of the book is read or the book overlaps with other studies of the student.
The lists may also contain a subsection of books that are not recommended, although they might seem suitable at the first sight. For instance, a book that has earlier been recommended may enter this section, when a regular course that covers its topic is established.
The list is divided to parts that are maintained by the corresponding laboratories. New books may be suggested to the list by sending the required information to the person maintaining the list of the laboratory. (S)he writes entries for the additions (in HTML form), and emails a copy of them to the secretary of the department. The secretary puts together a list of additions for a meeting of the department, which makes the official acceptance or rejection decisions. The laboratories should provide the meeting with one copy of each suggested book. After the meeting the department secretary returns the books and informs about the decisions, according to which the list maintainers in the laboratories add accepted entries to the lists. An acceptance is valid for three years starting at the date of acceptance, but the laboratories can suggest extension three years at a time.
The laboratories can remove books from their own lists or move them to the "not recommend" category without a decision by the department.