Studies

 7 § Degree programmes, curricula and individual study plans

The curricula of the degree programmes leading to a Polytechnic degree consist of core studies, professional specialisation studies, free-choice studies, work placement to promote professional skills, thesis and maturity test. The degree programmes are divided into specialisations in which part of the studies focus on a particular sector in the professional field on which the degree programme is based. To obtain the right to practise the profession, in the degree programmes in social services and health, the Act and Decree on professional staff in public health service (559/94 and 564/94) are complied with in addition to the EU special directives.

Studies leading to the higher Polytechnic degree include specialised professional studies, free-choice studies and the thesis.

The studies are planned and delivered in study periods that form the basic unit with studies. Study periods may belong to compulsory, optional or free-choice studies. In the study unit descriptions of the curriculum for each degree program the name, scope in credits, objectives, subject content to be dealt with, prerequisites, study and assessment methods, learning materials, time of delivery and teacher responsible for each study unit are determined. All students draw up an individual study plan for themselves which is updated regularly. The Rector accepts the curricula for the degree programmes.

8 § Proficiency in language

The student must through the polytechnic studies in a degree programme or otherwise prove to have attained:

 1) such a proficiency in Finnish and Swedish language, in provision with Decree (424/2003) on public body employees, that is required in an office where an academic degree is required in bilingual administrative district, and which is necessary for attending to professional tasks and professional development, and (16.6.2004/497).

2) such a proficiency in one or two foreign languages in writing and speech, and which is necessary for attending to professional duties and for professional personal development.

However, the student who has received schooling and education in some other language from Finnish or Swedish, and the student who has received schooling and education abroad, are excluded. The language proficiency of such a student is decided on the by the Director of Unit.

The proficiency in language that the student has showed is indicated in the degree certificate. With regard to assessment scale in the second national language proficiency, closer information is given below in this chapter. Regarding the practices in language instruction and entries concerning languages in the degree certificate, the recommendations by ARENE (the Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences) (attachment) and the internal directives of VAMK are complied with (attachment).

The correspondence of language studies in the UAS relates to the Act 424/2003, section 6 on the requirement of proficiency in the second national language in a public sector office in bilingual administrative district, that is, an entry with regard to the level of attainment in the second national language, Good or Satisfactory. The development project (2002-2004), on commensurate attainment in higher education assessment in Finnish and Swedish was presented by the Ministry of Education 11/2002. Accordingly, the Ministry decided to recommend per 2.4.2004 that the accepted completion of the relevant study units in Polytechnic studies are assessed in such a way that 1-3 correspond in public administration to the mark Satisfactory and 4-5 correspondingly Good.

 9 § Thesis and maturity test

The objective of the thesis as part of a polytechnic degree is to develop and demonstrate the student’s readiness, apply the student’s knowledge and skills in a practical expert assignment related to professional studies.

The objective of the thesis of the higher polytechnic degree is to develop and demonstrate ability to apply and use research data and use selected methods in analysing and solving problems relevant in working life and to demonstrate readiness for a challenging expert work.

As a rule, the thesis is written in the language of the degree programme.

To be awarded a degree, the student has to write a maturity test related to the topic of the thesis which demonstrates knowledge in the field and skills in Finnish or Swedish. The maturity test is written in the language of the student’s primary and/or secondary education. If the student has received primary and/or secondary education in some other language than Finnish or Swedish, the maturity test is written in the language of the degree programme or the Director of Unit can agree with the student about taking the maturity test in some other language.

10 § Assessment of studies

By means of assessment, the attainment of the learning outcomes of the study periods is directed and verified. Criteria for assessment are based on the learning outcomes of the study period. The student must receive at the beginning of the study period full particulars on the criteria applied. The student also has the right to be informed about the application of assessment criteria on the study performance. The student’s right and obligation to participate in the teaching is defined in the assessment plans per study period.The student completes the study unit according to the requirements given in the implementation plan of the study unit. The student must get the assessment recorded in the student administration database within one month from the completion of the performance.

The attainment of the learning outcomes leading to Polytechnic degree is assessed by means of oral or written performances, demonstrations of skills, assignments or by other reliable methods.

The assessment of study periods is objective based. The scale of grades is the following: Excellent (5), Very good (4) Good (3), Satisfactory (2) and Passable (1) and Fail (0) or as follows: Completed (S), Fail (0). In addition, grade M (completed elsewhere) can be used for credit transfers.

The teacher who receives the performance of the student assesses the performance. The student has a right to receive information on the application of assessment criteria to the given performance. The procedure as defined in the act on Polytechnics (932/2014) and the Decree (1129/2014) is complied with at the rectification of assessment.

The student who is not satisfied with the assessment and the feedback given can submit a rectification claim to the teacher who gave the assessment within 14 days after the publication of the grade. The student who is not satisfied with the written account from the teacher to the rectification can apply for the rectification in writing from the Board of Examiners within 14 days from receiving the teacher’s account. The claim for rectification, addressed to the Board of Examiners, is submitted to the Study Affairs Office. The Board of Examiners will process the claim within 30 days after the reception of the claim, excluding July. The Board of Examiners base their decision on the statements and accounts they acquire. The decision of the Board of Examiners cannot be appealed. The Board of Examiners have their own regulations.

The performance of a study period can be retaken the maximum of two times. The student has a right to raise a passed grade once within one year after completing the study unit. The teacher of the study unit decides how the raising is to take place. Failing to raise the grade does not lower the original grade.

The grade of the thesis cannot be raised.

If the student is unable to participate in the retakes due to verifiable illness, student exchange, or the student has received a fail grade from both retakes, the student will have to submit a written account of the reasons leading to the situation and a suggestion for measure to complete the study unit. The student submits the account to the Head of Degree Programme and has a discussion, based on the account, with the Head of Degree Programme. If need be, the Head of Degree Programme asks a statement from the teacher of the study unit.

Passed study attainments will not be deleted from the study records.

11 § Credit transfer and recognition and validation of prior studies

To take a Polytechnic degree the student must prove to have attained the skills objectives as stated in the curriculum. The assessment of the correspondence of earlier studies is based on the curriculum of the degree programme. Hereby, correspondence refers to the correspondence in level, objective, field of knowledge and subject content. The assessment process of correspondence is based on written certificates or performance given by the student. The expert teacher defines the performances and demonstrations and assesses them in the same way as any other completion of the study unit. In free-choice studies, also other elsewhere completed higher education studies can be included, and credit transfer given. In case the student of Open UAS is accepted for enrolment in the Degree Programme, credit transfer takes place with regard to the studies completed in Open UAS according to the subject content of each Degree Programme.

The decision on the credit transfer of the corresponding studies is taken by the Dean based on the written application and the proposal. The decision is made within one month from the submittal of the application to the Study Affairs Office. 

There is a separate instruction for the recognition and crediting of prior studies or studies taken elsewhere during the studies. The decision of crediting such studies is usually made at the beginning of the studies or before the beginning of the study unit at the latest. 

The student who is not satisfied with the Dean’s decision from the teacher can apply for the rectification in writing from the Board of Examiners within 14 days after the student has had a possibility to learn about the decision. The claim for rectification is submitted to the Study Affairs Office which will pass it on the Board of Examiners. The decision of the Board of Examiners cannot be appealed.

12 § Completion of Degree Programme and degree certificate

To proceed to the Degree Programme degree and certificate the student must

  • participate in the work forms of the Degree Programme study periods in such a way that the objectives set are reached
  • complete the study periods indicated in the curriculum, which are assessed as defined above
  • complete the work placement
  • complete the thesis and
  • take the maturity test.

The degree is conferred and the degree certificate is issued by the Rector pursuant to proposal of the relevant educational branch unit. The degree certificate is signed by the Rector and the Director of Unit.

The name of the degree, degree programme and specialisation alternatives if needed as well as the degree title that can be used based on the degree and the study units completed by the student, together with their grades and scopes, language skills, the name of the thesis and the language of the maturity test must be indicated in the Diploma. All the graduates receive also the Diploma Supplement certificate in English.

The student has the right to receive, in the progress of the studies, a transcript over the studies completed. The students within Open UAS are issued an extract from the completed study register.