Drawing up a personal study plan (hops)

At the beginning of the studies, students prepare their personal study plans (HOPS). The main purpose of the plan is to provide an aid for planning the studies and controlling the progress of the studies. The study plan may include study objectives and timetables set by the student, as well as plans for elective or international studies, work placement/clinical practice and the pursued occupation. The plan is complemented and specified during the studies. The fields give more precise instructions for preparing, approving and supervising the plans.

Enrolment on study courses

Students must enrol on study courses via WinhaWille.

Taking mid-course tests and final exams

In order to take a final or make-up exam other than those taken during class time, the student must fill out an application according to the rules formulated by the vice rector. If the student fails to appear for the scheduled exam, and has no valid excuse, then the student will receive a failing grade for that exam. Some courses may include mid-course tests at the discretion of the teacher. Mid-course tests may not be repeated.

If a student fails a mid-course test or an exam, the student has the right to two more chances to take a replacement exam. If the student fails 3 times, the whole course must be taken again either with another class, or individually at the discretion of the teacher.

See examination instructions from the Studies frontpage.

Assessment

Assessment is concerned with the whole learning process, i.e. the achievement of pursued aims regarding knowledge and skills as well as the development of such cooperation and social skills as are expected in study and working life environments. Grades given for study courses are based on exercises, examinations, tests and continuous assessment, which are designed to measure how well students know the subject matter dealt with during the study course.

In order to complete a study course, the student has to participate in the studies as specified in the curriculum and to do practical training and take the examinations as determined by the lecturer at the beginning of the course.

The grades for completed courses are excellent (5), good (4 and 3), satisfactory (2 and 1), and fail (0). Courses may also be assessed on a pass/fail basis, and the teacher must have demonstrable grounds for a failing grade if the student questions the failure.

Attempting to achieve a higher grade

The student may try one time to take an exam to raise the approved grade on a course. Course must be taken within one year of the end of the course. Course requirements are valid for one year after the end of the course teaching.

Credit transfer

A student can apply to have previously taken credits included into the polytechnic degree. The application must be written on a special form that is available at the Student Affairs Offices. The application must be presented to the degree programme manager by a set date. The student must make sure that the credit transfer decision is given before the start of the course in question.

Language requirement exceptions

Students with no previous language instruction in Swedish and/or another required foreign language may apply to receive a waiver for the language requirements of the polytechnic degree. The application must be left to the director of the language centre before the beginning of said language instruction. Students must replace the credits with appropriate optional studies in order to fulfil the requirements of the degree plan.

Reassessment

A student who is not satisfied with the assessment of a study course or with a decision on credit transfer can, either orally or in writing, request reassessment from the lecturer or degree programme manager in question within 14 days from the date when he or she had the opportunity to receive the assessment results.

Board of examiners

The university of applied sciences has a board of examiners that handles the applications for reassessment or credit transfer. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the teacher or study programme director, the student may make a written request for rectification of the grade to the UAS’s board of examiners within 14 days of receiving the teacher’s/programme director’s decision.

The board consists of a chairperson and two members.

Members of the Board of Examiners in term 2014 - 2016

Members   Personal deputy members
Principal Lecturer Heikki Sintonen,
chairman
  Senior Lecturer Riitta Kalpio
Degree Programme Manager Jukka Nisonen   Senior Lecturer Tuula Iivarinen
Student Toni Borgström   Student Jaana Ahtiainen

Secretary
Student Office Manager

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