Assessment Criteria

Qualification levels of the Bachelor's Degrees

At JAMK University of Applied Sciences, competence assessment is based on the competence level descriptions of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The EQF determines the type and level of competence which those who have completed a degree at a European institute of higher education have. The aim of the Qualification Framework is to support lifelong learning and flexibility in higher education in the EU area.

The qualification level  (pdf, European Commission) of the Bachelor’s Degree awarded by Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences is 6.

Course Assessment

Learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the competence objectives of the course. Assessment is based on the criteria presented in course descriptions. Courses are assessed on a scale defined by the course description. The scale can be, depending on the purpose, either a five-step scale

  • 5 (Excellent),
  • 4 (Very Good),
  • 3 (Good),
  • 2 (Satisfactory),
  • 1 (Sufficient); or
  • Pass (S) / Fail (0).

A Course is assessed as Fail (0) if a student fails to reach the minimum objectives set for course completion. The same grading scale is applied to retakes.

The Finnish credits are equal with the ECTS credits. Courses and study modules are credited according to the amount of work they require to attain the requested objectives. A student´s average study effort is 1,600 hours required for the completion of studies during one academic year corresponds to 60 credits.

The students have the right to know how the assessment criteria have been applied to them. The students are entitled to two resits at the official times specified for the degree programme. For special reasons and if the student’s application is approved by the Head of the Department, the student may be given one (1) opportunity to improve a passing grade or retake a course he/she has already passed. The application in language and communication studies is approved by the Head of Language Centre.

The completion of a course will be entered in the record of credits within a month from the given end date of the course, and always before the end of the academic year.

Appeals against Assessment

If a student is not satisfied with the assessment of his/her course or exam, he/she is first to discuss the assessment criteria and results with the teacher responsible for the assessment. The student has the right to see a copy of the exam or other coursework and its assessment. If the student is dissatisfied with the answer, he/she may make a spoken or written request for assessment review to the lecturer responsible for the assessment within 14 days from the time the grade was taken to the student management system (ASIO).

JAMK has a Board of Examiners, to which the student may next appeal against the assessment, if he/she is not satisfied with the decision of the teacher regarding the request for assessment review. The appeal must follow within 14 days after receiving a written notice on the teacher’s decision.

If the appeal against the assessment regards a thesis, the oral or written appeal request is first addressed to the thesis work group within the above-given time limitations.

The Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners (in compliance with Decree 932/2014, §19) handles appeals against assessment. The Academic Board of JAMK has appointed the following Board of Examiners:

  • Chairwoman: Sanna Sihvonen, School of Health and Social Studies
    • Deputy Chairman: Marjukka Nuutinen, School of Technology
  • Teacher member: Pekka Vanhanen, School of Business
    • Deputy member: Soili Partanen, School of Business
  • Teacher member: Jari Hautamäki, School of Technology
    • Deputy member: Leila Nisula, School of Health and Social Studies
  • Student member: Jani Tervo, Student Union JAMKO
    • Deputy member: Jarkko Patteri, Student Union JAMKO
  • Presenting Official: Katja Räsänen