Degree Regulations

The Degree Regulations of JAMK University of Applied Sciences are rules that are approved by the Academic Board. The regulations determine the most important principles and practices governing studying and guidance.

The Degree Regulations guide, for example, the following matters:

  • The right to study / study entitlement: student admission, enrolment, maximum study period, losing and restoring the right to study
  • The studies: study guidance, curricula, Personal Learning Plan (PLP), completing studies, accreditation, assessment practices, thesis and maturity test
  • Graduation: degree certificate
  • Drug testing
  • Disciplinary Procedure
  • Appeals to the decisions of the University of Applied Sciences.

Selected sections of the Degree Regulations

Enrolment

You must enrol as either attending or non-attending each semester. Only attending students are entitled to complete studies.

Read more about the right to enrol as non-attending in the degree regulations §7 (pdf).

Completion of courses

The student must attend the first contact class of each course. If the student has a good reason for being absent, he/she must personally contact the Course Tutor before the first contact class. In the case of courses completed as online studies, the student must confirm his/her participation in the course as instructed by the teacher.

The learning objectives and contents of the course, alternative completion methods, opportunities to retake courses and examinations and the assessment criteria, are introduced in the first contact class or in the workspace of the online studies. The closing date of the course, i.e. the date after which no coursework can be submitted, is also announced.

Study guidance

You are entitled to study guidance throughout your studies. It is your task to take responsibility for the progress of your studies and participate in study guidance. Principles of study guidance at JAMK (pdf) is described in a separate document.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience

You have the right to apply for recognition of your studies if you have prior learning (e.g. university studies completed elsewhere) that can be accredited towards the degree you are currently completing.

The recognition of prior learning is possible in three primary ways: accreditation (replacement /inclusion), recognition of informal learning and studification.

Study assessment

The learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the learning objectives of the course. The assessment decisions are based on the assessment criteria specified in the course description. You have the right to know how assessment criteria are applied to your competence. The course assessment is recorded in the transcript of records no later than one month after the stated end date of the course and always before the end of the semester. If you are not satisfied with the assessment, you may appeal the decision.

In the Finnish grading system each student is graded on their individual performance, not in relation to the performance of others. There is no rule or expectation for how many students in a course can receive which grade, i.e. no grading curve is used. The Finnish system is used also at JAMK University of Applied Sciences, where the grading scale from 0-5 is not a proportionate scale. Since the ECTS grading scale is based on an expectancy of the distribution of different grades, the two grading scales are not fully comparable.

Degree certificate

You will be given a Finnish language certificate for completing a degree in the university of applied sciences upon written request. A transcript of records with study attainments and their assessments is attached to the certificate. The English language attachment of the certificate, i.e. the Diploma Supplement, will be provided to you free of charge as an attachment to the certificate.

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