Assessment is used to measure wide-ranging professional competences.
Students’ know-how, professional knowledge, and skills are assessed using a grading system
– in numbers from 1 to 5 (5 Excellent, 4 or 3 Good, 2 or 1 Satisfactory, 0 Fail)
– using ‘Pass – Fail’ (mark P in the transcript of Records)
– the mark ‘E’ means that the student did not attend the exam
– If the student did not participate in a course, no grades will be recorded in the transcript of records.
In word based grading a 70 % correct answer must be achieved to be awarded the grade of ‘pass’, in numerical grading the answer(s) must be 50 % correct.
Courses transferred from elsewhere will be marked with a P or with an H (Finnish-taught programmes).
The lecturers will explain the principles of grading at the beginning of each course.
The grades awarded will be shown on ASIO on your Transcript of Records within one month after the exam date or the deadline set for an assignment.
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Exam papers and other assessment assignments are not usually returned to the student but the teacher has to keep them for six (6) months. Online study assessments are stored for one month. Students can make an appointment with the teacher in concern to check the exam results. Teachers are also permitted to arrange a separate feedback lesson. Theses are kept indefinitely.
Improving a Passed Grade
Students can attempt to improve an approved grade once. This must be agreed with the teacher in question in advance. Those who are going to try to improve a passed grade must register in writing with the teacher in charge at leas two weeks before the exam (see “Exams and Retakes”). The highest grade is accepted as the valid grade. It is not possible to improve thesis grade or the course grades that have been completed elsewhere (transferred credits).
Those going to exchange when the course is arranged the next time, may attempt to improve a grade on the last general exam date of the academic year.
Request for Rectification
Students are entitled to know their course grades and how course evaluation principles have been applied to their achievements (written or otherwise stored). Students can check their grades as soon as they are published and the rectification period is the same as the storage period – 6 or 1 month. If students are dissatisfied with their grades or the accreditation of courses accomplished elsewhere they can request rectification of the grade. This process advances in two stages:
• the issue is dealt with by the student and teacher / Head of School involved; the student addresses a written or spoken request for rectification to the teacher who evaluated the student’s work or who decided the grade within 14 days of knowing the grade/result; Request for Rectification form intranet > Studying > Forms in English
• Should the student still be dissatisfied with the teacher’s / Head of School’s decision he/she can request rectification from the Degree Committee within 14 days of knowing the teacher’s decision. In this case students must write a request for rectification and submit it to the Study Office with the Request for Rectification form as an appendix to the application.
The Degree Committee must process the issue at the latest within 30 days of receiving the request for rectification except for requests that arrive during June, July and August, which must be processed in September at the latest.
If the student starts the rectification procedure before or after requesting his/her degree certificate, the certificate will not be awarded until his/her rectification issue has been resolved. The rectification procedure cannot commence nor continue after the student involved in the procedure has received his/her degree certificate. All deadlines are absolute and must be respected unconditionally.
The Degree Committee’s decision is final and there is no right to appeal (932/2014).
Members of The Degree Comittee:
Member Substitute member
Principal lecturer, Arja Oikarinen Lecturer, Anne Karhu
Lecturer, Eero Soininen Lecturer, Simo Määttä
Student, Saara Karjalainen Student, Markku Kumpulainen