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Degree Regulations and additional guidelines

University and TAMK

TAMK

TAMK's Degree Regulations

1 EDUCATIONAL MISSION
1 § Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
2 § Degrees and related education
3 § Commissioned education
4 § Professional teacher educations
5 § Specialisation studies and open UAS studies
6 § Quality management

2 STUDENT ADMISSION AND INTAKE OF STUDENTS
7 § Student admission and acceptance of study places
8 § Intake of transfer students
9 § Selection of specialisation and optional professional studies
10 § Change of degree programme, specialisation or campus
11 § Intake of exchange students

3 REGISTRATION AND STUDY RIGHT
12 § Academic year
13 § Registration for attendance or non-attendance

14 § Tuition fee obligation and study right
15 § Duration of study right
16 § Extension of study right
17 § Loss of study right
18 § Application of SORA legislation

4 COMPLETION OF STUDIES
19 § Individual study plan
20 § Credit transfer for studies and competence
21 § Credit transfer for studies completed in international exchange and acceptance of practical training
22 § Participation in teaching and student counselling
23 § Language skills
24 § Enrolment on courses
25 § Assessment of completed courses
26 § Amendment request
27 § Retake of study performances and improvement of grades
28 § Expiry of studies
29 § Certificates
30 § Cross-institutional studies and preliminary credit transfer

5 OTHER REGULATIONS
31 § Accessible learning and operating environment
32 § Deceit

6 EFFECTIVE DATE
33 § Effective date

1 EDUCATIONAL MISSION

1 § Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)

TAMK’s educational mission is in accordance with the Universities of Applied Sciences Act (932/2014) and Government Decree on Universities of Applied Sciences (1129/2014).

On 11 December 2014 the Finnish Government granted TAMK an operating licence with the educational responsibilities in which TAMK can organise degree-awarding education and professional teacher education.

TAMK's educational responsibilities, their specifications and degree titles (Appendix 1).

At TAMK, the language of instruction and degrees is Finnish but education can also be provided in other languages in accordance with the curricula.

Guidelines specifying the degree regulations are published in TAMK's intranet and study guide.
 

2 § Degrees and related education

It is possible to complete bachelor's and master's degrees at TAMK.

Bachelor's degrees
The extent of bachelor's degrees is 210, 240 or 270 credits.
TAMK's bachelor's degree studies consist of:
1) basic and professional studies
2) elective studies
3) practical training and
4) bachelor's thesis.

Master's degrees
The extent of master's degrees is 60 or 90 credits.
TAMK's master's degree studies consist of
1) advanced professional studies
2) elective studies and
3) master's thesis.

Implementation of education
Degree-awarding education is implemented as courses. Their extents, objectives, contents, teaching methods and other related information are available in TAMK's study guide and course implementation plans.

The degree programme curricula are approved by TAMK’s Higher Education Council. The requirements related to development of the European higher education area have been considered in them. Curriculum descriptions and the credit system follow common principles, which also help international comparison of degree programmes.

The credit system complies with the ECTS system, in which one academic year is equal to 60 credits. A credit means on average 27 hours of student work used for completion of the course. It includes all needed work, such as contact teaching and independent study.

3 § Commissioned education

The bachelor’s degree can be completed as commissioned education (Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014; 13 §). A fee is collected on commissioned education and the education is produced for groups according to an agreement signed by the university of applied sciences and the commissioning party. Student admission to commissioned education follows the valid general admissions criteria. In order to graduate from the commissioned education and receive the degree certificate students have to achieve the competence objectives of the degree programme.

4 § Professional teacher educations

Tampere University of Applied Sciences' School of Professional Teacher Education provides professional teacher education for teachers working at universities of applied sciences and vocational institutions as well as for those wishing to become teachers. The School of Professional Teacher Education also provides professional special needs teacher education and professional guidance counsellor education.

The professional teacher education studies consist of
1. basic studies in education
2. vocational pedagogical studies
3. teaching practice and
4. other studies.

The structures of professional special needs teacher education and professional guidance counsellor education are defined in the curricula.

The extent of the educations is 60 credits.

5 § Specialisation studies and open UAS studies

Specialisation studies
Specialisation studies are professional development and specialisation studies for higher education graduates with work experience. Their objective is to produce competence in fields of expertise which have no market-based educational provision.

Specialisation studies can be organised by universities of applied sciences which based on their operating licence provide professional teacher education or bachelor's degree education in degrees and degree titles in the field of the specialisation studies. The minimum extent of specialisation studies is 30 credits. Organisation of specialisation studies requires that the university of applied sciences is a party to a mutual contract between universities of applied sciences. The Finnish National Board of Education maintains a public list of specialisation studies.

As regards statutes, specialisation study students' position is comparable to degree students. In specialisation studies, the duration of study right is determined based on the implementation time and it can be extended with three months if necessary. Specialisation study students may not register for non-attendance.

Open UAS studies
Open UAS studies fulfil the degree requirements of the university of applied sciences. The educational provision consists of courses in bachelor’s degree programmes. Open UAS studies are free of charge for attending degree students. It is possible to apply for a degree student through open studies in accordance with the degree programme admission criteria.

6 § Quality management

TAMK's quality management serves development of operation. Quality management includes guidelines and forms for students and staff in TAMK’s intranet.

 

2 STUDENT ADMISSION AND INTAKE OF STUDENTS

7 § Student admission and acceptance of study places

TAMK’s Higher Education Council decides on student admission criteria. Student admission is implemented by means of joint or separate application. In professional teacher educations, student admission takes place through joint separate application to professional teacher education.

TAMK provides health care, social services and professional teacher education applicants with information on health and functional ability requirements. Persons who do not have the health or functional ability needed for study-related practical duties or clinical or practical training cannot be admitted. Admission may also be prohibited by a prior study place cancellation decision if required by protection of other people's health or safety. TAMK applies case-specific consideration in determining the relevance of the prior cancellation decision for the field.

The vice president decides on intake of students.

Admitted students have to bindingly notify whether they accept the study place by the date defined by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Admitted students also have to register for attendance or non-attendance by the date set by the university of applied sciences or they will lose their study right. Student admission is conditional until the relevant original certificates have been checked.

In professional teacher educations, admitted students have to bindingly notify whether they accept the study place by the date defined by TAMK.

Applicants can in written request for a correction to the student admission decision from TAMK's Board of Examiners in 14 days after publication of the admission results. Students have the right to appeal against the Board of Examiners' decision to Hämeenlinna Administrative Court in 30 days after being informed of the decision.

8 § Intake of transfer students

Transfer students are higher education degree students whose study right is transferred from a Finnish higher education institution to another or at TAMK from one degree programme to another in such a way that the pursued Finnish degree title changes.

Higher education students may be accepted to transfer students if they have a valid study right and if they have completed enough studies in consideration of the used study time. Prerequisites for the transfer are that there are free study places in the degree programme and the applicant fulfils the admission criteria for transfer. Transfer students are only taken at the beginning of semesters.

Transfer is applied for at Stydyinfo.fi service in the spring and autumn. The student counsellor prepares the decision proposal to the head of degree programme. The vice president decides on the acceptance of transfer students. When transfer students accept the new study right, they lose the study right which formed the basis for the transfer.

All transfer students have to construct a preliminary individual study plan including the study modules and courses to be completed. The head of degree programme confirms the individual study plan on the student counsellor's or a separately nominated person's proposal.

9 § Selection of specialisation and optional professional studies

The specialisation or optional professional studies are selected during the third study year at the latest in degree programmes where students have to select a specialisation or optional professional studies. If all applicants cannot be admitted to a specialisation or optional professional studies, the student's study performances and study success in other than elective studies are used as the admission criteria. The head of degree programme decides on the selections.

10 § Change of degree programme, specialisation or campus

Students can apply for change of the degree programme in the same field of study if the Finnish degree title is the same. The change of the specialisation or campus is possible in the student's degree programme. The applicant sends the online change application to the head of degree programme of the receiving degree programme.

The head of degree programme can support the application if applicants fulfil the degree programme eligibility criteria, have progressed well in their studies and there are free study places in the student group. Students have to study at least one semester actively before the change is possible. The director of education decides on the change of the degree programme and campus on the head of degree programme's proposal. The head of degree programme decides on the change of the specialisation or optional professional studies.

All students who change degree programme have to construct an individual study plan including the study modules and courses to be completed. The head of degree programme confirms the individual study plan.

Change of the field of study or change of the degree programme in case the Finnish degree title is different requires application procedure at Studyinfo.fi service.

11 § Intake of exchange students

Exchange students are only accepted from higher education institutions abroad with which TAMK has a valid agreement.

TAMK does not accept exchange students who cannot be offered the requested studies. In addition, degree programmes can set further requirements before acceptance. Exchange students are accepted by the head of degree programme on the proposal of the international coordinators.

 

3 REGISTRATION AND STUDY RIGHT

12 § Academic year

TAMK's academic year starts on 1 August and ends on 31 July. Teaching is provided in 40 weeks divided into four periods.

13 § Registration for attendance or non-attendance

To preserve their study right, students have to register for attendance or non-attendance each academic year during the duration of the study right as stipulated by TAMK. The registration obligation applies to all students in degree-awarding education and professional teacher educations. Continuing students register in accordance with TAMK's guidelines. Students have to check and make the necessary changes to their contact information in the register. The Study Services are to be notified of changes in personal data without delay.

Students can only register for non-attendance for the first academic year if during the first academic year they

1) complete national service in accordance with the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995);

2) are on maternity, paternity or parental leave; or

3) are unable to begin their studies due to an illness or disability.

Students may change their registration for the latter semester by contacting the Study Services and delivering the documents related to the statutory ground.

Continuing students register either         

- present for the whole academic year, or

- absent for the whole academic year, or

- present for the autumn semester and absent for the spring semester, or

- absent for the autumn semester and present for the spring semester.

Continuing students register for attendance or non-attendance for the following academic year on 31 May at the latest. They can change the registration they have done for the spring semester by 30 November by contacting the Study Services. The registration for attendance is made automatically in the student administration register for students for whom the director of education has granted extension time.

For a justified reason (such as an illness), students may change their registration for attendance or non-attendance during the academic year. Change of attendance to non-attendance requires the director of education's decision. The application with the appendices are delivered to the Study Services. Change of non-attendance to attendance only requires a notification to the Study Services.

In professional specialisation studies, students may not register for non-attendance.


Students registered for non-attendance
On the basis of the registration for non-attendance, students have the right to be absent for a semester at a time for one academic year in all. Students who have begun their degree studies at TAMK before 1 August 2015 may however be absent for a semester at a time for two academic years in all on the basis of the registration for non-attendance.

Students who have been absent register for attendance or non-attendance for the following academic year on 31 May at the latest. The absence does not have to be continuous. The period of absence is not counted into the total duration of studies. If students have been granted extension time, they may not register as absent.

Students registered for non-attendance can use TAMK's network user identifications and student email but do not have access rights to TAMK's facilities.

Students registered for non-attendance do not have the right to complete studies. Students registered for non-attendance are not entitled to student financial aid, meal subsidy, travel discounts or any benefits of the student union membership.

TAMK does not separately organise studies that have ended or been changed during the student's absence.


Negligence of registration obligation
Negligence of the registration obligation means loss of study right.

14 § Tuition fee obligation and study right

Students who have the obligation to pay a tuition fee have to pay it in accordance with the university of applied sciences’ guidelines. Neglect of the tuition fee leads to loss of study right. Return of the study right requires payment of the tuition fee, delinquency charges (5% of the payment sum per delay month) and handling charge. The payment obligation applies to all semesters in which the student registers for attendance. Exemption from the tuition fee can be granted for one-semester or one-year international student exchange.

Transfer students’ tuition fee obligation is determined in connection with student intake. If the original study right which forms the basis for transfer has started in a degree programme with no tuition fee, there is no tuition fee obligation after the transfer either. If the student was granted a tuition fee reduction in the prior higher education institution, it will not transfer along with the study right from one higher education institution to another.

In double degree implementations, tuition fee is applied to cooperation institutions’ non-EU/EEA students and bilateral agreement students in accordance with the double degree agreement.

Scholarship system

The university of applied sciences has a scholarship system to support students with the tuition fee obligation. The tuition fee reduction of first-year bachelor’s degree students may be a maximum of 50% and the reduction of first-year master’s degree students a maximum of €1,500 based on binding acceptance of study place by the given date. In the following years the reduction is granted based on study success.

15 § Duration of study right

Studies have to be completed during the duration of the study right. The duration of the study right starts when applicants have accepted the study place, TAMK has registered them as students and students have registered for attendance for the first time.

Students have the obligation to keep their contact information up to date during their whole study time.

The normative duration of bachelor's degree programmes is 3.5 years in 210-credit degrees, 4 years in 240-credit degrees and 4.5 years in 270-credit degrees. The extent of the degree can be exceeded if the extent of some course or part of course demands it.

Absence caused by completion of national service in accordance with the Conscription Act, Non-Military Service Act or Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women, maternity, paternity or parental leave, or being unable to begin the studies due to an illness or disability is not counted into the duration of the studies.

Students who have accepted their degree-awarding study place before 1 August 2015 have the right to be absent for two academic years without special grounds. After absence of two academic years all absence periods are counted into the duration of the study right.

Transfer students’ study right is based on the degree to which they are admitted. The attendance and non-attendance periods which they have used for the studies which form the basis for the transfer are also counted into the duration of the studies.

Bachelor's degree programmes
In bachelor's degree programmes, the studies have to be completed in at least a year after the normative duration of the studies, ie during the duration of the study right. Retraining and upgrading of qualifications have to be completed in at least a year after the planned duration of the studies.

The student has to present an account on the studies exceeding the normative duration of studies to the head of degree programme before the normative duration of the studies ends, ie by 30 November or 31 May. The account has to include a plan on completion of the studies and a completion schedule for the studies and thesis. The account has to be based on the revised study plan and it has to be approved by the teacher tutor or student counsellor.

Master's degree programmes
In master's degree programmes, the normative duration of the studies is 1 year in 60-credit degrees and 1.5 years in 90-credit degrees. In master's degree programmes, the studies have to be completed in at least a year after the normative duration of the studies, ie during the duration of the study right.

Professional teacher educations

In professional teacher educations the studies have to be completed during the duration of the study right, which is three years.

16 § Extension of study right

If students cannot complete their studies during the duration of the study right, they have to apply for extension of the study right from the director of education before the study right ends, ie by 30 November or 31 May. The study plan made by the student together with the student counsellor or another nominated person and the schedule for the studies have to be attached to the application. Students have to present the specific reasons that justify their application. The extension time can only be granted for minor studies missing from the degree or studies if graduation is realistic during the extension time. As a general rule, extension time can only be applied once and for a year at the most. In professional teacher educations, extension time can be granted for a semester at the most. Extension time is not granted if the student already has the credits demanded for the degree or studies.

A statutory fee is collected on processing of the application.

17 § Loss of study right

Due to neglect of registration obligation
If students neglect their registration obligation for attendance or non-attendance during the duration of the study right, they will lose their study right. The student may apply for return of the study right lost due to negligence of the registration obligation from the beginning of the application month. The application form with appendices has to be delivered to the Study Services. A statutory fee is collected on processing of the application.

Due to expiry of study right
If students do not complete their studies during the duration of the study right, they lose their study right without a separate notice. The vice president can on application return the study right on the head of degree programme's proposal. The proposal is prepared by the student counsellor. A statutory fee is collected on processing of the application.

The student may in written apply for correction of the decision concerning return of study right from TAMK's Board of Examiners in 14 days after being informed of the decision. Students have the right to appeal against the Board of Examiners' decision to Hämeenlinna Administrative Court in 30 days after being informed of the decision.

If students want to resign from TAMK, they have to notify of it in written. If they later want to continue their studies, as a rule they have to re-apply using the normal application procedure. Resigned students may on certain conditions have their study right back on the vice president’s decision.

18 § Application of SORA legislation

The purpose of the SORA (solutions to unsuitability) legislation is to improve safety of education and working life thereafter as well as to increase the higher education institution’s possibilities to interfere in unsuitability to the field. The objective is also to improve patient and client safety, safety of minors and students’ legal protection.

At TAMK the SORA legislation applies to degree programmes in the field of health care and social services. The SORA legislation also applies to professional teacher education studies and it can be applied to open UAS path students in the field of health care and social services.

Suspension of study right

If students refuse to participate in health or functional ability tests or examinations required by TAMK, their study right can be suspended until they agree to the tests and examinations.

TAMK can require students to present an extract from the criminal record if they are given such duties in studies or study-related clinical or practical training which substantially require working with minors. If students refuse to present the extract from the criminal record, their study right can be suspended until they agree to present the extract from the criminal record.

Guidelines for suspension of study right can be found in TAMK's intranet and study guide.

Cancellation and return of study right

The study right can be cancelled if the student has proved unsuitable to work in study-related practical duties or clinical or practical training by endangering other people's health or safety or the student does not fulfil the health and functional ability requirements for student admission. There are also grounds for cancellation if the student has withheld a prior cancellation decision in the application phase or if the student has been convicted of a crime which may prevent from working with minors.

Before the cancellation decision proposal, the student discusses the possibility of applying or transferring to another degree programme with the student counsellor.

The cancelled study right can be returned on the student's application if the study right has been cancelled due to health or functional ability and the applicant demonstrates that the grounds for cancellation no longer exist.

The vice president decides on cancellation and return of study right on the proposal of the director of education. The issue is prepared by the director of education. The student may apply for correction of the decision concerning cancellation and return of study right from Opiskelijoiden oikeusturvalautakunta in 14 days after being informed of the decision and thereafter from Helsinki Administrative Court.

Procedures for cancellation and return of study right can be found in TAMK's intranet and study guide.

 

4 COMPLETION OF STUDIES

19 § Individual study plan

Students make their individual study plans within the limits defined by the degree structure and degree programme curriculum. It is students' obligation to maintain their individual study plan and check it annually with their teacher tutor or another nominated person. The head of degree programme or a person nominated by the head of degree programme approves the individual study plan.

20 § Credit transfer for studies and competence

Credit transfer for studies
The university of applied sciences can allow credit transfer for studies completed in other Finnish or foreign higher education institutions or universities or separately agreed higher education level studies. Credit transfer decisions are made by the head of degree programme or a person determined by the head of degree programme. As a rule, credit transfers should be applied three weeks before the studies begin.

Credit transfer for competence
Students have the right to apply for recognition of competence acquired elsewhere, regardless of where and how it has been acquired. The recognised competence has to conform to the degree programme course objectives. The student takes the initiative to credit transfer for competence. The competence is identified and recognised by the teacher in charge of the course. Assessment mainly follows the same assessment criteria and scale as courses that include the corresponding competence.

The credit transfer guidelines for studies and competence can be found in TAMK's intranet and study guide.

21 § Credit transfer for studies completed in international exchange and acceptance of practical training

TAMK follows the credit transfer system approved by the European Union and thus studies and practical training passed abroad are fully transferred to the degree to be completed if they conform to the made learning agreement.

Outgoing exchange students have to fill in a written learning agreement form before departure. The learning agreement is approved by the head of degree programme on the proposal of the school's international coordinator. After the studies abroad, the host institution has to give a transcript of records and/or a certificate including the implementation of studies and study success. The international coordinator enters the completed courses to the study register in accordance with the transcript of records or certificate.

Credit transfer can be denied only if the student does not attain the level required by the host institution or fulfil the conditions set by the participating higher education institutions.

Transferred studies and accepted practical training are entered to the study register according to the following assessment scale: A = excellent (5), B = very good (4), C = good (3), D = satisfactory (2), E = minimal pass (1) and FX = fail (0) or with the marking pass (S).

If the student does not fulfil the requirements set for the studies abroad, an individual grant or part of it can be claimed to be returned. At TAMK, decisions concerning interruption of international student exchange and practical training and calling of students to the home country as well as related claims for recovery are made by the vice president.

TAMK only sends students to higher education institutions with which it has a valid agreement, specific or exchange programme.

22 § Participation in teaching and student counselling

Students have the right to have personal student counselling during their whole study time. Students have the obligation to participate in student counselling and take responsibility for their study progress.

Studies and related teaching are organised as courses. Organisation modes have been described in the curriculum and course implementation plans. Students have the right and obligation to participate in the work forms of courses in such a manner that the course objectives are attained. If studies require compulsory attendance, the teacher has to state it in the course implementation plan.

Course-specific learning objectives and key contents are described in curricula. The online course implementation plan describes the work forms, completion requirements, completion order, schedule, attendance requirements, and assessment methods and criteria of each course. They are discussed in detail at the beginning of the course implementation. If prerequisite studies have been set for courses, they have to be stated in the curriculum.

Bachelor's degree programmes include practical training according to the curriculum to enhance professional skills. The aim of the practical training is in a supervised manner to acquaint students with the practical work assignments that are central especially from the viewpoint of professional studies as well as application of knowledge and skills in working life.

In the bachelor's thesis, students apply and develop their knowledge and skills in practical expert tasks related to the professional studies. In foreign-language degree programmes the bachelor's thesis is usually written in the language of instruction.

In master's degree programmes, the master's thesis aims at developing and demonstrating students' ability in applying research information and using selected methods to analyse and solve working life problems as well as their readiness to independent and demanding expert work.

23 § Language skills

Students are required to demonstrate that they have attained through studies included in their university of applied sciences degree or otherwise    

1) such proficiency in Finnish and Swedish as is required of state officials functioning in a position requiring a higher education in a bilingual office according to the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies and that is necessary for practising the profession and for professional development and

2) such oral and written proficiency in one or two foreign languages as is necessary for practising the profession and for professional development.

The director of education can exempt students from all or some of the language proficiency requirements on special grounds, such as diagnosed serious dyslexia, or if students have received their school education in some language other than Finnish or Swedish or students have received their school education abroad. Students have to complete equivalent number of other agreed studies.

Students have to write a maturity test on the field of the thesis to demonstrate their familiarity with the field and Finnish or Swedish language skills. The maturity test can be taken in Finnish or in English if students have received their school education in some language other than Finnish or Swedish or completed their school education abroad. In Finland, the language of school education is the language in which the person has completed the comprehensive school or the general upper secondary school, if the person has completed the general upper secondary school. If the person has completed a vocational qualification, the language of school education is however determined based on the comprehensive school leaving certificate.

In double degree programmes, students have to take the maturity test in accordance with TAMK’s guidelines even if they had completed the thesis in the cooperation institution.

24 § Enrolment on courses

Students enrol on courses through the student administration register.

If more students enrol on a course than can be taken, priority is given to students for whom the course is compulsory and whose degree programme organises the course. In courses offered for all students and elective studies, students are mainly taken in the enrolment order.

Courses can be cancelled if enough students do not participate in them.

25 § Assessment of completed courses

Course assessment criteria are described in detail in the course implementation plan. The assessment criteria are discussed with students at the beginning of each course implementation.

Completed courses are assessed on the competence scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), minimal pass (1) and fail (0). The marking pass (S) can exceptionally be used if it has been separately stated in the degree programme curriculum or individual study plan. In professional teacher educations, completed courses are assessed with the marking pass (S).

Course-related examinations or other competence tests mainly have to be organised during the course implementation. Students are informed of the course grade by entering it into the record of credits in three weeks. Teachers' free periods are not counted into the assessment period.

Students have the right to receive feedback on the completed course, familiarise themselves with the assessed study performance and be informed of application of assessment criteria in their case. Students have the obligation to check their transcript of records annually.

All courses completed during the academic year have to be entered to the record of credits by 31 July. The number of credits cannot be changed after the completed course has been entered to the record of credits. The teacher has to store the assessment criteria and study performances for a year at the minimum after the results have been published.

Upon request, the student is during the studies entitled to have a transcript of records including the completed studies and grades. Studies entered into the record of credits cannot be removed from the record afterwards.

26 § Amendment request

Amendment requests to teachers

If students are dissatisfied with the assessment of their study performance or with credit transfer for studies or competence demonstrated otherwise, they have the right to request its amendment either in written or orally by the person who has made the decision. The amendment decision has to be made in 14 days after having the chance to receive the assessment results and application of assessment criteria or the credit transfer decision. If students notify that they will not content themselves with the amendment request decision, the decision and related grounds have to be given in written.

Amendment requests to Board of Examiners

If dissatisfied with the amendment decision concerning assessment of study performance or credit transfer, the student may submit a written amendment request on it to Tampere University of Applied Sciences' Board of Examiners in 14 days after being informed of the decision. The amendment request is delivered to TAMK’s Registry and Records Management. The decision of the Board of Examiners cannot be appealed. The Board of TAMK nominates the chair and members of the Board of Examiners as well as their deputies.

27 § Retake of study performances and improvement of grades

Courses are defined in curricula.

As a rule, demonstration of competence directly belonging to the course implementation has to be organised during the course implementation. Competence demonstration methods are described in the course implementation plan.

If students do not pass the assessment, they have two retake attempts left. If students are unable to present an acceptable reason for their absence in competence demonstration, the absence is considered as fail. If students have an acceptable reason for their absence (eg illness), the absence is not considered as fail.

A failed course can be retaken twice on the days determined by the degree programme. The teacher of the course informs about the retake days in the course implementation plan and at the beginning of the course. As a rule, retakes are to be completed during the same academic year on TAMK’s general retake examination days, in the e-exam environment or as separately agreed on in the degree programme. If students do not pass any of the retakes, they have to re-enrol on the course and complete it as agreed on with the teacher.

Students have the right to try to improve the grade of passed courses once normally in connection with the course retake examination or on separately notified days in the e-exam environment. Passed course implementations cannot be reattended. The student has the right to recomplete a transferred course on the head of degree programme's decision.

28 § Expiry of studies

The general expiry time for studies is ten years. The head of degree programme can decide on a different expiry time in the degree programme.

29 § Certificates

TAMK awards students a Finnish and English degree certificate for the degree they have completed and a transcript of records as an appendix to it. The degree certificate and its appendices state the degree and its extent, title, name of the degree programme, specialisation or optional professional studies, and key contents of the degree. In addition, the student receives a Diploma Supplement for international use.

The degree certificate is granted and signed by the president. The head of degree programme signs the appendices to the degree certificate.

The degree certificate is not assigned to students before they have delivered their thesis to the library in accordance with the thesis guidelines. Detailed guidelines for transferred theses can be found in TAMK's intranet.

The graduation day is the last working day of each month except for July and the graduation ceremony day of December. As a rule, students are to submit the online degree certificate application at least three weeks before the graduation day and at the same time check the correctness of the completed courses and other information to be given on the degree certificate. The application has to be submitted during the duration of the study right and all completed courses have to be registered then.

TAMK provides a Finnish and English certificate of the completed professional teacher education, special needs teacher education and guidance counsellor education. The student also receives a Certificate Supplement for international use.

The professional teacher education certificates are signed by the vice president. The certificate appendices are signed by the head of professional teacher education.

The graduation day of professional teacher educations is the last working day of each month except for July and the graduation ceremony day.

TAMK provides a Finnish certificate on specialisation studies. Those completing English specialisation studies receive both a Finnish and English certificate.

Specialisation study certificates are signed by the vice president.

30 § Cross-institutional studies and preliminary credit transfer

Attending students can complete applicable compulsory, optional or elective studies of bachelor’s degrees or professional teacher educations at higher education institutions with which TAMK has a separate agreement. Students are awarded a separate study right for the studies. More detailed guidelines on cross-institutional studies can be found in the study guide.

If it has been agreed on in advance that the studies to be completed are transferred to students’ bachelor’s degree or professional teacher education, students do not need to separately apply for credit transfer. The studies are described in TAMK's curricula or educational provision. A separate study right to cooperation institutions is registered for TAMK's attending students directly based on their study right at TAMK before the beginning of the studies.

The cooperation institution which provides the studies is in charge of assessment of the studies and the amendment procedure. In cross-institutional studies, students have to follow the rules and guidelines of the cooperation institution.

 

5 OTHER REGULATIONS

31 § Accessible learning and operating environment

TAMK commits itself to promote accessible higher education studying as required by the Non-Discrimination Act. Students' individual skills and abilities in completion of studies are reasonably considered in organisation of education and supervision of learning if possible.

32 § Fraud

If students make themselves guilty of a fraud in an examination, they will be asked to leave the examination session immediately and the examination will be failed. Copying of assignments, theses and other ready study performances or material to own study performances is forbidden. The study performance is failed if fraud is detected.

TAMK applies the National Advisory Board on Research Ethics' guidelines on good scientific practice and procedures for handling misconduct and fraud in science. The board was nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Procedures concerning fraud situations are described in TAMK's intranet and study guide.

 

6 EFFECTIVE DATE

33 § Effective date

These degree regulations are effective from 1 January 2019 and supersede the previous degree regulations which took effect on 1 September 2017. The degree regulations are applied to all students immediately after the regulations have become effective.

 

Further information: johdontuki.tamk@tuni.fi

Created:
30-01-2019
Updated:
21-11-2019