Welcome to teach at JAMK! Here you will find some practical information to plan your teaching period at JAMK.

Academic Year 2016-2017

The academic year runs from the beginning of August to the end of July: 1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017. The year is divided into five periods, summer studies are included in them.

The schedule of the Teacher Education College differs from the schedule of the other units.

Public Holidays

  • Independence Day: 6 December 2015
  • Christmas: 24-26 December 2015
  • New Year's Day: 1 January 2016
  • Epiphany: 6 January 2016
  • Easter: 25 March - 28 March 2016
  • May Day: 1 May 2016
  • Ascension Day: 5 May 2016
  • Whit Sunday: 15 May 2016
  • Midsummer: 25 June 2016

Class rooms and lectures

Our regular classrooms include a whiteboard, projector and active speakers. Teachers bring their own computers to the classroom. Additionally we have special spaces for learning/group work and computer classes. To use JAMK's computers on campus you need a temporary username and password. However, if you use your own computer there is no need for a username and password. The wifi network on campus is open. If you have any technical difficulties (computer, projector, speakers etc.) you can contact the IT-Helpdesk or ask for help from the Info desk.  

One lecture is 45 minutes. Lectures start either on the hour or quarter past, please check this from the regular teacher of the course. Also, please keep in mind that for long lectures (3 hours or longer) you may keep a 15 minute break.

ECTS in Brief

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a European system for the transfer and accumulation of study credits and grades. The system has been used for over ten years.

The purpose of reforming the system has been to create a uniform European higher education area.The ECTS increases the competiveness and attractiveness of European higher education, as compared to other continents, and facilitates student mobility and the comparison of the curricula of different higher education institutions. The starting point for the ECTS is the student workload needed to achieve the learning outcomes of a degree programme.

Please, see further information on the ECTS website of the European Commission.

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.