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

Academic Year and Semester Dates

The official academic year runs from 1 August to 31 July.
The year is divided into five periods, summer studies are included in them.

The semesters runs as follows:

  • Autumn semester from mid-August to mid-December
  • Spring semester from beginning of January (in the School of Business from the beginning of February) to mid-May (in the School of Business towards the end of June)

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 (available  from ICT-services and info-services). However, if you use your own computer there is no need for a username and password. If you have any technical difficulties (computer, projector, speakers etc.) you can contact the ICT-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

The competence attained during a course is assessed in relation to the learning outcomes for the course. The assessment is carried out using the scale specified in the course description. The scale may range from zero to five:

  • 5 (Excellent),
  • 4 (Very Good),
  • 3 (Good),
  • 2 (Satisfactory),
  • 1 (Sufficient)
  • 0 (Fail)

or a course is passed without a grade (H).

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

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.

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. In cases where the course assessment is based solely on an exam, the student has a right to improve a passing grade once. The grade can be improved upon agreement with the Course Tutor by the end of the following semester after the course has ended. Passing grades will remain in the transcript of records.

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.