Approved by the board of Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd on 22 August 2017.

Degree Regulations of Tampere University of Applied Sciences from 1 September 2017

Contents:

1 EDUCATIONAL MISSION
1 § Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
2 § Degrees and related education
3 § Specialisation studies, specialisation studies and open higher education
4 § Quality assurance

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

3 REGISTRATION AND STUDY ENTITLEMENT
10 § Academic year
11 § Registration for attendance or non-attendance
12 § Duration of study entitlement
13 § Extension of study entitlement
14 § Loss of study entitlement
15 § Suspension of study entitlement in health care and social services
16 § Cancellation and return of study entitlement in health care and social services

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

5 OTHER REGULATIONS
29 § Accessible learning and operating environment
30 § Deceit
31 § Financial aid committee
32 § Student union

6 SCHOOL OF VOCATIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION
33 § Educational mission and structure of studies
34 § Student admission and acceptance of study places
35 § Registration and study entitlement
36 § Extension of study entitlement
37 § Certificate
38 § Cross-institutional studies and preliminary credit transfer

7 EFFECTIVE DATE
39 § Effective date

 

1 EDUCATIONAL MISSION

1 § Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)

The educational mission of TAMK is in accordance with the Polytechnics Act (932/2014) and Government Decree on Polytechnics (1129/2014).

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

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

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

TAMK also has School of Vocational Teacher Education. Its special regulations are described in section 6. In other respects, the vocational teacher education follows the regulations of the sections 1-5 when applicable.

Guidelines specifying the degree regulations are published in TAMK's quality manual 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 the higher education council of TAMK. The requirements related to development of the European higher education area have been considered in them. Curriculum descriptions and the credit system follow the common principles, which also help international comparison of degree programmes.

The credit system complies with the ECTS system, which defines that one academic year is equal to 60 credits. The 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 § Specialisation studies and open higher education

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 bachelor's degree education in the field of the specialisation studies. The minimum extent of the 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 the specialisation studies.

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

Open higher education studies
Open higher education studies fulfil the degree requirements of the university of applied sciences. The educational supply consists of degree-awarding courses. Open higher education studies are free of charge for attending students in degree-awarding education. It is possible to apply for a degree student through open higher education in accordance with the degree programme admission criteria.

4 § Quality assurance

TAMK's quality assurance includes a quality manual in intranet. The quality manual contains e.g. guidelines and forms for students and staff.

Course feedback forms a part of every course. With the feedback students evaluate their own learning and the course implementation.

There are also other feedbacks that are collected annually at TAMK and analysed in connection with the internal performance planning to develop activities.

 

2 STUDENT ADMISSION AND INTAKE OF STUDENTS

5 § Student admission and acceptance of study places

The higher education council of TAMK decides on student admission criteria. Student admission is implemented by means of the joint or separate application.

TAMK provides health care and social services 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 in charge of education decides on the acceptance of students on the head of study services' proposal.

Accepted students have to bindingly notify whether they accept the study place by the date defined by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Accepted students also have to register for attendance or non-attendance by the date set by the university of applied sciences or they will lose the study entitlement. The vice president in charge of education decides on changes of accepted study places on the head of study services' proposal. Student admission is conditional until the relevant original degree certificates have been checked.

Applicants can in written request for a correction to the student admission decision from TAMK's board of examiners in 14 days after the 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.

6 § Intake of transfer students

Transfer students are higher education degree students whose study entitlement is transferred from a Finnish higher education institution to another or in 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 entitlement and 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 terms.

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 in charge of education decides on the acceptance of transfer students on the head of degree programme's proposal. When the transfer student accepts the new study entitlement, (s)he loses the study entitlement 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.

7 § Selection of study path and optional professional studies

The study path or optional professional studies are selected during the second study year at the latest in degree programmes where students have to select a study path or optional professional studies. If all applicants cannot be admitted to the study path/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.

8 § Change of degree programme, study path or campus

The student can apply for the change of the degree programme in the same field of study if the Finnish degree title is the same. The change of the study path or campus is possible in the student's own 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 the applicant fulfils the degree programme eligibility criteria, has progressed well in his/her studies, and there are free study places in the student group. The student has to study at least one term 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 study path 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 normal application procedure at Studyinfo.fi service.

9 § Intake of exchange students

Exchange students are only accepted from the 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 ENTITLEMENT

10 § 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.

11 § Registration for attendance or non-attendance

To preserve their study entitlement, students have to register for attendance or non-attendance each academic year during the duration of the study entitlement as stipulated by TAMK. The registration obligation applies to all students in degree-awarding education. 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 the 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), or

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

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

Students may change their registration for the latter term by contacting the Study Services of the degree programme 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 term and absent for the spring term, or

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

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 term by 30 November by contacting the Study Services. The registration for attendance is made automatically 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 term at a time for one academic year in all. Students who have begun their studies at TAMK before 1 August 2015 may however be absent for a term 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 the student has been granted extension time, (s)he may not register as absent.

Students registered for non-attendance can use TAMK's network user identifications and student email but do not have the 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 entitlement.

12 § Duration of study entitlement

Studies have to be completed during the duration of the study entitlement. The duration of the study entitlement starts when the applicant has accepted the study place, TAMK has registered him/her as a student, and the student has registered for attendance for the first time.

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

In universities of applied sciences, 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, or maternity, paternity or parental leave, or being unable to begin the studies due to an illness or disability are not counted into the duration of the studies.

Students who have accepted their 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 entitlement.

The transfer student's study entitlement is based on the degree to which the transfer student is admitted. The attendance and non-attendance periods which the student has 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, i.e. during the duration of the study entitlement. 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, i.e. 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, i.e. during the duration of the study entitlement.

13 § Extension of study entitlement

If the student cannot complete his/her studies during the duration of the study entitlement, (s)he has to apply for extension of the study entitlement from the director of education before the study entitlement ends, i.e. by 30 November or 31 May. The study plan made by the student and student counsellor or teacher tutor in cooperation and the schedule for the studies have to be attached to the application. The student has to present the specific reasons that justify his/her application. The extension time can only be granted for minor studies missing from the degree 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. Extension time is not granted if the student already has the credits demanded for the degree.

A statutory fee is collected on processing of the application.

14 § Loss of study entitlement

Due to neglect of registration obligation
If a student neglects the registration obligation for attendance or non-attendance during the duration of the study entitlement, (s)he will lose the study entitlement. The student may apply for return of the study entitlement 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 entitlement
If the student does not complete his/her studies during the duration of the study entitlement, (s)he loses the study entitlement without a separate notice. The vice president in charge of education can on application return the study entitlement and grant the student extension time 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 entitlement 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.

Resigned students may on certain conditions have their study entitlement back on the vice president in charge of education's decision.

15 § Suspension of study entitlement in health care and social services

If a student refuses to participate in health or functional ability tests or examinations required by TAMK, his/her study entitlement can be suspended until (s)he agrees to the tests and examinations.

TAMK can require a student to present an extract from the criminal record if the student is given such duties in studies or  study-related clinical or practical training which substantially require working with minors. If the student refuses to present the extract from the criminal record, his/her study entitlement can be suspended until (s)he agrees to present the extract from the criminal record.

Guidelines for suspension of study entitlement can be found in TAMK's quality manual and study guide.

16 § Cancellation and return of study entitlement in health care and social services

The study entitlement 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 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 the student has been convicted of a crime that may prevent from working with minors.

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

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

The board of TAMK decides on cancellation and return of study entitlement on the proposal of the vice president in charge 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 entitlement from Opiskelijoiden oikeusturvalautakunta in 14 days after being informed of the decision and thereafter from Helsinki Administrative Court.

Guidelines for cancellation and return of study entitlement can be found in TAMK's quality manual and study guide.

 

4 COMPLETION OF STUDIES
 

17 § Individual study plan

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

18 § 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. Degree studies that form a general eligibility requirement for the education cannot be transferred. The degree programmes may decide on the maximum amount of studies to be transferred. Credit transfer decisions are made by the head of degree programme or a person determined by the head of degree programme.

Credit transfer for competence
It is possible to apply for recognition of competence acquired elsewhere, regardless of where and how it has been acquired. The recognised competence has to conform to 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. Evaluation 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 quality manual and study guide.

19 § Credit transfer for studies completed in international exchange

TAMK follows the credit transfer system approved by European Union and thus studies and practical training passed abroad are fully transferred to the completed degree 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 accepted by the head of degree programme on the proposal of the school's international coordinator. After the studies abroad, the receiving higher education 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 updated learning agreement.

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

Transferred studies and 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. In 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 in charge of education.

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

20 § 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. Exceptional organisation modes have been described in the guidelines specifying the degree programme curriculum. The student has the right and obligation to participate in the work forms of the degree programme courses in such a manner that the course objectives are attained. If the studies require compulsory attendance, the teacher has to write it into the course implementation plan.

Course-specific learning objectives and key contents are described in the curricula. The online implementation plan of the course describes the work forms, completion requirements, completion order, schedule, attendance requirements, and assessment 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 attended and in cases separately defined by the director of education they have to be passed prior to the beginning of the course.

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 the student 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 as a rule 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.

21 § 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, and also if the student has received his/her school education in some language other than Finnish or Swedish or the student has received his/her school education abroad. The student has 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 the student has received his/her school education in some language other than Finnish or Swedish or completed his/her 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 even if they had credit transfer for the thesis.

22 § Enrolment on courses

Courses are mainly enrolled on 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. 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.

23 § Assessment of completed courses

Assessment criteria of courses 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 evaluated 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 study guide or individual study plan.

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

The student has the right to receive feedback on the completed course, familiarise himself/ herself with the assessed study performance, and be informed of the application of assessment criteria in his/her own 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 entitled to have a transcript of records including the completed studies and grades during the studies.

24 § Amendment request

Amendment request to teacher

If the student is dissatisfied with the evaluation of his/her study performance or with credit transfer for studies or competence demonstrated otherwise, (s)he has 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 evaluation results and application of assessment criteria or the credit transfer decision. If the student notifies that (s)he will not content himself/herself with the amendment request decision, the decision and related grounds have to be given in written.

Amendment request to board of examiners

If dissatisfied with the amendment decision concerning evaluation 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 the 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.

25 § Retake of study performances and improvement of grades

Courses are defined in the curricula.

The examination or other assessed performance directly belonging to the course implementation mainly has to be organised during the course. Exceptional examination or assessment methods have been described in the guidelines specifying the degree programme curriculum. If the student does not pass or does not take part in the examination, (s)he has two retake attempts left. If the student is unable to present an acceptable reason for his/her absence in an examination or retake, the absence is considered as fail.

A failed course can be retaken twice on the days determined by the teacher. The teacher can enable retake of a part of a course. The teacher of the course informs about the retake days in the implementation plan and at the beginning of the course. Retakes are mainly to be completed during the same academic year. An exception to the two-retake-principle are the separately notified courses which can be retaken on TAMK's general retake examination days. If the student does not pass any of the retakes, (s)he has to re-enrol on the course and complete it as agreed on with the teacher.

The student has the right to try to improve the grade of passed courses once normally in connection with the course retake examination. Passed course implementations cannot be reattended. The student has the right to recomplete a transferred course on the head of degree programme's decision.

26 § 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 a degree programme.

27 § Degree certificate

TAMK awards the student a degree certificate for the degree (s)he has completed and a transcript of records as an appendix to it. The degree certificate states the degree and its extent, title, name of the degree programme and option, study path or optional professional studies, and key contents of the degree. In addition, the student receives a Diploma Supplement for international use.

Those graduating from the English degree programmes and double degree programmes receive both Finnish and English degree certificates.

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 the student before (s)he has delivered his/her thesis to the library in accordance with the thesis guidelines. Detailed guidelines for transferred theses can be found in TAMK's quality manual.

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 entitlement and all completed courses have to be registered then.

28 § Cross-institutional studies and preliminary credit transfer

Attending degree students can complete applicable compulsory, optional or elective studies of their degree at the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. The student is awarded a separate study entitlement for the studies.

If it has been agreed on in advance that the studies to be completed at the University of Tampere or Tampere University of Technology are transferred to the student's degree, the student does not need to separately apply for credit transfer. The studies are described in TAMK's curricula and implementation plans. The separate study entitlement to the other higher education institutions is registered for TAMK's attending degree students directly based on their study entitlement at TAMK before the beginning of the studies.

The cross-institutional studies provision is collected in an online service where the student can select the studies (s)he will complete.

The destination higher education institution (the University of Tampere or Tampere University of Technology) 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 University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology.

5 OTHER REGULATIONS

29 § 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.

30 § Fraud

If a student makes himself/herself guilty of a fraud in an examination, (s)he 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 quality manual and study guide.

31 § Financial aid committee

TAMK's financial aid committee selected by the higher education council for the period until 31 December 2017 comprises four staff representatives, four student representatives, and a secretary.

The duties of the financial aid committee are

  1. to follow the progress of studies and to provide statements, either spontaneously, at the request of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland or at the request of the student regarding the progress of studies;
  2. to determine the adequate extent of studies completed in the summertime;
  3. to provide statements either spontaneously or at the request of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland or the student on whether the maximum eligibility period of student financial aid may be extended when the student has received student financial aid for the maximum period.

32 § Student union

Tamko is the statutory and uncommitted student union of Tampere University of Applied Sciences. It proposes the general meeting nomination of student representatives to the board of the university of applied sciences, nominates student representatives to other multi-member organs and acts as a means of communication between the students and the administration of the university of applied sciences. Supervision of interests focuses on educational and social policy affairs.

 

6 SCHOOL OF VOCATIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION

33 § Educational mission and structure of studies

Tampere University of Applied Sciences' School of Vocational Teacher Education provides vocational teacher education for teachers working at universities of applied sciences and vocational institutions as well as for those wishing to become teachers. The education provides the pedagogical qualifications for teaching also in other educational institutions.

The School of Vocational Teacher Education also provides vocational special needs teacher education and vocational student counsellor education.

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

The extent of the educations is 60 credits.

34 § Student admission and acceptance of study places

The higher education council of TAMK decides on the admission criteria. Student admission is completed through the joint or separate application to vocational teacher education.

TAMK provides vocational 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 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 in charge of development decides on the student admission on the head of vocational teacher education's proposal.

Accepted students have to bindingly notify whether they accept the study place by the date defined by TAMK. Accepted students also have to register for attendance or non-attendance by the date set by the higher education institution or they will lose their study entitlement.

Applicants can in written apply 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 its decision to Hämeenlinna Administrative Court in 30 days after being informed of the decision.

35 § Registration and study entitlement

Studies have to be completed during the duration of the study entitlement, which is three years. The duration of the study entitlement starts when the applicant has accepted the study place, TAMK has registered him/her as a student, and the student has registered for attendance for the first time.

To preserve their study entitlement, students have to register for attendance or non-attendance each academic year during the duration of the study entitlement. Negligence of the registration obligation means loss of study entitlement.

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, or maternity, paternity or parental leave are not counted into the duration of the studies. Other absence of a maximum of two terms is not either counted into the duration of the studies if the student has registered for non-attendance.

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), or

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

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

Students can change their registration for the latter term by contacting the study services of the School of Vocational Teacher Education.

Students who have registered for non-attendance do not have the right to complete studies.

Students who have resigned from a vocational teacher education have to apply using the normal application procedure.

As regards suspension, cancellation and return of the study entitlement, TAMK's health care and social services guidelines available in the quality manual are followed.

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

36 § Extension of study entitlement

The head of vocational teacher education can grant extension time for completion of the studies based on the student's application. The extension time can only be granted for minor studies if graduation is realistic during the extension time. The extension time has to be applied during the duration of the study entitlement and it can only be granted once and for a maximum of a term.

A statutory fee is collected on processing of the application.

37 § Certificate

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

Those who complete the vocational teacher education in English receive both a Finnish and an English certificate.

The certificate is signed by the vice president in charge of development. The certificate appendices and Certificate Supplement are signed by the head of vocational teacher education.

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

38 § Cross-institutional studies and preliminary credit transfer

Attending vocational teacher education students can complete applicable compulsory or elective studies at the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. The student is awarded a separate study entitlement for the studies.

The 28 § of the degree regulations is followed as regards cross-institutional studies and preliminary credit transfer practices.
 

7 EFFECTIVE DATE

39 § Effective date

These degree regulations are effective from 1 September 2017 and supersede the previous degree regulations which took effect on 1 August 2016. The degree regulations are applied to all students immediately after the regulations have become effective.