Assessment of studies
HAMK degrees are mainly composed of modules that are functional entities with connections to the world of work. Modules may include separate items that will be assessed. Even if the modules would have assessment items, the entire module should also be assessed.
HAMK applies competency-based assessment. This means that the assessment of modules is based on the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the modules. Module learning outcomes are eventually based on the intended learning outcomes of the entire degree i.e. the skills and knowledge necessary to take up jobs that correspond to the qualification level of the degree.
The learning outcomes of a module are usually assessed with numeric grades (scale 1-5), 5 showing excellent competence, 4 and 3 good competence 2 and 1 satisfactory competence in relation to the module learning outcomes. Grade 0 means that you have not passed the module. When the teacher awards grade 0, an explanation of the failure should always be included in the record. This way, the student will know what to do to complete the module. However, the students will get grades from the modules’s approved credits. In some cases, the assessment is done on a scale H approved – 0 fail. Also in these cases, the explanation for failure must be recorded.
Competence assessment also includes continuous feedback of your progress. Thus, assessment is continuous collaboration and interaction between students, teachers, workplace supervisors and project clients. You will get both written and oral feedback on how your competencies are developing. The idea of feedback is to encourage you to develop your skills. As a student, you will also have an important role in self and peer assessment.
Competence assessment happens in a variety of ways and in diverse environments. You will find a more detailed description of assessment criteria in each module’s implementation plan. You may also ask the module teachers for further information.
Prior to starting your studies, have you acquired competencies that correspond to the learning outcomes and level of the degree you are studying? Or do you have hobbies, work or other studies that increase this kind of competence during your studies?
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) means recognising and accrediting the competences acquired elsewhere and prior to your studies. The idea is that you do not have to study something that you already know, and your competency will be accredited as part of your degree.
RPL may cover whole modules or some parts of the modules. Competencies may have been acquired in other universities, at work, or in hobbies. It does not matter where the skills have been learned as long as they can be recognised and accredited as part of your degree. If you wish to have your prior learning recognised, you can start the RPL process (see the picture below). Bring it into discussion when you familiarise yourself with the learning outcomes of your degree and plan your personal study plan.