Optional Studies

Optional Studies

10.10.2018 14:12

Profiling studies build your competence on the work-related areas you want to develop.

Profiling and optional studies

Profiling studies build your competence on the work-related areas you want to develop. It allows you to turn your competence and your degree into something that matches your own goals. The amount of profiling studies depends on the degree you are taking. It may build from optional modules of your own degree programme, profiling studies of HAMK’s other degree programmes or some other profiling studies.

Optional studies provide an opportunity to expand, deepen and supplement your professional skills and personal development according to your own goals. You may choose optional studies to your personal study plan (PSP) from your group curriculum, other HAMK’s curricula or common course selection. Besides this, you may find optional studies from other higher education institutions, open universities, or as personal studies through different learning environments, projects and company collaboration.

Make sure that studies are suitable for you PSP before enrolling, and please note that you cannot include Bachelor level studies to your Master’s Degree.

HAMK’s study selection

You can find HAMK’s study selection on the Curricula website and implementation plans in Finnish and English on module selection website. Choose Degree programme – Vapaavalintaiset HAMK (optional studies in Finnish). The study selection also includes studies supporting your other studies.

Open UAS

Open UAS study selection and registration practices can be found on the websites of each university of applied sciences. HAMK students pay the study fee to the UAS that provides the course, and after receiving the transcript of records, they can start the RPL procedure. Other studies than those listed in summerstudies.fi are subject to charges, except the Averko studies by Centria university of applied sciences.

In HAMK, our own open UAS study selection is available for HAMK students free of charge if the studies can be included in student’s PSP. Students register for studies on the student desktop, Pakki.

Optional language studies at HAMK area high schools

  • Kauriala and Lyseo in Hämeenlinna, plus Riihimäki and Valkeakoski Upper Secondary Schools provide optional (short), B3 –language studies, e.g. French, Russian, Spanish, German
  • studies are free of charge for HAMK’s bachelor degree students
  • language studies must be completed during bachelor degree studies and approved by study advisor or head of degree
  • if the student has already studied basics of language in question, he should take advanced course
  • one course in high school = 3 cr in HAMKissa
  • evaluation accepted H – pass
  • contact your degree programme study advisor for more information

Personal studies

We can also give you credits from studies, which are not in any of HAMK’s curricula i.e. R&D projects, student exchange, student tutoring, defense force studies, or civic organization activity. Also you may earn credits by actively participating in educational politics and activities of the student union, such as acting as a HAMKO tutor.
The student counsellor adds these credits to your PSP after a counselling session or as agreed.

YH00BM93 Peer tutoring

Students understand the importance and role of peer guidance and peer tutoring as part of student guidance at the higher education institution. Students are able to act as tutors and guide the new students at HAMK. Students working as tutors will develop their own community and co-operation skills, as well as strengthen guidance and leadership skills. 

Tutoring consists of tutor training sessions and working as a tutor. Through training sessions, the tutor becomes familiar with the functions of the higher education institution and the study environment. Training sessions strengthen the ability of a tutor to work as a responsible peer guide and to encounter and act in different guidance situations. Students will work as tutors in their own degree programme in cooperation with other trained tutors. Tutors can choose to complete additional international tutor training after the basic training sessions. International tutors will work as tutors for incoming exchange students. 

YH00BM94 Responsible tutoring

Students will use their previous experiences and knowledge of tutoring to improve and develop tutoring and student guidance in their own degree programme and in the whole higher education institution. Students will work as responsible tutors in their own degree programme and/or study campus or improve their knowledge by working as an international tutor for incoming exchange students. 

Responsible tutors know how to organise and coordinate tutoring activities in their own degree programme and/or between different degree programmes at their own study campus. Responsible tutors will work as a link between active tutors and staff members of the higher education institution. Responsible tutors work as peer-to-peer leaders for tutors performing their first year as tutors, and guide and support them in cooperation with study counsellors.

9999H374 Student involment in quality assurance

The student recognizes the principles of student feedback as a part of HAMK’s Quality Assurance. S/he can carry out a group interview and is able in a target oriented way to present his/her study group’s opinions and use feedback as an effective tool in a development process.

Assessment methods and evaluation:
The student writes a portfolio where s/he describes and analyses his/her participation and development during the feedback discussions and the quality assurance process. Portfolio and memos from the feedback discussions should be delivered to the Coordinator of Education of students Degree programme. Successful assessment includes participation in to the feedback discussions during the Performance agreement negotiations and participation in to feedback discussions of students own Degree Programme in E &R Centre. The student should participate to at least four different feedback discussions.

9999H373 Student union and civic organisation activities

After the course Student union and civic organisation activities the student is able to apply the legal background of the student and non-governmental activities. The student is able to form targets for the activity, responsibly develop the process, take part in to decision making in association activities and be an active member of the meetings. Additionally the student is able to represent the common benefit of the organisation.

Assessment methods and evaluation: 1. Student activity in student union HAMKO (3-6 cr): The student participates in the student unions activities. S/he writes a portfolio of the activities and asks certificates of his/her confidential posts from the chairman of a student union. Vice-Rector responsible for Education will grant the credits.-6cr implementation: Active and successful performance as a President or Vice-President for one season OR being an active member of the board for two seasons -5cr implementation: Active and successful performance in the board for one season -3cr implementation: Active and successful performance as a member of a representative body for two months OR performance in the board of representative body for one season. 2. Other civic organisation activity 3 cr: The student can apply credits from his/her other civic organisation activity (i.e. activity in a nationwide association, position of trust) through the RPL -process (demonstration of skills). Attached to the application should be the student’s portfolio and copies of the certificates from positions of trust.

99991209 Marketing your education and competence

Scope: 1 – 3 credits
Learning outcomes: The students improve their public speaking and interaction skills and their sales and marketing skills. The students learn to describe their education and practise marketing their competence. The students are introduced to and learn to use various channels of marketing communication. 

Content: The students learn about marketing by taking part in HAMK’s marketing efforts. This participation may include students acting as presenters at fairs, taking part in school visits, describing their education to various groups, planning or implementing their own marketing projects, taking part in photo shoots, blogging or video blogging, or using other social media channels. The activities are selected together with a personnel member. The students receive training or instructions for their duties, and the relevant requirements are explained to them. The personnel member in charge of the learning task will guide the students and give feedback. The students will record their learning tasks in a HAMK form, 27 hours of work corresponds with 1 credit. The maximum number of credits is 3. A HAMK personnel member will check and acknowledge the completed activities. The students can keep collecting learning tasks throughout their studies, rather than having to accumulate them during a particular semester or academic year. 

When students wish to cash in the credits, they submit a summary of the completed activities and a self-assessment of some 1-2 pages to their student counsellor, who will enter the credits in the student’s PSP. The self-assessment should include: the objectives and modes of implementation of the completed activities, an evaluation of the student’s personal success, development ideas. To attain the credits, the student needs to submit a list of the activities completed (date, theme, acknowledgement of the staff member in charge) and a self-assessment.

Assessment criteria: The course will be assessed on the scale Pass/Fai.

Virtual studies in industrial management

Virtual studies are a great way to enhance your competences while still being fully involved with the studies in your own degree programme. Have a look at the curriculum we offer to see if there is something that adds value to your own degree studies.

Flexibility is the key

Do you want to take optional studies without the hassle of trying to fit everything in a single school day? Do you want to enhance your professional competences with management skills? Then our virtual studies in Industrial Management and Logistics might be just the thing for you!

We offer a range of studies either as repeated virtual courses, summer courses, or online courses available at any given time during an academic year. Most of the courses are repeated at the very least 2 times during an academic year. We feel that this type of a structure will give you a more flexible basis for planning your studies in advance, and also for getting the most out of your studies in the long-term. On top of this, we offer all of our courses both in English and in Finnish languages.

What about my learning style?

The format of the individual courses differs from course to course. Some of the courses are highly geared towards project-based learning, while others are based more on individual work which can be done at any given time. We want to give you a chance to build practical experience whilst also being able to study without the added time restrictions of normal life. The course format will be explained in detail in the implementation plan for each course.

Who can take these studies?

These studies are available for everyone studying in HAMK University of Applied Sciences, as well as Open University students. On most cases we do not demand that you possess any prerequisite skills, but strive to build those required skills during the courses themselves. If prerequisites do exist, these are mentioned within the implementation plan for the course in question. Depending on your interests you can either take a single course or even a whole module of courses.


Here you find information on the courses we offer as optional studies along with general descriptions on the contents of each larger module. Even though we have organized all of these studies in larger modules of 15 ECTS (apart from few courses), you can still take each of the courses individually unless otherwise mentioned in the module description.

Operations development 2018-2019, 15 ECTS

operations develpment figure

For more information please visit the links below:
Process management 5 ECTS
Quality Management 5 ECTS, current
Quality Management 5 ECTS, coming in January
Production Plannig 5 ECTS

Operations development deals with the subject of improving and planning business operations. Rationalizing work, and making sure customers get exactly what they want when they want it, is important for every organization – and this is the subject of this module! 

Logistict 2018-2019, 15 ECTS

logistics figure

For more information please visit the links below:
Supply Chain Management 5 ECTS
Inventory Management 5 ECTS, current
Inventory Management 5 ECTS, coming in January
Transportation 5 ECTS

Our modern world revolves with Logistics. It is needed to make sure we have our daily necessities available to us at reasonable prices. This, of course, has to be done without forgetting the environment. Logistics and supply chain management is an extremely important aspect of any type of any manufacturing, retail or service operation. Within this module, Supply Chain Management will teach you the larger framework of networked operations while the other two courses will introduce you to more detailed aspects of this same subject. Later on we will offer one of these courses as an online study.

Industrial management 2018-2019, 15 ECTS

industrial management figure

For more information please visit the links below:
Purchasing 5 ECTS 
B2B Marketing and Sales 5 ECTS

In all businesses – every day – you’ll meet the need to understand the basic issues related management & finance, marketing / sales and purchasing. This Industrial Management package gives you views to these fundaments.

B2B service business 2018-2019, 15 ECTS

b2b service business figure

For more information please visit the links below:
Service Business B2B 5 ECTS
Organizing Service Business 5 ECTS
Marketing and Selling Service Products 5 ECTS

More and more companies realize that building high tech and quality products is not just enough – you need to deliver more. B2B Services come to the picture when expanding the company offering from products to also cover services. Services can also give revenue streams that supplement the cyclical nature of project -based businesses nicely. It is recommended to take the courses in the listed order so that the first course (B2B Service Business) is completed first.

Entrepreneurship 2018-2019, 6 ECTS

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For more information please visit the links below:
Enterpreneurship – attitude and action 3 ECTS
Basics of business operations 3 ECTS

Small and medium-sized businesses, run by high quality Entrepreneurship, are the future of this country in terms of economic growth potential. It is a fact that the biggest amount of new jobs are formed in SME’s. At the moment there are approximately 261000 entrepreneurs in Finland, which amounts to ~10,8 % of the whole working population – and this number is expected to grow. This means that having a solid understanding of this subject is a crucial competence for each one of us, independent of the degree we are studying for.

The above entrepreneuriship studies will be updated to the following. Scheduling for these new courses will be announced later on.

Other virtual studies 2018-2019

other virtual studies figure

For more information please visit the links below:
Basics of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems 5 ECTS
Basics of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, coming in January
Project Management 3 ECTS

We also offer a few individual optional courses which we think are helpful for each one of us. Enterprise resource planning systems are IT systems utilized by businesses to manage the daily flows of work within the company. During Basics of ERP Systems, which is organized as an online course, we will practice the most common jobs with the SAP ECC system used by over 50 000 companies globally. You will learn to perform the basic purchasing, sales, etc. tasks with the system during this course, while getting to understand why things are done in a certain way as well. Project Management is still a work in progress, and we’ll inform you of this course here later on.

Practical aspects – What do I need to know?

Virtual studies are close to normal studies in some respects, but differ a bit in others. The main things to be aware of in a practical sense are:

  • Always familiarize yourself with the implementation plan before enrolling for a course. This document contains pretty much all of the things you need to know in advance.
  • Only enroll for courses which you plan on finishing. Our courses repeat regularly, which will allow you to keep your study load reasonable.
  • Be an active and positive communicator, communication is the basis of all learning. This applies especially in the virtual domain: we have to work for it.
  • We will always be happy to provide guidance and help in relation to our courses. Don’t hesitate to contact us!
  • Virtual studies will always demand a bit more organizational skills from you than normal studies. Take responsibility for your own learning.
  • We will mostly use the following tools for in-course communication:
    • WebEx,
    • Skype for Business &
    • Moodle.

Open university students

You can enroll for the courses at the moment through our student advisor Annina Herala-Hemmilä (annina.herala-hemmila@hamk.fi).

Company cases

Student projects offer hands-on opportunities for students to learn in a real-world setting. The value of these types of learning experiences cannot be underestimated. For companies, these can offer fresh ideas into developing their businesses.

Project-based learning is a good opportunity

​During some of these virtual courses we regularly organize practical student projects. If your company has specific problems which could be solved by a student project, please contact us and we will see how we could proceed with it.

On a general level there are two ways in which we could typically proceed:

  • group work done during a specific course
  • project- / workplace studies done by individual students who are interested in this format of studying

We think that through well-organized and properly defined student projects everyone wins. Our students gain practical experience and real-world contacts. Businesses within our operational area on the other hand can gain fresh ideas to solving problems they are facing daily.

Some examples of this kind of company cases:

  • B2B Marketing and Sales Plan for specific market as per your need
  • Report covering development ideas for B2B Service business of your company

If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact:

Hannu Rossi, senior lecturer
+358-40-550 5714