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Course basic information

Basic information and descriptions of courses are confirmed in the curriculum. This information is intended to be a fixed part of the curriculum and is therefore not meant to be changed for as long as the curriculum remains in force.

Codes, names, scopes, teaching periods, languages, and other 
basic information of courses are rather permanent. Any desired change in the basic information requires discussions and justifications at the programme level when the next curriculum is being prepared; the changes must also be reported to Learning Services (LES) in order for system changes to be made. Some basic information may not be changed without establishing an entirely new course.



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The course code is composed of the following: ABBREVIATION – LETTER – SERIES NUMBER

Each school will give instructions on composing the abbreviations and series numbers of the courses. The letter indicates the status and level of the course as follows:

A = core studies, bachelor’s level

C = intermediate studies, bachelor’s level

(D = supplementary studies for a master’s degree)

E = master’s studies

L = doctoral studies

Cannot be changed


Instructions on the required language versions of the course name: The language of degree, instruction and study attainments and its influence on curricula and implementation of teaching

Cannot be changed


Scope of the course in credits:
Course workload and study time allocation

Cannot as a rule be changed

Status of the course

The major, programme or minor for which the course is primarily intended as part of the degree requirements, and information on whether the course is compulsory, alternative or elective.

Report any needed changes to LES.

Level of the course

Indicate whether the course is at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level. 

Report any needed changes to LES.

CEFR level

Applies only to language courses.

Doctoral-level course (P)

 Yes / No

Report any needed changes to LES. Required field.

Course with varying content (V)

Yes / No

It is possible to organize teaching under different themes with varying content under the same course. For example seminars in a specific field or a pilot courses.

Report any needed changes to LES. Required field.

Course may be repeated

Yes / No

Course can be included in the same degree several times.

Report any needed changes to LES.

Language of instruction and language of study attainment

The language in which the course is taught, and the language in which the student may complete the coursework for a study attainment. Instructions: The influence of the language of degree, instruction and study attainment on curricula and implementation of teaching (Language of instruction and study attainment (pdf)

Report any needed changes to LES.

Organising department code (T-number):

The cost pool code of the unit organising the teaching and its share of the responsibility as a percentage, if necessary.

Report any needed changes to LES.

Grading scale

The evaluation options are pass/fail or grading on a scale of 0–5. The oral and written tests of the second national language of Finland are graded tt (Satisfactory), ht (Good) or hylätty (Fail).

Report any needed changes to LES.

Teaching period

Periods, academic years and terms when teaching is given, e.g. I–II 2020–21 (autumn). State if lectures are given on alternate years, e.g. I–II 2020–21 (autumn), no lectures in 2021–22.

Give the period information for the entire length of the curriculum, i.e. from 2020 to 2022.

Report any needed changes to LES.


Each course is to have a teacher-in-charge, who is responsible for organising the course in accordance with the curriculum and study programme and for grading the courses. The teacher-in-charge of the course shall designate a deputy teacher-in-charge. The deputy will be responsible for the course if the teacher-in-charge is unavailable.
The teacher-in-charge takes part in the preparation of the curriculum and has the primary responsibility for ensuring that the course implementation promotes the desired learning outcomes and that the credits awarded correspond to the workload. In addition to the teacher-in-charge, several people may be involved in the teaching and grading of the course.  Teachers-in-charge may be professors, lecturers, university teachers, docents and on reasonable grounds, other members of staff. Visiting teachers may teach courses, but not be teachers-in-charge. The teacher-in-charge of courses that qualify as doctoral studies must be a professor or have completed a doctorate.

Report any needed changes to LES.

Substitutes for courses:

The discontinued course(s) for which the present course may substitute, if any. Indicate also any duplication of content between the current course and previous courses that prevents students from taking both courses. 

Report any needed changes to LES.


Studies that are recommended or that are prerequisite for participating in the course.

Report any needed changes to LES.

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