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Assessment of competence


Assessment of competence is based on learning objectives defined in the curriculum. Learning objectives depict what type of competence is required from a student to receive a degree. The assessment is considered in three points of view: student, working life representative/supervisor and teacher.

The assessment criteria derived from the learning objectives are used to identify learning outcome. Assessment of competence depicts how well set learning objectives have been achieved.

Developing the students study process takes into account the learning and the knowledge gained through academical perspective. The key factors in study process are self-evaluation and feedback received from teacher or supervisor as well sometimes from fellow students.

Competence is assessed from many perspectives by examining development in practical, academic, social and evaluative competence.

  • Practical competence is manifested as a systematic, smooth command of tasks.
  • Academic competence indicates a command of theoretical knowledge, an understanding of the connections between facts and processes and the ability to grasp entities.
  • Social competence is related to interactive competence; the ability to work as a member and a leader of a group.
  • Evaluative competence describes learning, evaluation and development skills related to one’s own work and the ability to develop and influence joint activity and activity that takes place in the surroundings.


Assessment methods are selected so that they truly measure achievement and the level of competence.

Assessment of competence and rectification of assessment comply with Lapland University of Applied Sciences’ degree regulations. Assessment is on a scale of 0–5 or pass/fail. Assessment criteria are defined for each study unit. A detailed assessment plan for each study unit is presented in the study unit’s implementation plan.

The feedback collected from the students will develop the quality of the degree programme. You have a change to give feedback about the implementation of the study units as well as overall yearly feedback.


Learning environments

Learning also takes place in diverse, changing environments consisting of laboratories, virtual surroundings, environments offered by international partners, working life and research, development and innovation projects