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From this study guide you can find information and support for your studies.

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
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)


The recognition of prior learning (RPL) can be done right at the beginning of your studies or at a later stage. RPL values all kinds of learning and that is why attention is paid to your competence itself, not where or how it was acquired. The benefits of the recognition of prior learning include e.g. graduation at a faster pace, elimination of overlapping course contents and awareness of your own competences.

It is important that you familiarise yourself with the curriculum and recognise your own learning in relation to the learning objectives of courses. Please get prepared for Individual Study Plan (ISP) discussions by compiling documents for demonstrating your competences, such as competence description forms and work testimonials.

RPL process

  • Please discuss the recognition of prior learning with the Study Counsellor of your degree programme.
  • You can apply for the recognition of prior learning by filling in an online application form on Peppi and sending the application to the Coordinator of your degree programme.
  • The Study Counsellor makes the decision about approving/rejecting your attainment or having it supplemented by a skills demonstration. Skills demonstration methods include work tests, interviews and written assignments. Recognition of prior learning can be influenced by the age and assessment of the attainment as well as programme-specific practices and guidelines.
  • You will be informed of the decision on Peppi. You have also a possibility to appeal the decision according to the instructions linked to the decision.


Instructions for the eRPL applications can be found here.

The Coordinator of your degree programme can help you fill the eRPL application.

More information about the recognition of prior learning can be found from Lapland UAS Degree Regulations.

e-Learning at Lapland UAS
Lapland UAS is a pioneer in on-line education. eLearning is conducted via a variety of Internet environments. You can choose your place of study yourself as long as the computer and network connections are good. In essence, e-learning has the same elements as traditional education forms, as online courses too comprise reading, writing, listening and speaking. Likewise, online studies usually feature scheduled classes and tasks, only the learning environment is virtual. Like other types of learning, eLearning requires initiative and self-discipline, as well as time management and information retrieval skills. The amount of eLearning varies per degree programme, from complete online degrees (eDegree) to incidental online tasks in otherwise traditional studies. In adult education, eLearning plays a key role, as it allows students to combine study and work regardless of where they are located or how they are occupied. However, even regular daytime education can benefit from the opportunities offered by eLearning approaches.

At Lapland UAS eLearning is conducted mainly via a virtual learning platform (Moodle) and via a virtual classroom (Adobe Connect). The Moodle learning environment offers a wide variety of tools for displaying electronic learning materials, conducting text-based online discussions, as well as working on quizzes and assignments individually, or in small groups. Moodle also provides access to the e-portfolio environment Mahara. In the iLinc virtual classroom teachers and students communicate and work together in real-time in front of their computers using a headset with microphone. The virtual classroom can display computer applications and files from the user's computers, allows text chat and team work in break out groups. In addition to these two online environments, at Lapland UAS, students can utilise a variety of social media applications, among others wikis and blogs.

When participating in eLearning, the users are themselves responsible for the working order of their computer and internet connection. Other than that on-line studies do not require special skills; basic computer and Internet skills are sufficient. At the beginning of their studies students are trained in the use of the online learning environments, as well as in basic information technology skills. Training and eLearning support are provided by the eLearning Services and are available Monday through Friday from 8-21 and on Saturday by appointment.

eLearning portal: www.oppimispalvelut.fi
Contact us by e-mail: eoppimispalvelutLapin AMK sähköposti harmaa

Student feedback

Students are expected to provide feedback during their studies, when graduating, and five years after graduation, by responding to surveys evaluating these different stages of studies and careers. Feedback is collected using electronic systems and all responses are completely anonymous. All feedback is utilized in developing our activities and the quality of our education. 

Study feedback 

During studies students can give continuous feedback as well as final feedback on study units via Peppi study data service. Those who give feedback have access to read a summary report and teacher’s feedback-on-feedback.

Graduand feedback

When graduating, students can give feedback on their whole degree by responding to national student feedback survey for graduating students. The survey results are available at the Vipunen portal.

Career monitoring survey

All graduates will be invited to respond to a national career monitoring survey five years after graduation. The survey examines the employment of university of applied sciences graduates and their satisfaction with the degree and career. The survey results are available at the Vipunen portal.