Documents
Resources
Learning Center
Upload
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out

ACADEMIC YEAR - DOC

VIEWS: 187 PAGES: 54

									ACADEMIC YEAR
2004 – 2005

NORTH KARELIA POLYTECHNIC




LIVING ROUND THE CLOCK




Publisher
North Karelia Polytechnic
Student Services Office

Layout
Eija Piiparinen

Cover
Leea Wasenius



Distribution
North Karelia Polytechnic
Student Services Office
Tikkarinne 9, 80200 Joensuu
Opintotoimisto@ncp.fi
DEAR STUDENT,

Welcome to begin your studies in a new academic year at North Karelia Polytechnic. The information in this
booklet has been collected by the Student Services Office to assist you with your studies. This booklet will give
answers to the most frequently asked questions and help you to resolve the most common problems. However,
you may always contact the Student Services Office, if anything comes up – we are here for you.

Student administration and services at North Karelia Polytechnic are available mainly in the Student Services
Office, where all Polytechnic students can visit. The office of each degree programme is responsible, e.g. for
study certificates, receiving financial aid applications and transcripts of the records.

The Student Services Office assists you with your studies. Among other things, the following services are
provided:
    - enrolment
    - student registers and study certificates
    - matters related to financial aid (Financial Aid Committee, distributing applications to the KELA Centre for
        Student Financial Aid, information about financial aid, monitoring the progress of studies)
    - transcripts of the records
    - degree certificates
    - statistics
    - editing the Study Guide and Academic Year publications as well as selling the Study Guide
    - advisory services for students
    - information about applications, joint applications, student selections
    - forms for resignation, etc.


STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE
Tikkarinne 9, C-Building, 1st floor
80200 Joensuu
Phone: (013) 260 600 (switchboard)
Fax: (013) 260 6411
Email: opintotoimisto@ncp.fi, hakutoimisto@ncp.fi
Virtual Student Services: www.ncp.fi/virtuaaliopiskelijapalvelut

Staff

Office Manager, Secretary of the Financial Aid Committee
Ms Hilkka Korhonen
Tel: (013) 260 6409, 050 367 5193
Email: Hilkka.Korhonen@ncp.fi

Secretary, Financial Aid Secretary
Ms Kirsi Kukkonen
Tel: (013) 260 6410, 050 408 8429
Email: Kirsi.Kukkonen@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Eija Piiparinen
Tel: (013) 260 6413, 050 410 9573
Email: Eija.Piiparinen@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Pirjo Turtiainen
Tel: (013) 260 6414, 050 594 4022
Email: Pirjo.Turtiainen@ncp.fi
Secretary Ms Sari Palm
Tel: (013) 260 6412
Email: Sari.Palm@ncp.fi

Office hours:
During the academic year 1 Sep – 31 May:
Mon, Wed and Fri at 9 – 13
Tue and Thu at 9 – 15

In summer 1 Jun – 31 Aug:
Mon – Fri at 9 – 13

Wishing you an interesting academic year 2004 - 2005!


CONTENTS

DEAR STUDENT – GREETINGS FROM THE STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE
WELCOME TO STUDY AT THE POLYTECHNIC – GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT, MR. MALJOJOKI
GREETINGS FROM THE STUDENT UNION NOCAPO
ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANISATION
The Board of North Karelia Polytechnic
The Polytechnic Board
Financial Aid Committee
Board of Examiners
College of Examiners
THE VISION, MISSION AND OPERATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE POLYTECHNIC
DEGREE REGULATIONS, DEGREE PROGRAMMES, DEGREES, EXTENTS

STUDENT SELECTION

PRESIDENT‟S OFFICE

CAMPUSES

DEGREE PROGRAMMES AND OFFICES

ACADEMIC YEAR, SEMESTERS AND VACATIONS

RIGHT TO STUDY
Enrolment as a Student
Restrictions Concerning the Duration and Time of Studies
Graduation and a Degree Certificate
Resignation from North Karelia Polytechnic
Changes in Status and Personal Information

STRUCTURE OF STUDIES

STUDY GUIDE AND COURSE SUPPLY

STUDENT COUNSELLING AND TUTORING

LANGUAGE STUDIES
INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

CREDITS AND EVALUATION
Enrolment in a Study Unit
Record of Credits
WinhaPro Student Web-pages
Optional Studies
Virtual Studies
Correction of Marks/ Grades

ADULT EDUCATION

OTHER SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
Library and Information Services
Computing Services
Recruiting Services
Internal Communication at North Karelia Polytechnic
Student Health Care Services
Other Public and Private Health Care Services
Insurance Cover
Housing

STUDENT ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY CHURCHES
Activities of Lutheran Parishes
Greek Orthodox Church in Joensuu

STUDENT UNION NoCaPo – LOOKING AFTER STUDENTS

FINANCIAL AID FOR SUDENTS
Financial Aid Committee
Duration of Degree Studies and the Maximum Number of Subsidised Months
Subsidised Months per Each Academic Year
Grounds for Full-time Studies and Study Progress at NCP
Financial Aid – Student‟s own Responsibility
Monitoring the Progress in Studies
Practical Implementations
Financial Aid and Student‟s Other Income
Financial Aid for Summer Studies
Financial Aid for Studies and Training Abroad
Financial Aid after Aid Period
KELA Meal Subsidy

STUDY COSTS AND FEES

STUDENT BENEFITS
Student Card of the National Board of Education
VR – Nationwide Rail Service
Matkahuolto – Nationwide Bus Service

CAMPUS CANTEENS THAT RECOGNISE KELA MEAL SUBSIDY
IMPORTANT ADDRESSES AND DATES

DEGREE REGULATIONS
FINANCIAL AID COMMITTEE REGULATIONS
COLLEGES OF EXAMINERS 1 AUG 2004 – 31 JUL 2006
Meetings of Colleges of Examiners in 2004 – 05
THEORY AND PRACTICE

I welcome you first-year student and continuing student to start the academic year 2004-2005 at our Polytechnic.
Now, at the start of our thirteenth academic year, over 4000 students in seven different fields are studying at our
Polytechnic. During the years 1995-2004, already 4317 polytechnic degrees have been taken in North Karelia
Polytechnic.

Polytechnic studies consist of basic studies, professional studies, optional studies, practical training and thesis. It
is characteristic of your studies to include both theory and practice, and all these studies are important for the
development of your professional expertise and competence. It is, therefore, essential to plan and carry them out
carefully.

North Karelia Polytechnic is known as a multidisciplinary and international institution of higher education, with a
significant role in regional development work. As an acknowledgement of our regional influence, the Ministry of
Education nominated, based on versatile assessment, North Karelia Polytechnic as the leading expert
organisation in regional development for the years 2003-2004. Additionally, our Polytechnic was awarded for
good educational attractiveness and study progress.

Good results in studies, teaching and practical training can be achieved with careful planning, activities
promoting the development of the competence, and with active co-operation. You can get valuable information,
advice and guidance from your teachers and student counsellors concerning your studies. It is also
recommendable to co-operate with student tutors and other students. Our student counselling services are
especially aimed at students - be sure to take advantage of them at different stages of your studies!

During the previous years, our students have made good progress in their studies. In 2003, 82.7 % of our
students were studying within the regular study time (the defined duration of studies for a degree), and only 1.3
% of students had extended their study time. The corresponding figures in other Finnish Polytechnics were 79.5
% and 2.5 %. Additionally, concerning undertaking entrepreneurship after studies, we are in the leading edge
among Finnish Polytechnics – we were in the first place with students graduated in 2001 and in the second
place with students graduated in 2002.

Dear student! It is my sincere hope that this be a great, successful year for you and your studies here at the
Polytechnic. As you plan and realise your studies and co-operate with your fellow students, teachers and other
personnel at the Polytechnic, your and our Polytechnic‟s results will be as good this year as in the previous
years. I hope that you will enjoy your time here in North Karelia both in your studies and in your free time, and
that you will get experiences and competence that will speak to you also after your studies!


Joensuu, 11 August 2004

Mr Pentti Maljojoki
President
The NoCaPo Student Government – Looking After Students!

A big hello to all our fellow students and all the rest of the Polytechnic personnel. The time
has again come to start a new academic year and hard work at North Karelia Polytechnic.
The NoCaPo Student Government also starts the new academic year energetically in the new
premises in Tikkarinne, situated downstairs, below the Student Services Office.

The NoCaPo Student Government is responsible for the interest group activity of the students
at North Karelia Polytechnic, including supervision of the students‟ interests, organizing
shared student events and parties of different kind, arranging student discounts, giving
assistance for exchange students, and perhaps the most important thing, ordering student
cards for the students. We also are a member of the national parent organization for
Polytechnic students, The Union of Finnish Polytechnic Students, abbreviated SAMOK.

We will begin our autumn traditionally with Lehtiä Ilosaaressa-student party on 14 September
2004 at Ilosaari. The evening will continue with the traditional bar tour, since the same ticket
is valid for all the bars in Joensuu. In early November and in the spring we will also have our
traditional Sports Activity Days which will include cultural events as well, and of course the
evening parties.

The NoCaPo Student Government wishes everyone success for the academic year 2004-
2005!

The NoCaPo Student Government of North Karelia Polytechnic.

You can e-mail us:
Chair of the Board: pjnocapo@pollex.ncp.fi
Secretary: psnocapo@pollex.ncp.fi
ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANISATION

North Karelia Polytechnic was the first multidisciplinary polytechnic in Finland to finish its maintenance
settlement in June 1994. It was given a permanent status in 1996. At the moment the Polytechnic is a
commercial enterprise maintained by the City of Joensuu.

The Polytechnic is managed by the Board of North Karelia Polytechnic, the President and the Polytechnic Board.
There is a management group lead by the President to help the President and the Polytechnic Board.


The Board of North Karelia Polytechnic

The Board consisting of seven members is responsible, e.g. for fulfilling the operational and economic aims of
the Polytechnic.

The Board during the period 1.1.2001 – 31.12.2004:

Chair, Ms Säde Tahvanainen, Member of the Parliament
(Ms Maarit Forsberg-Kettunen, Physiotherapist)
Vice-chair, Mr Reino Sihvola, Executive Director
(Ms Raija Kurkela, ME)
Ms Kaija Tiensuu, Foreman
(Mr Lauri Sikanen, Lecturer)
Mr Matti Mikkonen, Communications Manager
(Mr Marko Haakana, Executive Director)
Mr Teuvo Gerlander, Lecturer
(Ms Kaisa Turunen, Special Education Teacher)
Ms Ulla Mikkola, Manager of the Information Department
(Mr Antti Toivola, Entrepreneur)
Mr Kari Mikkonen, Insurance Agent
(Ms Merja Makkonen, Teacher, Kindergarten)
Representative of the City Board, Ms Pirkko Ratilainen, ME, Class Teacher
(Ms Marjo Hämäläinen, Information Worker)

The representatives of the Polytechnic:
Mr Pentti Maljojoki, President
Mr Raimo Saarelainen, Vice President
Secretary Mr Eero Elsinen, Director of Finance

The Polytechnic Board

The Polytechnic Board, the members of which are representatives appointed by the students, personnel and
partners, has the highest authority in the educational administration of the Polytechnic. The President acts as the
Chair of the Polytechnic Board. Three of the eleven members are from outside the Polytechnic. The Board
makes decisions concerning such matters as degree programmes and specialisation options, the intake and
number of students, degree regulations, curricula, student selections and organising tests as well as personnel
politics and staff training. The Student Aid Financial Committee, the Board of Examiners and the College of
Examiners are appointed by the Polytechnic Board.

The Polytechnic Board during the period 1.8.2002 – 31.7.2005:

The representatives of the management group:
Ms Aulikki Pänttönen, Director
(Mr Harri Mikkonen, Director)
Mr Raimo Saarelainen, Vice-president
(Mr Eero Elsinen, Director of Finance)

The representatives of economic life:
Ms Pirkko Keskisärkkä, Administrative Director of Nursing Service
(Mr Kari Rantanen, Managing Director)
Mr Ari Hakkarainen, Managing Director
(personal substitute member will be appointed later)
Mr Pekka T. Rajala, Regional Manager
(Mr Heikki Hämäläinen, Managing Director)

The representatives of the polytechnic personnel:
Ms Arja Holopainen, Principal Lecturer
(Mr Jouni Hietaranta, Lecturer)
Mr Petri Laitinen, Lecturer
(Ms Jaana Timonen, Lecturer)
Ms Pirjo Turtiainen, Secretary
(Ms Helena Sutinen, Secretary)

Representative of the Board of North Karelia Polytechnic:
Mr Matti Mikkonen, Communications Manager
(Ms Ulla Mikkola, Manager of the Information Department)

The representatives of the students:
Ms Jenni Saarinen, Business Economics
(Mr Tommi Rautiainen, International Business)

(Mr Seppo Väyrynen, Business Administration)

Chair, Mr Pentti Maljojoki, President
Vice-chair, Mr Raimo Saarelainen, Vice President
Secretary Lasse Neuvonen, Director of Development



Financial Aid Committee

Based on the law for student benefits (7.5.2004, 9 §), each institution of higher education has to have a Financial
Aid Committee. The task of the Committee is to define general evaluation principles for pursuing fulltime studies
and progressing in studies at each institution of higher education as well as to provide, either on its own initiative
or at Kela‟s (the Social Insurance Institution) or a student‟s request, statements how the above mentioned
principles have been fulfilled. The regulations of the Financial Aid Committee can be found in Appendix 2.

The Financial Aid Committee during the period 1.8.2004 – 31.7.2006

Chair Mr Raimo Saarelainen, Vice President
The representative of the lecturers and vice chair Ms Päivi Putkuri, Lecturer
(Mr Joni Ranta, Lecturer)
The representative of the students Mr Tommi Rautiainen, International Business
(Mr Mikko Malinen, Mechanical and Production Engineering)
The representative of the students Ms Niina Pesonen, Civil Engineering
(Mr Jussi Kaasinen, International Business)
Presenter and the secretary of the Committee Ms Hilkka Korhonen, Office Manager
Vice secretary of the Committee Ms Kirsi Kukkonen, Financial Aid Secretary
Board of Examiners
The function of the Board of Examiners is to deal with the correction requests concerning given credits. The
Board of Examiners consists of the Chair, who has to be a principal lecturer of the Polytechnic and two other
members, one of whom has to work as a lecturer at the Polytechnic. The Chair of the Board of Examiners as
well as the members and their substitute members are appointed by the Board of the Polytechnic (statute
352/2003 § 20). The documents of the Board of Examiners are filed and the resolutions are posted in the
Student Services Office.

Board of examiners during the period 1.8.2004 – 31.7.2006:

Chair Mr Tenho Kohonen, Principal Lecturer
(Vice chair Ms Tuula Kukkonen, Principal Lecturer)
The representative of the lecturers Ms Eila Tumanoff, Lecturer
(Mr Raimo Hulmi, Lecturer)
The representative of the students Ms Salla Kumpulainen, Civil Engineering
(Mr Jussi Kaasinen, International Business)
The Secretary of Board, Ms Hilkka Korhonen, Office Manager

College of Examiners

A degree is awarded by a college of three examiners, which meets once each month during the academic year.
There is a college of examiners in each degree programme. (See degree regulation 15 §.) The term of the
present Colleges of Examiners is 1.8.2004 – 31.7.2006. The members of the Colleges of Examiners and the
dates for the meetings can be found as an appendix.

THE VISION, MISSION AND OPERATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE POLYTECHNIC

Operational Philosophy

North Karelia Polytechnic trains professionals for the needs of the surrounding society with the means and
methods of modern education, research and development. In regional development, the Polytechnic
independently and together with its key partners generates internationally competitive know-how and promotes
entrepreneurship. The Polytechnic values interdisciplinary expertise and know-how in its activities.

Vision

In education, research, and development North Karelia Polytechnic is an internationally renowned and inspiring
learning and working environment and partner. The Polytechnic is a regional promoter that actively enhances
the prosperity of its operational environment.

Mission

The aim of North Karelia Polytechnic is to provide young people with an internationally competitive alternative of
higher education, to further the success of North Karelian companies and working life in a customer-oriented
manner in the regionally acknowledged areas of strength, and to actively create new competencies in
entrepreneurship and expertise. In this mission North Karelia Polytechnic participates actively in the
development and renewal of regional business and working life, economy and welfare.

DEGREE REGULATIONS

Rules and regulations for studies are given in the degree regulations of North Karelia Polytechnic presented in
Appendix 1.

DEGREE PROGRAMMES, DEGREES, EXTENTS AND DEGREE TITLES

See the degree regulations of North Karelia Polytechnic, 3 §.
STUDENT SELECTION

Students are selected through the joint application system for degree-awarding youth education. There is a
separate application process for degree-awarding adult studies and for specialised studies. Periods of
application, practices and principles of selections are informed on www-pages of the Polytechnic. More
information about selections is available in the Student Services Office, the Adult Education Office and on the
www-pages of the Polytechnic.


PRESIDENT’S OFFICE

Administration

*Please note that when dialling a phone number listed below from outside Finland, whether it is a stationary
phone or a mobile phone, the first zero (0) of the area code is not used. For example, to call the Polytechnic
switchboard, dial +358 13 260 600.

Tikkarinne 9, C-building, 2nd floor
80200 Joensuu
Tel: (013) 260 600 (switchboard)
Fax: (013) 260 6401

President Mr Pentti Maljojoki
Tel: (013) 260 6402, 050 555 8961
Email: Pentti.Maljojoki@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Pia Hakulinen
Tel: (013) 260 6404, 050 379 3601
Email: Ulla.Kallio@ncp.fi

Vice President Mr Raimo Saarelainen
Tel: (013) 260 6405, 050 563 2180
Email: Raimo.Saarelainen@ncp.fi

Director of Development Mr Lasse Neuvonen
Tel: (013) 260 6403, 050 555 8986
Email: Lasse.Neuvonen@ncp.fi

Director of Finance Mr Eero Elsinen
Tel. (013) 260 6415, 050 361 7864
Email: Eero.Elsinen@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Ulla Kallio
Tel: (013) 260 6407, 050 343 7622
Email: Kirsi.Kukkonen@ncp.fi

IT Manager Mr Olavi Pesonen
Tel: (013) 260 6440, 050 349 7097
Email: Olavi.Pesonen@ncp.fi

Senior Planning Officer Mr Pekka Auvinen
Tel: (013) 260 6406, 050 563 2184
Email: Pekka.Auvinen@ncp.fi

Deputy Information Specialist
Tel: (013) 260 6644, 050 369 5268
Marketing Secretary Ms Salli Soininen
Tel: (013) 260 6886, 050 376 6338
Email: Salli.Soininen@ncp.fi

Planner Mr Mikko Penttinen
Tel. (013) 260 6986, 050 343 7621
Email: Mikko.Penttinen@ncp.fi

Coordinative Student Counsellor Ms Päivi Putkuri
Tel: (013) 260 6416, 050 349 2159
Email: Paivi.Putkuri@ncp.fi

International Office
Kontionkatu 4/3, 80200 Joensuu

International Relations Coordinator Ms Katriina Korhonen
Tel: (013) 260 6720, 050 585 5146
Email: Katriina.Korhonen@ncp.fi

International Relations Coordinator Ms Tarja Tuononen
Tel: (013) 260 6724, 050 361 1871
Email: Tarja.Tuononen@ncp.fi

International Relations Coordinator Ms Sanna Jeskanen
Tel: (013) 260 6729, 050 462 2478
Email: Sanna.Jeskanen@ncp.fi


Student Services Office

See page 2.

CAMPUSES

The campuses of North Karelia Polytechnic are located throughout the province of North Karelia in
Joensuu, Kitee, Lieksa, Nurmes and Outokumpu.

DEGREE PROGRAMMES AND OFFICES

Culture

Degree Programme in Fine Arts
Degree Programme in Design
Degree Programme in Fine Arts and Design
Sirkkala Campus
Sirkkalantie 12a, 80100 Joensuu
Fax: (013) 260 6871

Secretary Ms Anita Seppälä
Tel: (013) 260 6890
Email: Anita.Seppala@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Erja Lintunen
Tel: (013) 260 6880
Email: Erja.Lintunen@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Eila Tumanoff
Tel: (013) 260 6885, 050 523 4260
Email: Eila.Tumanoff@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Ulla Tarvainen
(Adult Education)
Tel: (013) 260 6895, 050 530 6818
Email: Ulla.Tarvainen@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Päivi Pennala
(Thesis Instructions)
Tel: 260 6887
Email: Paivi.Pennala@ncp.fi

Director Mr Raimo Moilanen
Tel: (013) 260 6889, 050 585 5139
Email: Raimo.Moilanen@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Communication/ Media
Länsikatu Campus
Länsikatu 15, 80110 Joensuu
Fax: (013) 260 6991

Secretary Ms Tarja Asp
Tel: (013) 260 6996
Email: Tarja.Asp@ncp.fi

Director/Student Counsellor Ms Aulikki Pänttönen
Tel: (013) 260 6893, 050 595 0138
Email: Aulikki.Panttonen@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Mr Kari Kallberg
Tel: (013) 260 6992
Email: Kari.Kallberg@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Music
Rantala Campus
Rantakatu 31, 80100 Joensuu
Fax: (013) 267 5175

Office, tel: (013) 267 5172

Student Affairs Secretary Ms Jonna Pennala
Tel: (013) 267 5179, 050 540 4622
Email: Jonna.Pennala@ncp.fi

Director Mr Pekka Mustaniemi
Tel: 050 467 5908
Email: Pekka.Mustaniemi@ncp.fi


Natural Sciences

Degree Programme in Business Information Technology
Sortavala Campus
Sortavalankatu 4, 80200 Joensuu
Fax: (013) 260 6701

Secretary Ms Pirkko Kokko
Tel: (013) 260 6722
Email: Pirkko.Kokko@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Sirpa Lehikoinen
Tel: (013) 260 6700
Email: Sirpa.Lehikoinen@ncp.fi

Director Mr Eero Mönkkönen
Tel. (013) 260 6715, 050 338 1126
Email: Eero.Monkkonen@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Mr Erkki Vikeväinen
Tel. (013) 260 6708
Email: Erkki.Vikevainen@ncp.fi


Business and Administration

Degree Programme in International Business/International Business Management
Degree Programme in Business Economics/Business Administration
Sortavala Campus
Sortavalankatu 4, 80200 Joensuu
Fax: (013) 260 6701

Secretary Ms Pirkko Kokko
Tel: (013) 260 6722
Email: Pirkko.Kokko@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Sirpa Lehikoinen
Tel: (013) 260 6700
Email: Sirpa.Lehikoinen@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Riikka Kaasinen
Tel. (013) 260 6728
Email: Riikka.Kaasinen@ncp.fi


Degree Programme in International Business
Director Mr Ari Stenroos
Tel: (013) 260 6703, 050 563 2182
Email: Ari.Stenroos@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Kirsi-Marja Toivanen-Sevrjukova
Tel. (013) 260 6707
Email: Kirsi.Toivanen@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Business Administration/Business Economics
Director Mr Pekka Sivonen
Tel: (013) 260 6702, 050 563 2181
Email: Pekka.Sivonen@ncp.fi
Student Counsellor Ms Sinikka Marila
Tel: (013) 260 6725, 050 568 9281
Email: Sinikka.Marila@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Mr Timo Väyrynen
(Adult education)
Tel: (013) 260 6731, 0400 579 275
Email: Timo.Vayrynen@ncp.fi

Specialisation Alternative in Entrepreneurship
Lieksa Campus
Kuhmonkatu 32, 81700 Lieksa
Fax: (013) 244 3799

Secretary Ms Astrid Venäläinen
Tel: (013) 244 3750
Email: Astrid.Venalainen@pkky.fi

Student Counsellor Mr Ari Blek
Tel: (013) 244 3788
Email: Ari.Blek@pkky.fi

Specialisation Advisor
Mr Heikki Hujanen
Tel: (013) 244 3781, 050 599 3992
Email: Heikki.Hujanen@pkky.fi

Natural Resources and Environment

Degree Programme in Rural Industries
Degree Programme in Environmental Technology (Technology)
Kitee Campus
Koivikontie, 82430 Puhos
Fax: (013) 244 3399

Office Manager Ms Vuokko Lemiläinen
Tel: (013) 244 3300
Email: Vuokko.Lemilainen@pkky.fi

Degree Programme in Rural Industries
Director Ms Ulla Asikainen
Tel: (013) 244 3304, 050 523 4351
Email: Ulla.Asikainen@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Anne Poutiainen
Tel: (013) 244 3324, 050 502 0366
Email: Anne.Poutiainen@pkky.fi

Degree Programme in Environmental Technology
Director Mr Jarmo Renvall
Tel: (013) 244 3335, 050 599 1340
Email: Jarmo.Renvall@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Eeva-Liisa Juvonen
Tel: (013) 244 3328, 050 502 0365
Email: Eeva-Liisa.Juvonen@ncp.fi
Degree Programme in Forestry
Degree Programme in Forest Products Marketing
Degree Programme in Wood Technology (Technology)

Utra Campus
Väisälänkatu 4, 80160 Joensuu
Tel: (013) 260 6900
Fax: (013) 260 6901

Secretary Ms Jaana Ryynänen
Tel: (013) 260 6908
Email: Jaana.Ryynanen@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Sari Virnes
Tel: (013) 260 6907
Email Sari.Virnes@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Riitta Jalkanen
Tel: (013) 260 6910, 050 587 5931
Email: Riitta.Jalkanen@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Forest Products Marketing
Director Mr Jarmo Mäkelä
Tel: (013) 260 6904, 050 563 2183
Email: Jarmo.Makela@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Forestry
Director Mr Esa Etelätalo
Tel: (013)260 6903, 050 304 4971
Email: Esa.Etelatalo@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Wood Technology
Director Mr Tapani Siitonen
Tel: (013) 260 6902, 050 586 2483
Email: Tapani.Siitonen@ncp.fi

Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services

Degree Programme in Tourism/Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services
Niskala Campus
Niskakatu 17, 80100 Joensuu
Fax: (013) 260 6771

Secretary Ms Kirsi Ullgren
Tel: (013) 260 6770
Email: Kirsi.Ullgren@pkky.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Tuula Asikainen
Tel: (013) 260 6777
Email: Tuula.Asikainen@ncp.fi

Director Ms Marja-Leena Rautiainen
Tel: (013) 260 6776, 050 530 6816
Email: Marja-Leena.Rautiainen@ncp.fi
Specialisation Alternative in Entrepreneurial Tourism
Nurmes Campus
Nurmeksenkatu 11, 75500 Nurmes
Fax: (013) 244 3800

Secretary Ms Irja Kokkonen
Tel: (013) 244 3808
Email: Irja.Kokkonen@pkky.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Elina Koivisto
Tel: (013) 244 3815
Email: Elina.Koivisto@pkky.fi

Specialisation Advisor Ms Hanna Lukander
Tel: (013) 244 3812, 0500 179 164
Email: Hanna.Lukander@pkky.fi

Social Services, Health and Sports

Degree Programme in Social Welfare Work
Outokumpu Campus
Lammenkatu 18, 83500 Outokumpu
Fax: (013) 260 6671

Secretary Ms Eeva Borgas
Tel: (013) 260 6670
Email: Eeva.Borgas@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Mr Tommi Kinnunen (youth education)
Tel: (013) 260 6679, 050 521 5607
Email: Tommi.Kinnunen@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Ms Anne Siremaa (adult education)
Tel: (013) 260 6673, 050 530 6815
Email: Anne.Siremaa@ncp.fi

Director Mr Tuomas Lappalainen
Tel: (013) 260 6672, 050 523 4399
Email: Tuomas.Lappalainen@ncp.fi


Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences
Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Degree Programme in Nursing
Tikkarinne Campus
Tikkarinne 9, 80200 Joensuu
Fax: (013) 260 6601

Secretary Ms Anne Martikainen
Tel: (013) 260 6600
Email: Anne.Martikainen@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Aila Meriläinen
Tel: (013) 260 6600
Email: Aila.Meriläinen@ncp.fi
Student Counsellor Ms Tarja Pyykkö
Tel: (013) 260 6615, 050 432 7599
Email: Tarja.Pyykko@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences
Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Director Ms Marja-Kaarina Koskinen
Tel: (013) 260 6610, 050 352 5532
Email: Marja-Kaarina.Koskinen@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Nursing
Director Heleena Uusi-Illikainen
Tel: (013) 260 6602, 050 530 6814
Email: Heleena.Uusi-Illikainen@ncp.fi


Technology, Communication and Transport

Degree Programme in Information Technology
Degree Programme in Mechanical and Production Engineering/Mechanical Engineering
Degree Programme in Plastics Engineering
Degree Programme in Civil Engineering
Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering
Degree Programme in Wood Technology (see Utra Campus)
Degree Programme in Environmental Technology (see Kitee Campus)
Wärtsilä Campus
Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu
Fax: (013) 260 6801

Secretary Ms Marja Juka
Tel: (013) 260 6829
Email: Marja.Juka@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Helena Sutinen
Tel: (013) 260 6800
Email: Helena.Sutinen@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Mr Jukka Hirvonen
(Mechanical and Production, Plastics and Civil Engineering)
Tel: (013) 260 6819, 050 591 3415
Email: Jukka.Hirvonen@ncp.fi

Student Counsellor Mr Joni Ranta (Information Technology, Electrical Engineering)
Tel: (013) 260 6826, 050 349 0815
Email: Joni.Ranta@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Information Technology
Director Mr Jyri Roihuvuo
Tel: (013) 260 6832, 050 465 0611
Email: Jyri.Roihuvuo@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Mechanical and Production Engineering
Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering
Director Mr Arto Huovinen
Tel: (013) 260 6845, 050 512 5804
Email: Arto.Huovinen@ncp.fi
Degree Programme in Plastics Engineering
Director Mr Kari Mönkkönen
Tel: (013) 260 6785, 050 463 0428
Email: Kari.Monkkonen@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Civil Engineering
Director Mr Tapio Turunen
Tel: (013) 260 6802, 050 563 2194
Email: Tapio.Turunen@ncp.fi

Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering
Director Jyrki Kankkunen
Tel: (013) 260 6840, 050 595 3792
Email: Jyrki.Kankkunen@ncp.fi


ACADEMIC YEAR, SEMESTERS AND VACATIONS

The current academic year at North Karelia Polytechnic began on 1 August 2004 and will end on 31 July 2005.
The year has been divided into the following periods:

I Period 23.8. – 22.10.2004
II Period 25.10. – 17.12.2004
III Period 10.1. – 4.3.2005
IV Period 14.3. – 6.5.2005
Spring Period 9.5. – 3.6.2005
Summer Period 6.6. – 31.7.2005

Autumn vacation 11. – 15.10.2004 (week 42), not in degree programmes in biomedical sciences, nursing and
physiotherapy
Winter vacation 7. – 11.3.2005 (week 10)

The starting and finishing dates of the semesters vary in each degree programme.

RIGHT TO STUDY

Enrolment as a Student
The student must enrol as being ‟present‟ or ‟absent‟ each academic year in order to continue his/her studies.
Enrolment for students continuing their studies takes places between 1.7 – 31.8. Students starting their studies
have to enrol at the beginning of their Polytechnic studies, at the latest. The student may enrol as being ‟absent‟
for the total of two (2) academic years during the duration of his/her studies (degree regulation 7 §).


Enrolment as Being ’Present’:
-Can be done either for the whole academic year (1 Aug to 31 Jul) or for one semester (autumn: 1 Aug – 31
Dec; spring: 1 Jan – 31 Jul). Enrolment for shorter periods is not possible.
-Any possible change to the enrolment status as being ‟present‟ must be done by WinhaWille during the
registration period in December.
Enrolment as being “present”
-Gives a student a right to study at the Polytechnic.
-Ensures that the student‟s financial aid will be continued.

Enrolment as Being ’Absent’:
- Can be done either for the whole academic year (1 Aug to 31 Jul) or for one semester (autumn: 1
Aug – 31 Dec; spring: 1 Jan – 31 Jul). Enrolment for shorter periods is not possible.
-Any possible change to the enrolment status must be done by WinhaWille during the registration period in
December.
-The student may enrol as being „absent‟ for the total of two academic years during the duration of his/her
studies, but for one academic year at a time.
During one‟s status as being ‟absent‟,
-The absence is not deducted from the set duration of studies (3.5, 4, or 4.5 years).
-The Polytechnic is not obliged to arrange corresponding studies for a student if the studies are not otherwise
available after the time of absence.
-A student with the status of being ‟absent‟ is not allowed to attend lectures or exams at the Polytechnic in any
degree studies.
-Financial aid is suspended.
-The student is not provided with a student card, meal subsidy card or other benefits that require the status of a
full-time student.


If a Student Does Not Enrol as Being ’Present’ or ’Absent’ Before the Deadline

-The right to study will be forfeited and it must be separately applied for from the President of the Polytechnic.
The right to study can be reinstated at the beginning of the next semester at the earliest.
-The set studying time will not be extended, i.e. a student will have a shorter time to complete his/her studies.
-The student is not allowed to participate in studies, conduct training or to prepare a thesis.
-Financial aid will be forfeited.
-The student will not be allowed to obtain a student card, meal subsidy card, or other student benefits.


Restrictions Concerning the Duration and Time of Studies (degree regulation § 8)

In youth education which leads to a degree, the set duration of the studies is 3.5, 4, or 4.5 years. A student may
receive the right to study for the set duration of studies and, in addition, one year immediately following the
restricted duration. To maintain the right to study, the student must enrol as a student each academic year.

In adult education which leads to a degree, a student may study for the period of time designated for those
studies according to the student‟s personal study plan and in addition, one year immediately after that.

After the right to study has ended, the student has, however, the possibility to apply for permission from the
President of the Polytechnic to complete his/her studies, in case there is a reason for the delay of his/her
studies. The application must be turned in before the right to study ends. Application forms are available on the
www-pages of Virtual Student Services or in the Student Services Office.

Specialised studies have to be completed within the confirmed period of time. If a student who is enrolled in
specialised studies or in supplementary education is missing less than 25% of his/her studies for graduation, the
President can grant the student the right to complete his/her studies within the six-month period (6) after the
studies have come to an end (see degree regulation 6 §).


Graduation and a Degree Certificate

When all the study units have been completed and registered, the student orders a transcript of records from the
office of the appropriate degree programme and fills in the graduation form to be processed by the director of the
degree programme. The degree is validated by a College of Examiners, which meets at least once a month,
except in July. In May and in December a College of Examiners has the second meeting by the end of the
month.

Degree certificates are signed by the President or the Vice President in case on President in prevented. The
transcript of the records to be attached to the certificate is signed by the director of the degree programme.
In addition to the degree certificate, a Diploma Supplement conserning the degree taken and the studies
completed, intended for international purposes, will be given to the student for no separate charge. The
Supplement indicates the level and status of the studies in the educational system.

The graduation forms are available in the Student Services Office and in the offices of the degree programmes.
The dates for meetings of the Colleges of Examiners can be found at the end of this guide. If requested, the
student can get a certificate of finishing his/her studies already before getting the degree certificate, if he/she will
need it for applying for unemployment benefit. The certificate is a copy of the graduation form confirmed by the
degree programme office. (See the instructions in the Degree Regulations 16 §).

Resignation from North Karelia Polytechnic

To resign from North Karelia Polytechnic, the student must submit a Resignation Form to the Student Services
Office. The student loses his/her right to study when resigning from the Polytechnic.

Changes in Status and Personal Information

Changes in personal status and address must be reported immediately to the Student Services Office by
WinhaWille. Absent students can report the changes to the Student Services Office in writing or by e-mail.


STRUCTURE OF THE STUDIES

Studies leading to polytechnic degrees are organised within each degree programme. A degree programme is a
combination of studies designed and organised by the Polytechnic. Each programme specialises in a given field
of professional expertise and its development. A degree programme may offer several alternatives for
specialisation. The degree programme is confirmed by the Ministry of Education.

The aim of the degree programme is to provide the students with
1. broad-based practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for working as an expert in a chosen field
2. qualifications for following the development of the given field and for continuous professional development
3. facilities for continuing education and life-long learning
4. sufficient language and communication skills
5. the facilities required for international activities in the field of study.
The extent of a degree programme varies from 140 to 180 credits, depending on the programme. Compared to
other vocational training and professional studies of higher education, the degree programmes at the
Polytechnic are more extensive, inter- and multidisciplinary and may include various fields of specialisation.

Studies are divided into study units (i.e. courses), the extent of which is presented as credit units. There are
compulsory, alternative and optional study units. One credit equals approximately 40 hours of studies in the form
of lectures, exercises, practical training, independent research, group studies, project studies or written reports.
Each academic year consists of approximately 40 credits.

The structure of studies is for the most part identical in all degree programmes and specialisation alternatives.
Degree programmes consist of basic, professional and optional studies, practical training and a thesis. The
extent of these studies may differ, depending on the particular degree programme and specialisation option. At
North Karelia Polytechnic basic studies vary from 25 to 50 cr., professional studies from 40 to 85 cr., and
practical training from 10 to 50 cr. The thesis is 10 cr.

The objective of basic studies is to initiate the student into the position and significance of the chosen field
within the society in both national and international contexts. Also, the aim is to provide the student with general
theoretical knowledge and the required communication and language skills.
The objective of professional studies is to familiarise the student with the central problems and applications in
his/her area of specialisation and on the scientific and artistic bases of these. Professional studies aim at
preparing students for work in expert positions, in development projects and as an entrepreneur.

Students may participate in optional studies that are offered in either their own degree programme or other
degree programmes. Additionally, optional studies may be taken at institutions of higher education elsewhere in
Finland or abroad.

The objective of practical training is to initiate the student into practical work tasks and to apply his/her skills
and knowledge in working life under supervision.

The objective of the thesis is to offer the student a chance to develop and to show his/her abilities in
professional tasks in his/her field of study.

Before graduation the student must take the maturity examination within the scope of his/her thesis.

Each lecturer of compulsory and optional courses will give his/her detailed instructions concerning attendance,
tests, and other course requirements. Students are to follow these instructions to be able to complete the
studies.

STUDY GUIDE AND COURSE SUPPLY

Good sources of information that can be used when planning studies are the Study Guide and online OPSNet
system of North Karelia Polytechnic. These use the following concepts and terms when defining the course
supply:

Degree programme is a combination of modules and study units aiming to give the student expertise in a given
field of study and its development.

Curriculum is a presentation of the objectives, contents and measures with which the degree programme is
executed. It contains the structure of the studies and often also decisions made on teaching and learning
methods.

Syllabi or course descriptions are a detailed version of the curriculum, which specify the implementation of the
curriculum in the academic year at hand. They present the exact timing and contents for each year group.

Personal study plan (abbreviated in Finnish as HOPS) is an individual plan of the student on contents,
methods and timing of his/her studies. At the beginning of Polytechnic studies, the student prepares the study
plan based on the curriculum of the degree programme. The plan has to be accepted by the degree programme.
It is monitored and reflected each academic year, after which necessary amendments are made.

Study module consists of study units grouped mainly according to the subject.

Study unit is the structural unit of studies and teaching. In English it is often referred to as a course. Study units
may be compulsory, alternative or optional. They may include lectures, group work, tutorials, independent work,
etc.

Credit (unit) refers to approx. 40 hours of studies. A credit is used for measuring the extent of study units and
the extent of studies in general. The extent of practical training and thesis is also measured in credits.

Study guide includes all curricula for the first-year students. The study guide is published both in print and
electronically on the web pages of Virtual Student Services. More detailed course descriptions are available in
OPSNet system.

OPSNet is a system that enables educational planning. It also offers a student an easy way to view the whole
course supply of the Polytechnic and his/her personal information. The system provides information on
curriculum, syllabi and course descriptions for each year group. It also supplies updated information for those
who are returning back to studies after a period of absence.

HOPSNet is a system that enables the student to create and maintain information on and plans for his/her own
studies. The student can also allow the chosen teachers to view HOPSNet and comment on his/her study plans.
HOPSNet consists of eHOPS, which supports the planning, counselling and follow-up of studies, and of a
competence chart, which supports the qualitative assessment and counselling of the entity of professional
growth. The outline of eHOPS is made based on the information in OPSNet and Winha -student administration-
programme. The information on the curricula of the student‟s year group is automatically transformed to the
student‟s eHOPS, and based on this information, the student can start developing his/her own study plan. The
purpose of the competence chart is to assess and counsel the competence profile of each field as a whole.
OPSNet, HOPSNet and eHOPS can be found on the web pages of Virtual Student Services.

STUDENT COUNSELLING AND TUTORING

Student counselling at North Karelia Polytechnic is done by student counsellors. Guidance and counselling is
also available from teacher-tutors/group leaders and/or lecturers. Personal counselling is available throughout
the studies. Peer tutors assist new students to the effective start in their studies. Their contact information can be
obtained from student counsellors.

Student counselling aims at
    - enhancing each student‟s personal and professional development towards expertise and his/her
        recruitment to work
    - supporting a student to realise his/her personal study plan
    - scaffolding self-directive and other learning skills
    - supporting a student to become responsible for his/her studies and their completion

The student is entitled to counselling all the time during his/her studies. In every degree programme, counselling
starts with orientation to polytechnic studies and continues in individual counselling sessions and/or in tutorials.
At the beginning of studies, the student begins to compile his/her personal study plan (HOPS). HOSPNet system
can be used to help the student in creating his/her own study plan. The personal study plan is followed up and
supplemented every year and whenever needed during the studies at the Polytechnic.

Furthermore, the personnel of the Student Services Office and the offices of the degree programmes may be
consulted. Students aiming at international exchange programmes are advised by international co-ordinators in
their degree programmes, the International Office and student counsellors.



LANGUAGE STUDIES


The Language Services of North Karelia Polytechnic (Kielipalvelut) was established on 1 August 2001 to plan
and organise the teaching of foreign languages as well as Finnish and communication at the Polytechnic. The
goal of the Language Services is to provide the Polytechnic students with good language skills and
communicational abilities required in international activities. Language studies support the student‟s other
studies and provide him/her with the abilities and skills to perform future professional tasks also in a foreign
language. The aims of the language studies at the Polytechnic are:

    -   that graduating students master their native language and at least English and Swedish
    -   that the language taught meets the requirements of the world of work both in its depth and content
    -   that students understand the importance of different cultures and are able to manage in a multicultural
        environment
    -   that students are motivated to continuously develop their communication skills.
The basis of the Polytechnic language studies, according to decree 352/2003 8§, is the following: the student
must either in his/her Polytechnic studies or by other means show to have acquired 1) proficiency in either
Finnish or Swedish which, according to the law (424/2003), is required of civil servants in a bilingual
administrative district and which is necessary for professional work and development, and 2) proficiency in one
or two other languages needed for professional work and development.

This, however, does not apply to those students who have received education either abroad or in some other
language than Finnish or Swedish. The requirements concerning the language proficiency of these students are
decided upon by the Polytechnic. The Polytechnic may partly or completely exempt the student from the
requirements mentioned above. The degree certificate indicates the student‟s proficiency in languages.

Studies or Practical Training Abroad

When the student studies or carries out practical training abroad for at least three months, he/she is granted
three credits for optional language studies under the condition that his/her studies or practical training be carried
out using the language spoken in the host country. Otherwise, the student may only be granted two credits for
optional language studies. This does not apply to the language of instruction of the degree programme. To
receive these credits, a student has to compile a report, where he/she reflects his/her competence in intercultural
communication and its development while abroad. See the more detailed report instructions on the web pages of
Language Services: www.ncp.fi/Kielipalvelut

About Language Studies at North Karelia Polytechnic

Mandatory languages at the Polytechnic include Swedish and English. Some degree programmes, however,
require studies in at least three languages. In addition to the mandatory language studies, the Language
Services offers optional language studies to all Polytechnic students. In the academic year 2004-2005,
courses are offered in the following languages: German, Russian, English, Swedish, French, Italian and
Spanish. Courses for optional language studies can be found at www.ncp.fi/kielipalvelut. Confirmation of
attending the course is done by participating in the first class. The courses usually begin at the end of
September. As optional studies, Language Services also offers refresher courses in Swedish and English. Their
purpose is to equip the students with the required language skills needed in Swedish and English studies at the
Polytechnic and they contain refreshing basic vocabulary, structures and essential communication situations in
everyday life. Special attention is paid to developing oral language skills as well as reflecting own learning and
improving it. Attendance in these courses requires doing an attainment test at www.ncp.fi/kielipalvelut. In
addition to the basic language studies, degree programmes may offer optional degree programme-specific
language studies.

The required number of credits in languages varies between the degree programmes. The following, however,
applies to all language studies:
Previous studies: It is expected that, at the beginning of the Polytechnic language studies, a student has a
command of Swedish and English taught in upper secondary school or comprehensive school and vocational
institutes.
Attendance: In language studies, generally 80% attendance is expected.
Assessment: The assessment scale 1 – 5 is usually applied in the evaluation of language studies.

The language proficiency descriptions and assessment criteria can be found at www.ncp.fi/kielipalvelut.


Exemption from Language Studies

A student who has received education in some other language than Finnish or Swedish, can be exempted from
the studies of the Finnish language. He/She must, however, take a number of basic university or polytechnic
courses which equals the amount of studies he/she has been exempted from. The student must apply for
exemption by sending a letter of request to the Student Services Office. The exemption from language studies is
granted by the President of the Polytechnic.
Language proficiency certificate in the Swedish language

The student who has taken the language exam required of officials (L424/2003) cannot use it to compensate
Swedish studies at the Polytechnic. The polytechnic degree certificate compensates the separate Swedish
degree certification. The appendix for the degree certificate contains an assessment of the written and oral
language skills in Swedish (good / fair) based on the average of grades in mandatory Swedish courses taken in
degree programmes (1-3,74 = fair, 3,75-5 = good). At North Karelia Polytechnic, the Swedish language is
studied for the amount of at least three credits, although the extent of Swedish courses is dependent upon each
degree programme.


Language Services

The Director of Language Services: Anneli Airola
Secreterary: Auli Karjalainen
Contact information: Anneli Airola, Kontionkatu 4/2, 80200 Joensuu (next to Wärtsilä Campus),
anneli.airola@ncp.fi, tel. (013) 260 6706 / 050 502 0401
Auli Karjalainen, Kontionkatu 4/3, 80200 Joensuu, auli.karjalainen@ncp.fi.
More information on the Language Services and language studies at the Polytechnic is available at
www.ncp.fi/kielipalvelut. On the www-pages, there are also useful links for language studies, a change to give
feedback and make wishes concerning language studies at the Polytechnic. The pages will be updated and
renewed in spring 2004!


INTERNATIONALISATION DURING STUDIES

Studies or practical training abroad

Polytechnic students have several different types of chances to become international. They can take courses
related to their degree studies, do their practical training or complete their thesis abroad. Students can also go
abroad for short courses and visits arranged by their degree programmes. Exchange student programmes or
practical training can be applied for through the office or independently. North Karelia Polytechnic is involved in
the European Union‟s SOCRATES/ERASMUS and LEONARDO DA VINCI programmes as well as the
Scandinavian NORDPLUS programme. These programmes offer students both study and training opportunities
in partner institutions of higher education and various organisations. In addition to these programmes, the
Polytechnic has made bilateral agreements with institutions of higher education around the world and is also
involved in various cooperation projects, for example in Russia. At present, the Polytechnic has cooperation
agreements with nearly 100 institutions of higher education.

Courses Offered in a Foreign Language at the Polytechnic

You do not have to go abroad to become international. The Polytechnic offers you the possibility to experience
international atmosphere in programmes and courses taught in a foreign language. It is an excellent way to
develop language skills before going abroad. Students can include these studies as a part of their optional
studies. Besides improving language skills, the student gets a chance to study with exchange students from
other countries. Foreign lecturers and international projects are also options that can spice up studies. Besides
the IB (International Business) programme, there are courses given in English available in several other degree
programmes. You can find more information in the Study Guide and at the offices of the degree programmes.

International Tutors

More than a hundred exchange students arrive every year to participate in study or training programmes for
periods of over three months. An exchange student can be received by an international tutor who can help the
new arrival to become acquainted with the ins and outs of life in Finland, studying and the Polytechnic. Every
spring, the International Office recruits from 20 to 30 second and third year students to act as new international
tutors. If you are interested in being an international tutor, please contact the International Office. Training for
international tutors is arranged in March and April. The first exchange students arrive in early September.
International tutors gain one credit unit, new friends and international experience, as well as have a chance to
activate their language skills and prepare for what possibly lies ahead in their own exchange programme.

Where can you get information?

There is a lecturer in each degree programme or each field of study working as an international field-specific
coordinator. Coordinators assist students in choosing partner institutions of higher education or practical training
placements and in other questions relating to the exchange. Every year coordinators, together with the
International Office, arrange information events on exchange programme opportunities. Further information on
partner institutions and other cooperation partners is available in our Vaihtopokkari 2004-2005 –guide and at the
website www.ncp.fi/international and at the website of Student Services Office. The International Office serves
students in areas relating to student exchange, such as common services for exchange students, counselling,
orientation of students, scholarships and administration of exchange programmes.

When is a good time to join an exchange programme?

It is a good idea to reserve plenty of time for planning international studies or training. Different degree
programmes and also exchange programmes have different requirements for participation in their exchanges
(e.g. SOCRATES/ERASMUS are available only after one year of studies has been completed). The studies
abroad are a part of degree studies and as such they should not postpone graduation. Generally students begin
their practical training abroad in summer or at the time allotted in the curriculum of their degree programme. The
period of international exchange is from three months to whole academic year. The Polytechnic recognises
ECTS (the European Credit Transfer System), which allows the studies to be compared between different
institutions (1 Finnish credit unit “ov” equals 1.5 ECTS credits). ECTS study credits are used in all the degree
programmes of the Polytechnic when the studies abroad are measured and transferred to our system.

The main application for exchange programmes is arranged in February in the spring semester and in addition to
this, there may be an extended application period in the autumn in some degree programmes. The application
procedure has two stages. First, the student completes the „internal application‟ at the Polytechnic and the
Director of the Degree Programme together with the President of the Polytechnic makes the decision. Then, the
once approved students themselves have to apply again for the exchange programme according to the
application procedure required by the institutions of higher education where they wish to study.

Valtteri – Virtual Exchange Training

Students planning to go abroad for an exchange are required to complete a one-credit training course. With the
virtual exchange training programme Valtteri, the student gets acquainted with the exchange and the different
stages in it, reflects his/her own abilities and assess his/her own language skills. A written report is required to
pass the course. The student can begin the course by getting a user name and password from the international
coordinator or International Office after the decision of the exchange has been made.

Financing the Stay Abroad

Finnish students are eligible for KELA student financial aid on the condition that their studies or practical training
abroad are full-time and are part of their recognised degree programme here in Finland. The amount of financial
aid may be affected by any earnings received while abroad. In addition to national student financial aid, there are
also different size grants available for exchange programmes. Every year the Polytechnic decides the
preconditions for student grants. For example, in the academic year 2004-2005 a SOCRATES/ERASMUS
exchange student receives a single payment of EUR 500 for travel expenses, plus EUR 100 for every month of
study abroad. Also students who independently apply for study or training positions abroad for 3 - 12 months,
can apply for grants through the International Office of the Polytechnic. More information on grants is available at
the International Office. Please reserve an appointment with an International Relations Coordinator in advance
by phone or e-mail! International Office, Kontionkatu 4/3, 80200 Joensuu.
CREDITS AND EVALUATION

Course Enrolment
Each degree program provides instructions concerning enrolment in its study units. In case the number of
participants is limited on a specific course, students taking the course as part of their compulsory studies take
priority over others. If the number of students significantly exceeds the set limits for the number of participants,
the degree programmes may offer additional courses. If previous studies are required, these have to be passed
before starting a new study unit. Assignments related to previous studies have to be completed before entering
a new study unit and a test has to be passed before taking the test of the concerned new study unit.

Enrolment in optional studies of the Polytechnic takes place through the www-pages of Virtual Student Services.
More information on optional studies can be found at that site. In autumn 2004, enrolment for study units and
tests via Winha-student administration –programme is initiated in some degree programmes.

Record of the Credits
All of a student‟s successfully completed studies are recorded in the record of credits. The lecturers must submit
the final marks/grades received by the student within the time period prescribed in the degree regulations. On
request, the student may have a free transcript of his/her records.

WinhaPro Student Web-pages
All Polytechnic students can find their own contact information and follow their completed studies on Winhapro
web pages.

All the information is up-to-date, so that all the credits that have been registered for a student can be seen on
these pages. It is also possible to print the pages, but these printouts cannot be used for official purposes.
Official transcripts (with the official stamp) can be obtained from the Student Services Office or from the offices
of the degree programmes.

Students need a user name and a password to view the pages. The user name is the same as the student‟s
student number. New students can obtain their passwords from the offices of the degree programmes from
October 1, 2004 onwards. Old students have the same passwords as the year before.

If a student forgets his/her password or it does not work, he/she must contact the Student Services Office
preferably by e-mail (opintotoimisto@ncp.fi) with the following information: name, student number and (entrance)
group code. A new password will be sent in one week and can be obtained personally from the Student Services
Office or the office of the student‟s own degree programme.

Winha student pages are located at http://opiskelijawinha.ncp.fi. It is possible to view the pages in the
workstations of North Karelia Polytechnic or North Karelia Educational Federation of Municipalities or through
students‟ remote Internet access services. Instructions for using the student Winha system can be found at
http://www.ncp.fi by selecting the ‟OPISKELIJAT – OPPAAT‟ link.


Optional Studies

The supply of optional courses for academic year 2004 - 05 will be published at the end of August at the www-
pages of Virtual Student Services. The enrolment in studies during the autumn semester takes place 9 Aug – 3
Sep. The lists of participants will be announced on 6 Sep on the same pages and those admitted to courses
must confirm their participation by 16 Sep at these pages.

The period of applying for studies beginning in spring semester takes places 1 Nov – 22 Nov. The lists of
participants for spring semester courses will be announced on 23 Nov at the www-pages of Virtual Student
Services and the students admitted to courses must confirm their participation by 7 Dec at these pages.
More information concerning optional studies may be obtained from the offices of degree programmes and the
contact persons/ course coordinators. Please, follow the announcements on the Virtual Student Services web
pages.

Virtual Studies

Studying does not imply only sitting in the classroom and listening to a lecturer. Students can learn in many
different ways. Virtual studies offer one good opportunity.

Virtual studies refer to studies where communication and information technology is put into use. The aim is to
utilise networks in learning in an effective way. A virtual course is not an easy way to have credits; instead a
virtual study unit requires as much work as traditional studies in the classroom. The virtual study units coincide
with the study requirements of the Polytechnic. Furthermore, the aims and content are the same as in
corresponding classroom teaching.

Virtual studies mainly take place outside the classroom. This is challenging for the student, as he/she has to
work very actively. A virtual student should be self-directive, responsible for his/her studies and able to interact
with the other students and the lecturer. The aim of the Polytechnic is that every student would have at least one
virtual study unit as part of his/her degree.

Further information about virtual studies is available in the degree programmes and at
http://www.ncp.fi/virtuaaliopiskelijapalvelut. See VIRTUAALIOPINNOT.

Correction of Marks/Grades

If a student is dissatisfied with a mark/grade received in his/her studies, he/she must ask for correction in writing
from the lecturer who has assessed the student within 14 days after the mark/grade has been announced. If the
problem cannot be resolved, the student should contact the director of the degree programme. If the problem still
cannot be resolved, the student may send a written request to the Board of Examiners within 14 days after
he/she has received a written reply from the lecturer. The request for correction of mark/grade must be
submitted to the Student Services Office. The decision made by the Board of Examiners is final (Degree
Regulations 12 §).

ADULT EDUCATION

Adult education aims at supporting multi-professional education, advancing expertise and offering new
possibilities. Cooperation with the degree programmes and projects of the Polytechnic provides students with
high quality adult education. Adult education offers a chance to develop professional skills by the following
means:

Adult Education Leading to a Degree

The Polytechnic offers adults the opportunity to supplement their vocational degree or matriculation exam into a
polytechnic degree through further education. Adult education is directed mainly at people over 25 years of age.
The studies are flexible and are carried out using various modes and methods. Students create a personal study
plan (HOPS) in which their earlier studies, work experience and individual goals are taken into account. This
form of adult education is free of charge and the students have access to KELA financial aid if studying full-time.
There are programmes beginning both in the autumn or spring semesters.


Specialised Studies

Specialised studies are considered long-term (20 credits) further education for students with a degree from an
institution of higher education or a vocational diploma from college-level studies. The student‟s degree has to be
from the same or nearby field of study. Studies are carried out in daytime, in the evening or through multiple
learning modes. Studies may include practical training or language training, company visits and project work. As
full-time students, the students of specialised studies are entitled to financial aid. Specialised studies begin in the
autumn and spring semesters.

Open Polytechnic

Open Polytechnic is accessible for everyone interested in studying. The studies of Open Polytechnic correspond
with the degree requirements of the Polytechnic. The credits in Open Polytechnic can be accepted as part of
polytechnic degrees. Open Polytechnic studies are carried out
    1) in normal teaching, when Open Polytechnic students have been reserved some places
    2) as own separate study units in evenings or at weekends
    3) as summer studies according to a summer brochure.
Information concerning the study units can be found in a brochure which is published five times a year.

Personnel Training and Uncompelled Supplementary Education

The Polytechnic provides the personnel of enterprises and the non-corporate public sector with specified and
targeted training and development services. The needs of customers are surveyed and training is planned
together with the companies and Open Polytechnic. The multi-disciplinary nature of the Polytechnic provides
expert teachers from most fields. Short-term supplementary educational programmes are organised to everyone
interested in so-called uncompelled supplementary education with the financial support of the County
Administrative Board. Education gives an advantageous possibility to improve professional know-how.

Labour Market Training

This type of education is designed to improve the chances of employment for the unemployed and for those
under threat of redundancy. The expertise and multidisciplinary qualities of the Polytechnic give a broad and
solid base for labour market training.

More information is available in the Adult Education Office or from those responsible for adult education in the
degree programmes or fields of study. (See the names and contact information below.)

Adult Education Office
Aikuiskoulutustoimisto
Länsikatu 15
80110 Joensuu
Tel: (013) 260 6990
Fax: (013) 260 6981

Director Mr Harri Mikkonen
Tel: (013) 260 6993, 050 502 0402
Email: Harri.Mikkonen@ncp.fi

Planning Officer Mr Ilkka Kinnunen
Tel: (013) 260 6994, 050 585 8736
Email: Ilkka.Kinnunen@ncp.fi

Planning Officer Ms Mervi Lätti
Tel: (013) 260 6995, 050 563 2188
Email: Mervi.Latti@ncp.fi

Secretary Ms Teija Heikkilä
Tel: (013) 260 6990, 050 309 8391
Email: Teija.Heikkila@ncp.fi

Planning Officer Katja Kolehmainen
Tel: (013) 260 6988, 050 530 6819
Email: Katja.Kolehmainen@ncp.fi

Lecturers responsible for adult education in the degree programmes:

Language Services
Ms. Jaana Timonen
Tel: 050 408 7932
Email: Jaana.Timonen@ncp.fi

Fine Arts and Design, Ms Ulla Tarvainen
Tel: (013) 260 6895, 050 530 6818
Email: Ulla.Tarvainen@ncp.fi

Communication, Mr Kari Kallberg
Tel: (013) 260 6992, 050 502 0404
Email: Kari.Kallberg@ncp.fi

Tourism and Catering, Ms Marja-Leena Rautiainen
Tel: (013) 260 6776, 050 530 6816
Email: Marja-Leena.Rautiainen@ncp.fi

Forestry and Wood Technology, Mr Hannu Piironen
Tel: (013) 260 6943, 050 530 6813
Email: Hannu.Piironen@ncp.fi

Rural Industries and Environmental Technology, Ms Ulla Asikainen
Tel: (013) 244 3304, 050 523 4355
Email: Ulla.Asikainen@pkky.fi

Social Welfare Work, Ms Anne Siremaa
Tel: (013) 260 6673, 050 530 6815
Email: Anne.Siremaa@ncp.fi

Information Technology, Mr Mikko Anttonen
Tel. 050 550 8301
Email: Mikko.Anttonen@ncp.fi

Mechanical and Plastics Engineering, Mr Arto Huovinen
Tel. (013) 260 6845
Email: Arto.Huovinen@ncp.fi

Civil Engineering, Mr Tapio Turunen
Tel: (013) 260 6802
Email: Tapio.Turunen@ncp.fi

Health Care, Ms Pirkko Naumanen
Tel: (013) 260 6622, 050 563 2187
Email: Pirkko.Naumanen@ncp.fi

Business Economics, Mr Timo Väyrynen
Tel: (013) 260 6731, 0400 579 275
Email: Timo.Vayrynen@ncp.fi

Music, Mr Reima Raijas
Tel: 050 467 5908
Email: Reima.Raijas@ncp.fi


OTHER SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

Library and Information Services

Library and Information Services provide students with professional literature and periodicals (both in print and
digital form) as well as some of the most essential databases related to different fields of study. Many of the
services are available at any computer in the Polytechnic network.

Business and Administration Information Service
Mon, Thu at 9:00 – 19:00, Tue and Wed at 9:00 – 16:00, Fri 9:00 – 15:00
Sortavala Campus, Sortavalankatu 4, 80200 Joensuu
Tel: (013) 260 6705
Email: Tietopalvelu.Liiketalous@ncp.fi

Forestry and Wood Technology Information Service
Mon at 9:00 – 16:00, Tue – Thu 8.00 – 16.00, Fri at 8:00- 15:00
Utra Campus, Väisälänkatu 4
Tel: (013) 260 6905
Email: Tietopalvelu.Metsa@ncp.fi

Technology Information Service (also Fine Arts and Design)
Mon – Tue at 8:30 – 15, Wed at 8:30 – 18:30, Thu – Fri at 8:30 - 15
Wärtsilä Campus, Karjalankatu 3
Tel: (013) 260 6809
Email: Tietopalvelu.Tekniikka@ncp.fi

Health Care Information Service
Mon – Wed at 9 – 18, Fri at 9 – 15
Tikkarinne Campus, Tikkarinne 9
Tel: (013) 260 6630
Email: Tietopalvelu.Terveysala@ncp.fi

The Library and Information Services collections can be found in Joel-catalogue on www.joel.amkit.fi. At the
same address you can also renew your loans.

On the web pages (www.ncp.fi/tietopalvelut) you can get more information about Library and Information
Services, you have an access into electronic publications and Linko-link database. Using electronic databases is
possible not only at the computers within the network of the Polytechnic, but also at your home computer. Ask
further information about the distance use from the Information Services.

You can use the North Karelia Polytechnic library card also at University Library.

Orientation to the use of the library is organised for new students at the beginning of the academic year.
Specially designed library introduction in searching information from various sources is offered by request to
small groups (such as students writing their thesis) according to their wishes. You can get further information
about this from the Information Services or the Information Specialists, contact information can be found on the
www-pages.

Furthermore, the following information service units of North Karelia Polytechnic and Educational Federation of
Municipalities are available for the students and staff of the Polytechnic:

Information Services of Rural Industries (Kitee)
Information Services of Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services (Niskala)
Information Services of Music (Rantala)
Information Services of Social Care (Outokumpu)
Science Park Library (Länsikatu)


Computing Services

North Karelia Polytechnic provides students with modern computing facilities. There are about 1000 workstations
for students. Most of the workstations are modern IBM-microcomputers with Windows XP-operating system.
There is a trunk network (Gbit speed) and a LAN network (100 Mbit speed). The Internet connections are
managed with the FUNET-accession (Gbit speed).

    -   Every student of North Karelia Polytechnic is given a personal user name.
    -   The user name is the same as the student number.
    -   The user names are with an empty password, which the user has to change when registering for the first
        time.
    -   The user name and the password are personal. Therefore, it is strictly forbidden to give them to anyone
        else. The user is responsible for his/her own user name and password. Please inform immediately to
        Computing Services if there is doubt about the misuse of passwords/user names.
    -   When the student gets his/her personal user name, he/she at the same time agrees to follow the rules of
        the Polytechnic related to information technology systems and telecommunication network. The purpose
        of the rules is to define the rights and duties to the users as well as to the Polytechnic.
    -   The rules related to information technology systems and the telecommunication network can be found
        on the Internet: http://www.ncp.fi/netiketti
    -   Each student is given the home directory of 40 MB. It can be found in disc Z:, the profile size 20 Mb.
    -   The students are also provided with an email account. Instructions for using the email can be found at
        the following address: http://pollex.ncp.fi Email is widely used in the internal communication at the
        Polytechnic. Therefore, every student should become familiar with its use.

In case of computer-related problems, students can turn to the IT experts at HelpDesk who are best available by
phone, tel. (013) 260 444 or by email HelpDesk@ncp.fi


Recruiting Services

Recruiting Services can assist students in finding training placements, thesis assignments and permanent jobs.
The Polytechnic is a part of the national recruiting services on the Internet called Jobstep.net. This service gives
students a chance to apply for jobs advertised by enterprises. Enterprises, on the other hand, may view the CVs
by the students. If you want to use the service, you have to register and commit yourself to the rules. Jobstep
can be found at www.jobstep.net. The services of Jobstep are free of charge for students and for enterprises.

Contact Information:
Planner, Mr Mikko Penttinen
Tikkarinne 9, 80200 Joensuu
Tel: (013) 260 6986 or 050 343 7621
Fax: (013) 260 6998
Email: rekrytointipalvelut@ncp.fi
Internet: www.ncp.fi www.jobstep.net

Internal Communication at North Karelia Polytechnic

General and updated information concerning the Polytechnic is available on the Internet at http://www.ncp.fi and
in the Student Services Office. Each degree programme announces their means of internal communication at
the beginning of each semester. Bulletin boards serve as the main source of information, but also Info-TV is
available on several campuses. Some degree programmes have weekly information meetings and an internal
information newsletter or bulletin. Teaching staff can be reached by e-mail or in person during the specified
office hours. Tutors and student members of the teams may also be able to provide the information a student is
seeking. In some degree programmes, persons responsible for internal communication have been appointed.

At the beginning of the academic year, there is an info meeting for all the students on every campus. The aim is
to give topical information about studies. All the students who will continue their studies in the following
academic year are sent a personal letter from the Student Services Office at the end of the spring term. The
letter is of utmost importance; it contains information about studies, information about student financial aid and
about the study right as well as information about the student union. Since the letter is very important to every
student, it is necessary to have the students‟ right addresses in the Student Services Office.

NoCaPo is a student organisation, which every student can join. NoCaPo works as a link between the different
degree programmes by informing, training and organising different activities to the students of the Polytechnic.

Students have possibilities to get information in many different places and in many different ways. To be up-to-
date requires, however, initiative and efforts from each student. To develop and improve the internal information
services, it is necessary for students to give feedback. Further information can be obtained from the Student
Services Office, the office of your degree programme, as well from Ms Salli Soininen, Marketing Secretary, tel:
(013) 260 6886 or 050 376 6338, Email: Salli.Soininen@ncp.fi

Student Health Care Services

Changes can occur concerning Student Health Care Services, please check the updated information on
www.npc.fi/virtuaaliopiskelijapalvelut

Business and Administration (Joensuu)
Nurse Ms Tiina Parviainen
Tel: (013) 267 5135
Location: Tikkarinne 9, E-building, 2nd floor
Without appointment: Tue – Wed, 8.00 – 9.30

Dental Care:
Karsikko Dental Care Centre
Kettuvaarantie 25
Tel: (013) 267 4460, 267 4461

Forestry and Wood Technology
Health Care
Nurse Ms Aira Pulkkinen
Tel: (013) 267 5134
Location: Tikkarinne 9, E-building, 2nd floor
Without appointment: Mon – Fri, 8:00 – 9:30

Dental Care:
Forestry and Wood Technology
Rantakylä Dental Care Centre
Ruoritie 3
Tel: (013) 267 4551

Health Care
Niinivaara Dental Care Centre
Suvikatu 16
Tel: (013) 267 4554

Technology
Fine Arts and Design
Nurse: Ms Päivi Tuunainen
Location: North Karelia College of Further Education, Peltola
                             nd
Peltolankatu 4, E-building, 2 floor,
Tel: (013) 244 2618
Without appointment: Mon – Fri at 8 – 10:00

Dental Care:
Technology
Niinivaara Dental Care Centre
Suvikatu 16
Tel: (013) 267 4263

Fine Arts and Design
Karsikko Dental Care Centre
Kettuvaarantie 25
Tel: (013) 267 4460, 267 4461


Communication
Music
Tourism and Catering (Joensuu)

Nurse: Ms Anna-Liisa Luukkainen
Location: North Karelia College of Further Education, Otsola
Tulliportinkatu 3, B-Building
Tel: (013) 244 2215
Without appointment: Mon – Fri at 9:00-11.00

Dental Care:
Tourism and Catering and Communication:
Karsikko Dental Care Centre, Kettuvaarantie 25
Tel: (013) 267 4460 or 4461
Music:
Niinivaara Dental Care Centre, Suvikatu 16
Tel: (013) 267 4430
Communication:
Noljakka Dental Care Centre, Noljakankaari 1
Tel: (013) 256 4580

Rural Industries
Environment Technology (Kitee)

Student health care services are taken care by Kitee Main Health Care Centre of Middle Karelia Federation of
Municipalities for public health. If possible, students are advised to use health care services of their home
municipalities.

Kitee Main Health Care Centre, Arppentie 6, 82500 Kitee, Tel: (013) 684 1551, switchboard
Nurse: Ms Merja Kettunen
Location: on Kitee campus of the Polytechnic Thu at 10:00 – 15:00, tel: 050 3295486. At other times, the health
care centre/ the adult reception hours, tel: (013) 684 1551, please, make an appointment. Dental Care Centre
tel: (013) 684 1500.

Social Welfare Work (Outokumpu)

Nurse: Ms Paula Ärväs
Tel: (013) 559 562, 050 523 8563
Location: Outokumpu Health Care Centre, Sairaalankatu 8, Health Care Centre‟s appointment, tel: (013) 559
501.

Specific information concerning the health care services on Nurmes campus can be obtained from the degree
programme office.

Other Medical Services

Visits to the doctor can be arranged on the campuses by making an appointment through the nurse. In case of
an acute illness, the student may contact the nearest Health Care Centre and make an appointment with the
doctor. (Patients are appointed to a doctor based on the patient‟s residential area in Joensuu.) There is a basic
fee of EUR 11 per visit for the first three visits of the year. Students who reside in municipalities near Joensuu
should first contact the Health Care Centre of their own municipality.

Kitee campus: Doctors‟ reception tel: (013) 684 1400. A fee is charged for the first three visits, after that free of
charge. There is a fine for the appointment that has not been cancelled or visited.

Lieksa campus: The nurse‟s reception hours twice a month on the Polytechnic campus. At other times, the
reception in the Health Care Centre, also other services are available in the Health Care Centre.

Information on doctors and dentists on duty can be obtained by telephoning 10023. Those who do not
keep an appointment with a doctor or dentist and do not call to cancel it must pay a fine of EUR 27.

Doctor on duty: North Karelia Central Hospital (PKKS), Tikkamäentie 16, tel: (013) 171 6003. Students over 18
years of age must pay a fee of EUR 11/visit on weekdays at 20-8 and EUR 22/visit at weekends.
Nurse on duty: North Karelia Central Hospital (PKKS), daily at 8-22.00, tel: (013) 171 6000.

Insurance Cover

In case of an accident, the student should contact the office of the degree programme or Ms Ulla Kallio,
secretary, tel. (013) 260 6407, email: Ulla.Kallio@ncp.fi

Housing

Elli Student Housing (Opiskelija-asunnot Oy Joensuun Elli) offers accommodation in halls of residence for
approximately 3000 students. Student housing application forms are available at the Elli Office, tel: (013) 223
300. Lodgings are also available through private owners or agents and through municipal housing offices.
     - Joensuun Elli, www.joensuunelli.fi
     - Joensuun kaupungin asuntotoimisto, www.jns.fi
     - Kiinteistö Oy Outokummun vuokratalot, www.okukaup.fi
     - Kiteen kaupungin asuntotoimisto, www.kitee.fi
     - Lieksan kaupungin palvelut, www.lieksa.fi
     - Nurmeksen kaupungin palvelut, www.nurmes.fi

Other information on housing:

Halls of residence owned by North Karelia Polytechnic are situated on Utra campus

Student dormitories in Finland: http://www.soa.fi/fin/opiskelija-asunnot/index.html

Other links:
http://www.asuntoverkko.com/vuokra-asunnot.html
http://www.asuntoporssi.net/
Information on buying or leasing an apartment:
http://www.alli.fi/allison/asuminen
http://www.kuluttajavirasto.fi
STUDENT ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY CHURCHES

Activities of Lutheran Parishes

The Joensuu Evangelical Lutheran Church Federation/Student ministers
Kirkkokatu 28, P.O.B. 10, 80101 Joensuu
Tel. (switchboard) (013) 2635 300, fax (013) 2635 355, http://www.evl.fi/srk/joensuu/public_html/index.html

Student Minister, Ms Sirkku Junttila, tel. 050 331 0804, Email: Sirkku.Junttila@evl.fi
                                                                 rd
Available on Wed at 12:00 – 13:30 in the office Kirkkokatu 28, 3 floor

The Joensuu Lutheran Student Parish offers a variety of activities for young people, such as floorball, music
groups, “Helping Hand” lay work groups, discussion groups, Bible study groups, social gatherings, etc. During
the academic year, students gather at Mutala Church (OPKO) on Tue at 19:00, a students‟ night at Joensuu
Church on Wed at 19.00, at Noljakka Church (EO) on Thu at 19:00 and at Pielisensuu Church (KL) on Sat at
19:00. Discussion topics vary from religious matters to relationships. During the summer, student sauna and
sports nights are held at Männikköniemi (Vainoniementie 2) on Thu at 18:30. More information on all the
activities can be found in the
“Kirkkotie“ paper, on bulletin boards of the Polytechnic, in church periodicals, on the web pages of the Lutheran
Parish or directly from the student ministers. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Ms Sirkku Junttila and Ms Tiina Marjaana Tarnanen work as student ministers. They are bound to secrecy. They
can best be reached by mobile phone or by email. Ministers are also available for baptisms, marriage
ceremonies, funerals, helping people through times of grief and as teachers of adult confirmation schools.

Greek Orthodox Church in Joensuu

Joensuu Orthodox Church
Kirkkokatu 32, 80100 Joensuu
Tel (013) 220 440.

More information about student activities can be obtained from, youth counsellor, from the youth office of the
parish, tel. (013) 220 461 or 050 558 2528.


STUDENT UNION NoCaPo – LOOKING AFTER STUDENTS

The student union of North Karelia Polytechnic NoCaPo is an organisation looking after the students‟ interests.
NoCaPo‟s tasks include lobbying, informing the students, training and organising common activities. If you face
any problems or are interested in student activities, please contact us.

More information on NoCaPo and its activities and events available on www.nocapo.ncp.fi

Office: Tikkarinne 9, 80200 Joensuu, c-building, k-foor
Tel: (013) 260 6472
Email:
to the Chair: pjnocapo@pollex.ncp.fi
to the Secretary-General: psnocapo@pollex.fi
to the PR secretary: tdnocapo@pollex.ncp.fi

You can also contact the student organisations of your own field of study:

Joensuun kauppaopiskelijoiden Kilta ry (Students of Business and Administration in Joensuu):
Tel: (013) 315 513 Executive Manager/ bookshop, tel. (013) 315 586 Board, email: kiltary@ncp.fi
Wärtsilän tekniikan opiskelijat ry (Engineering Students at Wärtsilä):
Tel: (013) 311 478, email: wtory@ncp.fi

Tikkarinteen Terveysalan Opiskelijayhdistys ry (Student Association of Health Care at Tikkarinne)
Tel: (013) 313 829, email: ttopyry@ncp.fi

Kuvataiteen ja muotoilun opiskelijayhdistys Nakemus (Student Association of Fine Arts and Design)
Sirkkalantie 12a, 80100 Joensuu

Sosiaalialan opiskelijayhdistys Pokasos (Student Assiciation of Social Welfare Work)
Email: pokasos@ncp.fi

FINANCIAL AID FOR STUDENTS

Polytechnics are part of the Social Insurance Institution (KELA) Student Financial Aid scheme, which enables
students to receive student financial aid for full-time studies. Decisions concerning student financial aid are
made at the KELA Centre for Student Financial Aid (KOTK) in Jyväskylä. More information on forms of financial
aid, amounts of aid and eligibility for financial aid can be obtained from the secretary of the Financial Aid
Committee or in the brochure Kela 2004 – 2005 OPINTOTUKI, as well as on the
Internet at: http://www.kela.fi/opintotuki/.

Financial Aid Committee

There is a Financial Aid Committee at North Karelia Polytechnic whose tasks include, e.g. decisions on criteria
for full-time studying and students‟ progress in their studies at North Karelia Polytechnic. The committee also
provides KELA with statements concerning, e.g. fulfilment of these requirements by an individual student. (See
the Financial Aid Committee‟s Regulations and the members of the Financial Aid Committee).

Matters concerning financial aid are taken care of at the Student Services Office by the Financial Aid Secretary
Ms Kirsi Kukkonen, tel. (013) 260 6410 or 050 408 8429, e-mail Kirsi.Kukkonen@ncp.fi, and the secretary of the
Financial Aid Committee Ms Hilkka Korhonen, tel. (013) 260 6409 or 050 367 5193, e-mail
Hilkka.Korhonen@ncp.fi. The application for financial aid and a form for changes may be delivered to the
Student Services Office. They will be forwarded from there to the National Financial Aid Centre.

Duration of Degree Studies and the Maximum Number of Subsidised Months
A degree of 140 credits, the regular duration of studies: 3.5 academic years/max. 45 subsidised months
A degree of 160 credits, the regular duration of studies: 4 academic years/max. 50 subsidised months
A degree of 180 credits, the regular duration of studies: 4.5 academic years/max. 55 subsidised months

The set duration of studies for students attending adult education depends on the personal study plan. The total
maximum number of subsidised months for all studies in higher education is 70 months.

Subsidised Months per Each Academic Year
The extent of an academic year with the starting and closing dates is defined in each degree programme by the
directors. These dates determine the number of months for receiving financial support with the notion that each
subsidised month includes at least 18 days of studying. The amount of subsidised months per academic year is
nine months (September-May) for a student at an institution of higher level. If the student does not get enough
credits or is not studying for nine months, he/she should cancel his/her aid by sending a form “muutosilmoitus”
on changes in the circumstances. To finance the studies outside the academic year, the student can apply for
aid for summer studies.

Generally, financial aid is granted for the whole set duration of studies. However, the following students should
apply for financial aid each academic year through the Financial Aid Committee: most students of adult
education, students who have exceeded the set duration of their studies and students whose study programme
and personal study plan includes a substantial amount of compensation because of earlier studies or work
experience. Financial aid for the summer should also be separately applied for through the Financial Aid
Committee.
The financial aid applications for the abovementioned studies should be forwarded to the secretary of the
Financial Aid Committee in the Student Services Office. The Financial Aid Committee will provide a statement
based on the application and the KELA Centre for Student Financial Aid will make a decision based on the
statement.



_________________________________________________________________________________________

Criteria for full-time studying and progress of studies from 1.8.2004
(Decree on Financial Aid for Students 424, § 4)

For a Polytechnic student, financial aid can be granted or paid when his/her

    1) degree-awarding studies comprise an average of at least 3,2 credits per an aided month and
    2) specialisation studies comprise an average of at least 3 credits per an aided month.

The change will come into effect on 1 August 2004 and it applies to all Polytechnic students, both first-year
student and students continuing their studies. Thus, the follow-up of the progress of studies for the academic
year 1 August 2004 – 31 July 2005 will be based on these criteria. The criteria are also valid when granting
financial aid for student exceeding their regular study time.

_________________________________________________________________________________________



Financial Aid – Student’s Own Responsibility

The student is responsible for the aid received and therefore, he/she must observe whether the requirements for
full-time studies are met and monitor his/her own personal income limit. If the studies do not meet the
requirements of full-time study or if the student exceeds his/her personal income limit, it is the student‟s
responsibility to cancel the financial aid for an appropriate period or repay the aid that has been awarded. If the
studies are interrupted because of a long term illness, it is to the student‟s benefit to cancel the aid and to
change over to sickness allowance, returning to the regular student financial aid after the period of sickness has
ended. All changes in a student‟s living conditions should be reported to KOTK. All the changes should always
be reported in writing by filling out and turning in the appropriate form.

Students applying for summer financial aid should remember that the aid received during summer months
affects the maximum number of subsidised months.

Monitoring the Progress in Studies

The student‟s progress in his/her studies is monitored by the Polytechnic‟s Financial Aid Committee in
cooperation with the KELA Centre for Student Financial Aid once a year in October. This monitoring concerns
the student‟s studies of the previous academic year i.e. this autumn the monitoring will concern the academic
year 1 Aug 2003– 31 Jul 2004. The amount of aid received is compared to the number of credits earned. The
summer courses and aid received for them are also observed. The Polytechnic‟s definition for the required
number of credits for full-time study is used as the basis for evaluation.

Students themselves should monitor their record of credits in order to keep it up-to-date and to be able to correct
mistakes early enough. It is easy to monitor the progress of studies via the WinhaPro web pages. If the credits
are not in the records after the time limit defined in the degree regulations, the student should contact the
responsible lecturer. According to the degree regulation (10 §), the credits should be entered into the records
within one month‟s time from the examination date. If completing the study unit requires that written exercises or
reports be submitted, the student must return them within the certain time after the end of the study unit
determined by the degree programme. The results must be recorded within one (1) month after the exercises or
reports have been returned.

Practical Implementations

The KELA Centre for Student Financial Aid sends a file on the students receiving financial aid to the Polytechnic,
which is returned to KELA with information on their credits. KELA prints requests for clarifications on behalf of
the Committee for those students who have not met the minimum requirement of credits during the academic
year being monitored. The requests are sent to the Polytechnic Financial Aid Committee, which checks them
before forwarding them to the students. Enclosed with the request, the students also receive the transcript of
records which shows the credits included in the monitoring.

The student has approx. one month‟s time to respond to the request and to follow the instructions provided. The
request must always be answered personally and in written form. The financial aid as well as the credits
received are a personal matter and therefore the requests cannot be answered by the directors of the degree
programmes, lecturers, study counsellors nor secretaries. Nevertheless, a written statement from the above
mentioned persons can be enclosed.

After the Financial Aid Committee has received a reply from the student, it analyses the answer and can proceed
as follows:

1. Financial aid can be continued even without the required number of credits, if the student can state the special
reasons and circumstances that have temporarily delayed his/her studies. Acceptable reasons include the
student‟s own illness, illness in the family or difficult circumstances of life. Working or being active in student
associations during months in which aid was received are not acceptable reasons for delay. The Committee
gives the student a time limit within which a defined number of credits must be obtained. According to a decision
made by the North Karelia Polytechnic Financial Aid Committee, the student must receive at least 15 credits
during a five-month period. After this time, the student must present the transcript of records or a certificate
verified by a lecturer to the Committee. If the requirement is not met, the aid will be cancelled.

2. The aid is cancelled
-if the student does not respond to the request for clarification
-if the student cannot provide acceptable reasons for the delay
-if the student has not met the requirements for credits in the time defined by the Financial Aid Committee

Financial Aid is granted to the student again when the requirement set forth by the Financial Aid Committee is
met.

3. Reclaim of Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Committee can request that aid and housing supplement granted for the previous academic
year be returned to the financial aid fund if the student has neglected his/her studies. This can happen if the
student received very few credits or no credits at all, or he/she showed no intention of studying. Before the
decision on reclaim of the student financial aid, the student will be given the opportunity to appear before the
Financial Aid Committee for a hearing.


Financial Aid and Student’s Other Income

The KELA Centre for Student Financial Aid monitors the taxable income of all students who receive financial aid.
The student should keep track of his/her own income during the calendar year and he/she must inform the KELA
Centre for Student Financial Aid of all changes that might have an effect on the amount of financial aid he/she
receives. The student must also inform the KELA Financial Aid Committee of his/her practical training.

When monitoring the income that affects financial aid, the following types of income are taken into account: the
student‟s other taxable earned or unearned income, non-taxable grants or scholarships allotted to living
expenses, and income gained abroad during the whole calendar year. Each student has a personal allowable
income, which is called the “annual income limit”, in other words, the income which a student may receive during
the calendar year without reducing his/her financial aid. The annual income limit is based on the number of
subsidised months during the calendar year. The subsidised month refers to each month, during which the
student has received student financial aid and/or housing allowance.

For example, a student has 9 months of financial aid and 4 unsubsidised months. The limit for the annual
income is formulated as: 9 x EUR 505 + 3 x EUR 1515 = EUR 9090 meaning that the student may have EUR
9090 other income and he/she may earn that amount any time during the calendar year.
Exception: if a student receives an average of EUR 505 or more per month from his training, he/she is not
entitled to receive financial aid. Housing allowance and government backing for a study loan can, however, be
granted according to the usual procedures.

Students themselves may affect the allowable income and prevent receiving an excess of financial aid in the
following ways:
     - by not applying for financial aid for each month
     - by cancelling the aid that has been granted for the necessary number of months
     - by returning the financial aid already paid by the end of March following the subsidised year.

The subsidised year is that calendar year in which the financial aid was received.

If the student‟s income exceeds the annual income limit during the year being monitored, an amount equalling
the excess financial aid paid and the housing allowance will be reclaimed. More information is available in the
Kela 2004- 2005 OPINTOTUKI brochure.


Financial Aid for Summer Studies

For one aid month, the student must receive at least 3,2 credits per month and there must be at least 18 study
days in a month. Also preparation for exams of large study units can be considered aid-eligible time. The exam
                                    th
date must then be earlier than the 5 day of the following month of the last summer aid month, and the minimum
amount of credits must be completed. To check this up, it is recommendable for the student to contact the
secretary of the Financial Aid Committee before applying for the aid. The studies, practical training or final thesis
completed at the summer time must be a part of the degree or they must be a part of transferable or
accreditative studies. The term summer time refers to the study months outside the normal aid period of the
academic year.

Applications for summer financial aid must always be forwarded to the secretary of the Polytechnic‟s Financial
Aid Committee. The Financial Aid Committee will issue a statement concerning the studies and the KELA Centre
for Student Financial Aid will grant support based on this statement. So it is not advised to send the application
for summer financial aid to the KELA office or the KELA Centre for Student Financial Aid, since it will
nevertheless be returned to the Committee and, in this case, only delay the decision. A form (available at the
Polytechnic) should always be filled out correctly and accompany the application for financial aid for summer
studies.

Financial Aid for Studies and Training Abroad

Financial aid applications should be addressed to the Financial Aid Committee of the Polytechnic. Studies
abroad must be part of the student‟s degree either through compensation or transfer of credits. The application
should be accompanied by the separate Polytechnic form. If the student receives ERASMUS, NORDPLUS or
equivalent grants or scholarships for his/her studies abroad, they are not necessary to be announced in the
application, since they are not considered as income. Other grants or scholarships should be announced. The
application should be submitted as soon as possible after the exchange has been confirmed.

Financial Aid after Aid Period
The student may get an extension time of one year to complete his/her degree studies. Special permission for a
one-year extension is not required, but financial aid must always be applied for separately by the student
through the Polytechnic‟s Financial Aid Committee. If the student has been granted permission to continue
his/her studies after an extension time of one year by the President of the Polytechnic, the financial aid for these
studies is similarly applied for through the Financial Aid Committee. In either case, the student supplies the
secretary of the Financial Aid Committee with an application for financial aid and the appropriate attachments.
The Committee will issue a statement, and aid will be granted based on this statement. When providing the
statement, they will check the student‟s studies up to that time to confirm his/her full-time status and the studies
that the student intends to complete during the extension, which will be a basis for granting the aid.

1) Application and certificate of studies must be sent to the KELA Centre for Student Financial Aid to ensure
   the continuation of financial aid after the period of absence.
2) For the studies abroad during the spring of the second academic year, financial aid must be applied through
   the Financial Aid Committee.
3) For the summer studies (3 cr.) the financial aid applied through the Financial Aid Committee.
4) For a possible extension time of one year the financial aid is applied through the Financial Aid Committee.

KELA Meal Subsidy

The KELA Centre for Student Financial Aid assists students by offering them an opportunity to buy one meal
daily at lower cost in specified restaurants and canteens. Subsidised meals are a part of student financial aid
and as such are available to all polytechnic students studying towards a degree and to students who are
studying in specialised studies full-time. Students receive the discount by showing their meal cards when
purchasing their meals. If required, the student must be prepared to present other forms of identity. Meal cards
may be obtained at the Student Services Office or at the student‟s own degree programme office. A list of
campus canteens that recognise KELA meal subsidy is provided as an appendix. Students attending practical
training outside the Polytechnic are eligible for a discount in any polytechnic or university canteen that
recognises KELA meal subsidy.

STUDY COSTS AND FEES

Tuition is free at the Polytechnic. All other costs are paid by the student.

A copy of a certificate (other than the degree certificate) EUR 3.36 + copying the appendices EUR 0.17/ page +
mailing costs EUR 4.54 = together EUR 7.90 + copies

The copies of the degree certificate and the certificate for specialised studies EUR 6.73 + the supplement EUR
3.36 + copying the appendices EUR 0.17/ page + mailing costs EUR 4.54 = together EUR 14.63 + copies

Fee for specialised studies is EUR 160/ academic year

Fee for Open Polytechnic studies is EUR 80/ period (3 periods/year). This fee entitles students to attend any
number of study units during the academic year. Open Polytechnic students are not entitled to attend practical
training or to write a thesis. The fee for the students of North Karelia Polytechnic, vocational institutes and
colleges and upper secondary schools in the province of North Karelia is EUR 40.

The degree students of North Karelia Polytechnic are not charged Open Polytechnic fees, if they take part only
in those study units that are offered generally through the Polytechnic and that are not special modules arranged
for Open Polytechnic. The fees cover study counselling, information, registration, statistics and examination
costs connected with the subject matter. There is a separate fee for course material.

STUDENT BENEFITS

Student Card of the National Board of Education
The card is free of charge and can be obtained from the Student Services Office. One passport photo and an
academic year sticker are required.

VR – Nationwide Rail Service

In order to receive discount with the student card on the Nationwide Rail Service, the following criteria must be
met:
    - basic degree studies at the university, institution of higher education, polytechnic, vocational college or
         upper secondary school, leading to a degree and being the student‟s full-time and non-salary occupation
    - the student does not have a degree of higher education
    - the studies continue uninterrupted for at least 8 months
    - the institution is being supervised by the state
    - the studies are neither based on apprenticeship contract nor they are part of labour education or staff
         training.

    A discounted student train ticket can be purchased round the year with a valid student card. The discount is
    50% of all the train trips.

    The student train tickets may be purchased using
    - a student card (SAMOK, SKOL, STOL, TERHOL) or
    - a VR Student Rail card.

    VR Student Rail cards may be obtained from the Student Services Office or with a certificate obtained from
    the degree programme office. The price of the card is EUR 1,60 and the student needs a passport
    photograph for it.


Matkahuolto – Nationwide Bus Service

Students are entitled to a bus discount through Matkahuolto Oy (the nationwide bus service) if they fulfil the
following criteria:
     - Studying which leads to a degree is the student‟s full-time and non-salary occupation
     - The student has studies that last at least 8 months

In order to receive a student discount, the student must present one of the following student cards:
    - a student card (Samok, SKOL, STOL, TERHOL) with a „Matkahuolto‟ logo stamped on it
    - a „Matkahuolto‟ student card (which can be purchased for EUR 5.40 by presenting a student certificate).

The student discount is 50% on domestic bus services if the ticket is bought in advance from Matkahuolto,
travel agency or approved ticket seller. Tickets sold by Matkahuolto can be used in all bus companies. Tickets
bought in advance are valid for one month.


CAMPUS CANTEENS THAT RECOGNISE KELA MEAL SUBSIDY

Amica Ravintolat Oy, Forestry and Wood Technology, student canteen
Väisälänkatu 4, 80170 Joensuu

Amica Ravintolat Oy, Music Studies, student canteen
Rantakatu 31, 80100 Joensuu

Kanerva, staff restaurant
Kaislakatu 3, 80130 Joensuu

Café Gilda, student canteen
Sortavalankatu 4, 80200 Joensuu
Rosmariini, student restaurant
Niskakatu 17, 80100 Joensuu

Kitee Agricultural College, student canteen
Koivikontie, 82430 Puhos

Lieksa Learning Centre, student canteen
Kuhmonkatu 32, 81700 Lieksa

Marsetti Ky, student restaurant
Tikkarinne 9, 80200 Joensuu

Muskotti, student restaurant of Nurmes Learning Centre
Nurmeksenkatu 11, 75500 Nurmes

Kuparisydän, restaurant
Kummunkatu 21, 83500 Outokumpu

Rapen ravintola, restaurant
Lammenkatu 18, 83500 Outokumpu

Wiikuna, student restaurant
Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu

Amica Ravintolat Oy, Corelli - restaurant
Länsikatu 15, 80100 Joensuu

Galleria Ravintola Aatos Sodexho, student canteen,
Sirkkalantie 12a, 80100 Joesuu

Student discounts are also available at the University of Joensuu student canteens:
Kuutti, Biology building
Carelia Hall
Verola, Administration building
Pipetti, Chemistry building
Pihvinikkari, State office building, Torikatu 36, Joensuu
IMPORTANT ADDRESSES AND DATES

Financial aid for students
www.kela.fi follow the link Financial Aid for Students
tel. 020 434 6770, service number at 8:15 – 16:00

Ministry of Labour
www.mol.fi

The National Boar of Education
www.oph.fi

Ministry of Education
www.minedu.fi

Campus municipalities
www.jns.fi
www.kitee.fi
www.lieksa.fi
www.okukaup.fi
www.nurmes.fi

Housing (information on housing also available at the above-mentioned addresses)
www.joensuunelli.fi

Travel
www.vr.fi
www.matkahuolto.fi
www.expressbus.com
www.finnair.fi
NORTH KARELIA POLYTECHNIC DEGREE REGULATIONS

North Karelia Polytechnic Degree Regulations approved by the Polytechnic Board in its meeting of 28 May 2004.

1 § NORTH KARELIA POLYTECHNIC

North Karelia Polytechnic is a commercial enterprise maintained by the City of Joensuu. North Karelia
Polytechnic offers higher education in the following fields of study:
    1. Natural Resources and the Environment
    2. Technology, Communication and Transport
    3. Social Sciences, Business and Administration
    4. Natural Sciences
    5. Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services
    6. Social Services, Health and Sports
    7. Culture


2 § EDUCATIONAL FUNCTION

North Karelia Polytechnic offers higher education programmes leading to a degree, professional specialisation
training for adults and other forms of supplementary training, as well as research and development services, the
aim of which is to support working life and polytechnic education.

The language of instruction is Finnish, except in the Degree Programme in International Business, whose
language of instruction is English. However, teaching and examinations may be arranged in an alternative
language at the discretion of the degree programme in question.


3 § DEGREES, DEGREE PROGRAMMES AND THEIR EXTENT AND TITLES

The following polytechnic degrees can be taken at North Karelia Polytechnic:

1) Polytechnic Degree in Natural Resources and the Environment
Degree Programme in Rural Industries (160 credits)
Title: Agrologi (AMK) (Agronomist)
Degree Programme in Forest Products Marketing (160 credits)
Title: Metsätalousinsinööri (AMK) (Forestry Engineer)
Degree Programme in Forestry (160 credits)
Title: Metsätalousinsinööri (AMK) (Forestry Engineer)

2) Polytechnic Degree in Technology, Communication and Transport
Degree Programme in Mechanical and Production Engineering (160 credits)
Title: Insinööri (AMK) (Engineer)
Degree Programme in Plastics Engineering (160 credits)
Title: Insinööri (AMK) (Engineer)
Degree Programme in Wood Technology (160 credits)
Title: Insinööri (AMK) (Engineer)
Degree Programme in Civil Engineering (160 credits)
Title: Insinööri (AMK) (Engineer)
Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering (160 credits)
Title: Insinööri (AMK) (Engineer)
Degree Programme in Information Technology (160 credits)
Title: Insinööri (AMK) (Engineer)
Degree Programme in Environmental Technology (160 credits)
Title: Insinööri (AMK) (Engineer)
3) Polytechnic Degree in Social Sciences, Business and Administration
Degree Programme in International Business (140 credits)
Title: Tradenomi/Bachelor of Business Administration
Degree Programme in Business Economics (140 credits)
Title: Tradenomi (Bachelor of Business Administration)
Degree Programme in Business Information Technology (140 credits)
Title: Tradenomi (Bachelor of Business Administration)

4) Polytechnic Degree in Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services
Degree Programme in Tourism (140 credits)
Title: Restonomi (no English equivalent)

5) Polytechnic Degree in Social Services, Health Sports
Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences (140 credits)
Title: Bioanalyytikko (AMK) (Bioanalyst)
Degree Programme in Physiotherapy (140 credits).
Title: Fysioterapeutti (AMK) (Physiotherapist)
Degree Programme in Nursing (140/160 credits)
Title: Sairaanhoitaja (AMK) (Registered Nurse), Terveydenhoitaja (AMK) (Public Health Nurse)
Degree Programme in Social Welfare Work (140 credits)
Title: Sosionomi (AMK) (no English equivalent)

6) Polytechnic Degree in Culture
Degree Programme in Fine Arts (160 credits)
Title: Kuvataiteilija (AMK) (Visual Artist)
Degree Programme in Design (160 credits)
Title: Artenomi (AMK) (Craftsman-designer)
Degree Programme in Music (180 credits)
Title: Musiikkipedagogi (AMK) (Music Teacher), Muusikko (AMK) (Musician)
Degree Programme in Communication (160 credits)
Title: Medianomi (AMK) (Media Artist)


4 § PLANNING AND DEVELOPING EDUCATION

The degree programmes and the labour market both take part in planning and developing the examinations,
degree programmes and curricula. The Director of Adult Education and personnel in charge of adult education
plan the specialised studies and other supplementary education together with the degree programmes.
Cooperation with representatives of the labour market and other institutions of higher education is carried out in
order to support the development and improvement of educational standards. Each degree programme director
is responsible for planning and developing his/her own programme.


5 § AIMS OF THE STUDIES, STRUCTURE AND GENERAL OPTIONAL STUDIES

Regulations concerning education at polytechnics indicate the general objectives and the structure of studies
leading to a degree.

The Polytechnic Board confirms the objectives and structures of the degree programmes, specialised studies
and other supplementary education and approves their curricula. The curricula for short-term professional
supplementary education (less than 5 credits) are approved by the director of the degree programme who is
responsible for the studies.

Additionally, there are optional studies common to all degree programmes of the Polytechnic. Each degree
programme compiles course descriptions for general optional studies for each academic year, which are then
approved by the Polytechnic Board.
6 § STUDENT SELECTION
Each Degree Programme Director is in charge of the selection of students for education that leads to a degree
and of students for specialised studies. The Director of Adult Education is responsible for the selection of
students for Open Polytechnic. The person responsible for adult education in a particular field of study is in
charge of the selection of students for supplementary education. Directors of degree programmes answer for the
selection of students for general optional studies organised by their programmes.


7 § STUDENT ENROLMENT

Education leading to a degree
The student must enrol each academic year as being “present” or “absent”. The student who is continuing
his/her studies must enrol by Winha-student administration-program during the registration period between 1.7-
31.8. The student starting his/her studies has to enrol using a registration form simultaneously with accepting the
study place. The enrolment will be done for the whole academic year or for one semester. Enrolment for shorter
periods is not possible. When enrolling for the whole academic year, the possible change of status for the spring
term must be made during the registration time in December, which will be announced separately every year.

The student may enrol as being ‟absent‟ for the total of two (2) academic years during the duration of his/her
studies. A student with the status of being ‟absent‟ is not allowed to attend lectures, exams or practical training at
the Polytechnic. The College of Examiners will not accept a degree of an absent student. During the status as
being „absent‟, the absence is not deducted from the set duration of studies.

If a student does not enrol as being ‟present‟ or ‟absent‟ before the deadline, the right to study will be forfeited
and the possible return to the studies must be applied separately from the President of the Polytechnic. As a
rule, the right to study can be reinstated at the beginning of the next semester at the earliest.

Specialised studies
The student studying specialised studies must enrol present using a registration form. The student who is
continuing his/her studies must enrol by the start of his/her studies at the latest and the beginning student by the
time of accepting the study place.


8 § THE RIGHT TO STUDY AND STUDYING AFTER THE RIGHT TO STUDY HAS ENDED

Youth education leading to a degree
The right to study in youth education leading to a degree is given for the set duration of the particular degree
programme and in addition, for one year immediately following the set duration. To maintain the right to study,
the student must enrol as a student each academic year. Without the right to study, the student cannot attend
lectures, conduct practical training, prepare a thesis or receive his/her degree certificate.

Adult education leading to a degree
The right to study in adult education leading to a degree is given for the time defined in the personal study plan
and, in addition, for one year immediately after that.

Based on an acceptable cause of the delay in the studies, the President of the Polytechnic can grant the right to
complete the studies after the right to study has ended for a student studying for a degree. As a rule, the
application should be turned in before the right to study has ended.

Specialised studies
Specialised studies must be carried out in the duration confirmed for them. If in the specialised studies or in
supplementary education the student is missing a small number of credits (less than 25%) necessary to
complete his/her studies, the President of the Polytechnic can grant the student the right to complete the missing
studies within six (6) months from the date his/her studies were due to end. The appeal must be made before
the end of the confirmed duration.


9 § STUDENT COUNSELING

The Polytechnic has a full-time lecturer of student counseling who coordinates the counseling of the students. In
every degree programme there is an own student counselor of each field of study. The student has the right to
get counseling during all his/her time of studying.


10 § ATTENDANCE, ACCEPTANCE OF STUDIES, CREDIT TRANSFER AND COMPENSATIONS

To obtain a polytechnic degree or a certificate for professional specialisation studies, the student must prove that
he/she has achieved the objectives described in the curriculum.

The course and attendance requirements of each study unit are set by the lecturer of the study unit in question.

The directors of the degree programmes decide the equivalence and approval of marks/grades awarded by
other institutions, as suggested by the lecturer of the study unit. The decision must show the extent of the
transferred or compensated studies in credits as well as the time of studies and assessment. It must also be
decided whether the studies belong to the basic, professional or optional studies. The director of the degree
programme decides the transfer or compensation of practical training.


11 § ASSESSMENT AND RECORD OF CREDITS

Study units and/or study modules that are included in a degree and in specialised studies are assessed using a
grading scale of 1-5: excellent (5), good (3-4), satisfactory (1-2) or pass. Examinations of study units and/or
study modules are assessed using the same scale, or using a pass/fail mark/grade. The marks/grades awarded
by other institutions are translated into grades equivalent to the marks/grades shown in the grading
scale above. Acceptable credit transfers are assigned only a mark/grade of pass.

A study unit or module may be tried three (3) times with the same requirements. If the student fails on all three
attempts, he/she must retake the unit/module with the most recent, possibly altered requirements. Participation
in examinations is unlimited. The timetable for examinations can be seen in the examination schedule drawn by
each degree programme. It is also possible to raise given marks/grades throughout the duration of studies (3½,
4 or 4½ years) by retaking examinations. The former grade continues to be valid if the new grade is lower.

The examination must be assessed, the results announced on the bulletin board and the mark/grade taken into
the record of credits within one (1) month from the examination date. The same applies to practical training and
a thesis. If completing the study unit requires written assignments or reports to be submitted in addition to an
examination, these must be turned in within a time limit decided by the degree programme. The results must be
announced and taken into the record of credits within one (1) month from the last date of submission of
exercises or reports. All the documents serving as a basis for assessment must be retained for a minimum time
of six (6) months, except the thesis, which must be kept permanently.

The student, who is proved to be guilty of a deceit in an exam, can immediately be sent off from the exam
situation and his/her performance will be dismissed. The study attainment will also fail when the deceit or
plagiarism is observed not until after the exam or after handing in the thesis or an exercise. Deceit or plagiarism
can also cause other disciplinary punishments based on the law and the regulations of the Polytechnic. If the
candidate causes disorders in the exam situation, also after the caution, the supervisor can sent him/her off from
the exam. When a candidate is sent off like this, the supervisor must mark the reason for suspension in the
answer sheet. If required, the student must be able to prove his/her identity in the exam situation.
The student has the right to receive a confirmed transcript of his/her records from the Student Services Office.
The transcript indicates the student‟s personal data, information concerning the degree programme and a
complete list and extent of successfully completed study units, marks/grades achieved, dates, names of
lecturers assessing the courses and a key of the grading scale. In addition, study modules and units are divided
into basic, professional and optional studies and into practical training and a thesis. Dates and institutions
granting compensated or transferred credits are also included in the transcript. The transcript of the record of
credits is signed by the authorised personnel maintaining the record of credits.


12 § CORRECTION OF COURSE MARKS/ GRADES

If the student is dissatisfied with the assessment of his/her studies or transfer of the prior studies, he/she has the
right to ask for a correction from the lecturer who has assessed his/her performance during 14 days from the
announcement of the results. If the student is dissatisfied with the written reply from the lecturer, he/she should
contact the director of the degree programme. After this, if the student is still dissatisfied, he/she has a possibility
to make a written request for correction to the Board of Examiners within 14 days from the date he/she has
received a written reply from the lecturer. A request for correction is to be delivered to the Student Services
Office. It is not possible to complain of the resolution made by the Board of Examiners.


13 § PRACTICAL TRAINING TO IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

The objective of practical training is to make the student familiar with practical tasks that are essential particularly
in professional studies and to provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her skills and knowledge in
professional life. Detailed objectives, extent, structure, content, form and evaluation of the practical training
period are determined in each degree programme and in specialised studies. The extent of practical training is
mentioned in the degree certificate.


14 § THESIS

The objective of the thesis is to develop and verify the student‟s qualifications and ability to apply his/her skills
and knowledge in the practical expert assignments related to his/her professional studies. A thesis is a public
document, although the basic data or research plan may be secret.

The thesis is a research in the student‟s own field of study. It may concentrate on a single field of study or be a
multi-disciplinary study, individual performance or a product or research of project or teamwork. In case the
thesis is a result of teamwork, each student must indicate his/her own personal contributions in the preparation
process. The purpose of the thesis is to show familiarity with the subject of the thesis, research methods and
professional communication.

The student‟s contribution to the thesis should be the equivalent of 10 credits. The grading scale used for
assessing the thesis is the same as used in assessing other studies.

Unless otherwise instructed, the thesis must be written in Finnish. In degree programmes using some other
language as the main language of tuition, the thesis is submitted in the language in question. Each thesis must
include an abstract written in any foreign language taught at North Karelia Polytechnic.


15 § MATURITY EXAMINATION

The maturity examination is a supervised written test in Finnish indicating the student‟s abilities in using
language and his/her familiarity with the subject of the thesis. The maturity examination is taken after the thesis
has been submitted for approval to the instructor of the thesis.
Topics for the maturity examination are provided by the instructor in charge of the thesis and the examination is
evaluated using a pass/fail grade. If the student has transferred from abroad or has, for some other reason,
studied using some other language, the degree programme determines the language to be used in the maturity
examination.


16 § GRADUATION, DEGREE CERTIFICATE AND THE CERTIFICATE FROM OTHER EDUCATION

All records of successfully completed study units and modules must be taken into the record of credits in order
for the student to graduate and receive his/her degree certificate.

When all the study units have been completed and registered, the student orders a transcript of records from the
office of the appropriate degree programme and fills in the graduation form to be processed by the director of the
degree programme. The degree is validated by a college of three examiners, which meets at least once a
month, except in July. In May and December a College of Examiners has the second meeting by the end of the
month, if needed. The dates of these meetings are confirmed by the Board of Directors at the Polytechnic and
they are announced at the beginning of each academic year.

The student receives, together with the degree certificate, a cost-free appendix for international use determined
in the regulation (The Diploma Supplement).

Degree certificates and certificates in specialised studies are signed by the President or the Vice President in
case the President is prevented. The transcript of records to be attached to the certificate is signed by the
director of the degree programme and for specialised studies by the lecturer responsible for the studies.
Certificates for other supplementary education are signed by the Vice President and the lecturer in charge.


17 § APPLICATION OF DEGREE REGULATIONS

The discretionary application of the degree regulations must follow the common principles of the legal rights of
an individual. Before any decisions are made, all parties involved must be heard. Decisions are to be public and
based on approved norms and standards.


18 § EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE DEGREE REGULATIONS

These degree regulations take affect on 1 August 2004 and nullify the former regulations of 1 August 2003.
Education that started before 1 August 2004 as a rule follows the degree regulations of the academic year in
question, except with 7§, 9 §, 11§, 12 §, 14 §, which are valid also concerning education started previously.


Specification to the North Karelia Polytechnic Degree Regulations, § 11 on the Final Submissions Dates
of Assignments and Reports in Each Degree Programme

Degree Programmes in Forestry, Forest Products Marketing, Music, Tourism, and Wood Technology:
The assignments and reports must be turned in within one month from the end of the study unit or
training.

Degree Programmes in Business Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Information Technology,
Mechanical and Production Engineering, Plastics Engineering, and Social Welfare Work:
The assignments and reports must be turned in within a time limit decided by each lecturer, however,
not later than one month after the study unit or training has ended.

Degree Programmes in Business Economics and Communication:
The assignments and reports must be turned in during the month that immediately follows the month in
which the study unit has ended.
Degree Programmes in Biomedical Sciences, Physiotherapy, and Nursing:
The assignments and reports must be turned in within one month from the final submission date
determined by the lecturer.

Degree Programmes in Rural Industries and Environmental Technology:
The assignments and reports must be turned in within one month from the last scheduled contact
session of the study unit.

Degree Programmes in Fine Arts and Design:
The assignments and reports relating to studies or training due to be completed during the academic
year must be turned in within one month from the end of study unit or training. The assignments and
reports relating to summer studies or training must be returned within the first month from the
beginning of autumn semester.

Degree Programme in International Business:
The lecturers inform students of the final submission dates for the learning assignments, exercises,
reports and other similar documents related to their study units. If the final submission date is not given,
the assignments must be turned in within one month from the end of the study unit. Training reports are
to be submitted within one month after the training has ended. If not otherwise stated, the reports,
exercises, learning assignments, and other documents are to be left to the degree programme office,
where the documents are marked with the submission date. Belated documents and reports will not be
assessed.




NORTH KARELIA POLYTECHNIC FINANCIAL AID COMMITTEE REGULATIONS

1§
North Karelia Polytechnic has a Financial Aid Committee which consists of four members and their personal
substitute members.

2§
The Student Financial Aid Act 9 § and The Student Financial Aid Statute 8 and 9 § regulate the appointment,
composition, duties, convocation and presence of a quorum of the Financial Aid Committee.

3§
Matters submitted to the Financial Aid Committee for deliberation are decided upon by:
1) the Financial Aid Committee in its meetings
2) the Chairman of the Committee and, when the Chairman is prevented, the Deputy Chairman.
Decisions to be made by the Committee and the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman are introduced by the
Secretary.

4§
The Financial Aid Committee, in its meetings, decides on matters concerning the refusal or interruption of the
financial aid on grounds of the student failing to make sufficient progress in his/her studies, according to the
requirements set forth by the Student Financial Aid Act 5 and 7§, The Student Financial Aid Statute 4§, and
the decision of 6/011/96/22.4.1996 by the Ministry of Education.

In its meetings, the Financial Aid Committee decides on the permanent guidelines for applying the rules and
regulations stated in section 1.

The Chairman of the Financial Aid Committee, or when he/she is prevented, the Deputy Chairman, decides on
other matters. The Committee may take into consideration a matter which otherwise would be decided on by
the Chairman. The Chairman may transfer a matter normally decided on by himself/herself to the
Committee to be decided on during its meeting.

5§
The meeting must be called, at the latest, three working days before the meeting is to be held.

6§
A book of minutes, which is signed by the Chairman and countersigned by the Secretary, is kept during the
meetings.

7§
Decisions made by the Financial Aid Committee are signed by the Secretary of the Committee. The
Secretary also retains the documents and is responsible for later filing according to the regulations set by
The Social Insurance Institution.

8§
Members of the Financial Aid Committee have access to all documents concerning the matters dealt with by
the Committee.

9§
These regulations take effect on 8 November 2003.



NORTH KARELIA POLYTECHNIC COLLEGES OF EXAMINERS 1.8.2004 – 31.7.2006 AND THEIR
SCHEDULED MEETINGS FOR 2004 – 2005

Official Members                                            Substitute Members

Degree Programmes in Fine Arts and Design
Mr Raimo Moilanen, Chairperson                              Mr Jukka Niskanen
Ms Ulla Tarvainen                                           Ms Aino Lampio
Mr Teijo Karhu                                              Mr Seppo Väänänen

Degree Programme in Communication
Ms Aulikki Pänttönen, Chairperson                           Mr Juha Virekoski
Mr Jyrki Kurki                                              Mr Juha Linna
Mr Kari Kallberg                                            Ms Pirkko Kurikka

Degree Programme in Music
Mr Pekka Mustaniemi, Chairperson                            Ms Markku Hietala, Vice Chairperson
Mr Reima Raijas                                             Mr Tapani Yrjölä
Ms Raija Pesonen-Leinonen                                   Ms Hellikki Pentti

Degree Programme in International Business
Mr Ari Stenroos, Chairperson                                Ms Kirsi-Marja Toivanen-Sevrjukova, Vice
                                                            Chairperson
Ms Riitta Hyttinen                                          Mr Pekka Sivonen
Mr Tenho Kohonen                                            Ms Eeva Karttunen


Degree Programme in Business Economics
Mr Pekka Sivonen, Chairperson
Ms Sinikka Marila, Vice Chairperson                         Mr Jorma Suomalainen
Ms Helka Mehtonen                                           Ms Ulla Kärnä
Degree Programme in Business Information Technology
Mr Eero Mönkkönen, Chairperson                    Mr Jorma Suomalainen
Mr Erkki Vikeväinen, Vice Chairperson             Ms Jaana Timonen
Mr Aarne Surakka                                  Mr Riku Turkia

Degree Programme in Rural Industries
Ms Ulla Asikainen, Chairperson                     Ms Anne Poutiainen, Vice Chairperson
Mr Arto Lankinen                                   Mr Juha Kilpeläinen
Mr Ilpo Tahvanainen                                Ms Merja Mononen

Degree Programme in Environmental Technology
Mr Jarmo Renvall, Chairperson                      Mr Juha Suomalainen, Vice Chairperson
Mr Jari Spoof                                      Mr Kari Kuokkanen
Ms Eeva-Liisa Juvonen                              Mr Risto Juvaste

Degree Programme in Tourism
Ms Marja-Leena Rautiainen, Chairperson             Ms Tuula Asikainen
Mr Petri Raivo, Vice Chairperson                   Ms Hanna Lukander
Ms Anne-Maija Härkönen                             Ms Raija-Liisa Ikonen

Degree Programme in Forestry
Mr Esa Etelätalo, Chairperson                      Mr Jussi Pesu, Vice Chairperson
Mr Lauri Vesa                                      Mr Raimo Hulmi
Ms Riitta Jalkanen                                 Ms Virva Rento

Degree Programme in Forest Products Marketing
Mr Jukka Asp, Chairperson                          Mr Pekka Huotari
Mr Jarmo Mäkelä, Vice Chairperson                  Ms Eila Kukkonen
Ms Leea Arvila                                     Ms Pirjo Saramäki

Degree Programme in Wood Technology
Mr Tapani Siitonen, Chairperson                    Mr Hannu Piironen
Mr Jouni Hietaranta                                Ms Leena Toivanen
Mr Matti Ikäheimo                                  Mr Jarmo Jussila

Degree Programme in Information Technology
Mr Jyri Roihuvuo, Chairperson                      Mr Jaakko Pitkänen, Vice Chairperson
Mr Eero Rautiainen                                 Mr Aimo Hakulinen
Mr Eero Väisänen                                   Mr Heikki Hara

Degree Programme in Mechanical and Production Engineering
Mr Arto Huovinen, Chairperson                     Kari Mönkkönen
Mr Pentti Partanen                                Mr Vesa Nuutamo
Mr Alpi Niemi                                     Mr Veikko Viitanen

Degree Programme in Plastics Engineering
Mr. Kari Mönkkönen, Chairperson                    Mr Arto Huovinen
Mr Vesa Nuutamo                                    Mr Pentti Partanen
Mr Veikko Viitanen                                 Mr Alpi Niemi

Degree Programme in Civil Engineering
Mr Tapio Turunen, Chairperson                      Mr Hannu Tyrväinen, Vice Chairperson
Mr Jukka Hirvonen                                  Mr Riku Tiira
Ms Merja Öhman                                     Mr Petteri Härkönen
Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering
Mr Jyrki Kankkunen, Chairperson                    Mr Jyri Roihuvuo
Mr Reijo Pussinen, Vice Chairperson                Mr Eero Rautiainen
Mr Heikki Hara                                     Mr Eero Väisänen

Degree Programme in Social Welfare Work
Mr Tuomas Lappalainen, Chairperson                 Ms Kirsi Lindlöf
Ms Riitta DalMaso                                  Ms Anne Siremaa
Mr Tommi Kinnunen                                  Ms Tiina Mäkinen

Degree Programme in Nursing
Ms Heleena Uusi-Illikainen, Chairperson            Ms Maija Laitinen
Mr Pertti Savelius, Vice Chairperson               Ms Henna Myller
Ms Hilkka Sidoroff                                 Ms Tiina Halonen

Degree Programmes in Biomedical Sciences and Physiotherapy
Ms Marja-Kaarina Koskinen, Chairperson            Ms Päivikki Heikkinen
Ms Anneli Muona, Vice Chairperson                 Mr Antti Alamäki
Ms Anna-Riitta Mikkonen                           Ms Elina Lyytikäinen
COLLEGES OF EXAMINERS: SCHEDULED MEETINGS FOR 2004 - 2005

                           Deadline for            College of Examiners’      The date of the certificate *)
                           Graduation Applications Meetings                    the first possible date for handing over a
                                                                              certificate

August                     2 Aug                     9 Aug                    18.8.2004
Septmber                   6 Sep                     13 Sep                   17.9.2004
October                    4 Oct                     11 Oct                   18.10.2004
November                   1 Nov                     8 Nov                    18.11.2004
December                   7 Dec                     13 Dec                   17.12.2004
December                   13 Dec                    20 Dec                   27.12.2004
January                    10 Jan                    14 Jan                   18.1.2005
February                   7 Feb                     14 Feb                   18.2.2005
March                      7 Mar                     14Mar                    18.3.2005
April                      4 Apr                     11 Apr                   18.4.2005
May                        2 May                     9 May                    18.5.2005
May                        16 May                    23 May                   27.5.2005
June                       6 Jun                     13 Jun                   17.6.2005


*) According to the date of the certificate, the student is entitled to financial aid for that month according to the
set duration of the academic year. If the set duration of the studies has been exceeded, the student must earn at
least 3,2 credits/supported month.

								
To top