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901004Y Swedish, 2-3 ECTS cr 
Code 901004Y  Validity 01.08.1995 -
Name Swedish  Abbreviation SWEDISH 
Scope2-3 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8002 Language studies, Swedish 
  GradingKK / T,H,hyv,hyl toinen kotim. kieli 
Unit Languages and Communication 

Proficiency level 

B1/B2/C1 (CEFR scale)


This course unit is compulsory to all students except those who have at least 60 ECTS credits of Swedish studies in their degrees. The language proficiency provided by the course unit is equivalent to the language proficiency required of a state official with an academic degree working in a bilingual municipality area (Act 424/03 and Decree 481/03).

Required proficiency level 

The required starting proficiency level for students of all faculties is a grade of 7 or higher from the Swedish studies at secondary school (B-syllabus) or matriculation examination grade A - L or a passing grade from the Brush up course in Swedish 901018Y.

If a student doesn't meet these requirements or his/her language skills are otherwise lacking, he/she must achieve the required proficiency level BEFORE taking this compulsory Swedish course unit. Information about brushing up on one's language skills can be found in Finnish here.

ECTS Credits 

2 ECTS credits (Biochemistry 3 ECTS credits)

Language of instruction 



See the study guide of the Faculty of Science.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course unit the student should have acquired the necessary proficiency level in Swedish to be able to manage in the most common communication situations related to his/her professional work tasks. He/she should be able to use basic grammatical structures fairly well in both speech and writing. He/she should be able to use the most common situational phrases understandably in various communication situations. He/she should be able to find the main points in general academic texts and texts related to his/her field of study and relay this information to colleagues or an audience of laymen using Swedish. He/she should be able to write short texts relating to his/her field of study.


Communicative oral and written exercises, which aim to develop the student's Swedish proficiency in areas relevant to his/her academic field and future professional tasks. The student practises oral presentation and pronunciation. Situational oral exercises done individually and in pairs and groups. Discussions in small groups. Current texts about the student's special field. Listening comprehension exercises. Written exercises relating to the student's professional field.

Mode of delivery 

Contact teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

2 ECTS credits: 28 hours of contact teaching (1 x 180 minutes per week) and related exercises, self-directed study. The course unit's total workload is 53 hours.
3 ECTS credits (biochemistry): 45 hours of contact teaching (2 x 90 minutes per week) and related exercises, 35 hours of self-directed study. The course unit's total workload is 80 hours.

Target group 

Students of the Faculty of Science

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

See Required Porficiency Level

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

The material, which is special field-specific, authentic and up to date, is distributed during the course. Students must pay for their course material.

Assessment methods and criteria 

The course unit focuses on improving both oral and written language skills and requires active attendance and participation in exercises, which also require preparation time. 100% attendance is required. The course unit tests both oral and written language skills. Students participate in the teaching in either autumn semester or spring semester.


Assessment is based on continuous assessment and exams. Approved completion of the course unit requires that the student achieves at least satisfactory oral and written language skills.  The grades are based on continuous assessment and the course exams. Oral and written language skills are graded separately. The possible grades are satisfactory skills (CERF proficiency level B1) and good skills (CERF proficiency levels B2-C1). For more information on the proficiency levels of oral and written language skills, see Assessment Criteria (in Finnish).

Person responsible 

Lecturer Rauno Varonen

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Teaching will begin according to the schedule


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