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902002Y English 1 (Reading for Academic Purposes), 2 ECTS cr 
Code 902002Y  Validity 01.08.1995 -
Name English 1 (Reading for Academic Purposes)  Abbreviation English 1 (Read 
Scope2 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8006 Language studies, English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Languages and Communication 

Proficiency level 

B2/C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference scale.


In the Faculty of Science, this course is mandatory for all degree programmes except Geography. Please consult the Faculty Study Guide to establish the language requirements for your own degree programme.

Required proficiency level 

English must have been the A1 or A2 language at school or equivalent English skills should have been acquired otherwise.

ECTS Credits 

2 ECTS credits (total work load 54 hours including classroom meetings.

Language of instruction 

Both English and Finnish are used.


Biological Sciences: 1st year spring term
Chemistry: 1st year autumn term
Geology: 1st year spring term
Information Processing Science: 1st year spring term
Mathematical Sciences: 1st year spring term
Physical Sciences: 1st year autumn term

Learning outcomes 

In this course, students improve their understanding of written academic English used in texts in Natural Sciences as well as expand their general and scientific vocabulary. Students become aware of their own role in learning and will be able to find and take advantage of useful study materials available on the Internet in order to develop their own language learning strategies, which will enhance their academic English. Students show their awareness and their own responsibility by reflecting on their achievements in a study journal.

  Learning outcomes:  By completing the tasks of the course, students will

  • have acquired effective vocabulary learning techniques by being able to distinguish parts of words to infer meanings
  • expand their academic vocabulary by using Internet resources such as on-line dictionaries
  • understand and be able to construct basic grammatical structures used in formal written English
  • be able to utilize text structure and cohesion markers when reading academic texts
  • be able to apply effective reading techniques and have necessary skills to extract global and detailed information with considerable ease and speed from general texts related to Natural Sciences as well as texts/textbooks of their own field

See above

Mode of delivery 

See below

Learning activities and teaching methods 

The course is carried out in multi-mode, with instruction and student tasks both in class and in the Optima learning environment.

Target group 

1st year students of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Information Processing Science, Physics, and Mathematics.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

See 902004Y Scientific Communication

Recommended or required reading 

Set books for substance studies; journal articles in print and on-line. Further information will be given in the first lesson.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Active and regular participation in classroom sessions, completing the learning tasks (in class and Optima Learning Environment ) including the study journal. These are prerequisites for participation in the end of term examination. Exemptions from the examination can be given for excellent work during the course.



Person responsible 

Jolene Gear

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

N.B. Students with grades laudatur or eximia in their A1 English school-leaving examination can be exempted from this course and will be granted the credits by the Faculty of Science.

Resit examinations: Two resit examinations are allowed on the dates set by the Extension School unit of Languages and Communication.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended English 1, Physics and Maths  Course  Karen Niskanen  07.09.21 -09.12.21
registration period has ended English 1 (Reading for Academic Purposes)  Course  Karen Niskanen  07.09.21 -07.12.21
registration period has not begun English 1 (Reading for Academic Purposes), Spring 2022, 1st year Biology  Course  Karen Niskanen  12.01.22 -22.04.22
registration period has not begun English 1, Geology, 1st year  Course  Kari-Pekka Kallunki  12.01.22 -13.04.22

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