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
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
2 ECTS credits (Biochemistry 3 ECTS credits)
|Language of instruction
See the study guide of the Faculty of Science.
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
|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.
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).
Lecturer Rauno Varonen
|Working life cooperation
Teaching will begin according to the schedule