General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

At the end of the course the student is expected to have the language proficiency in Finnish required in the civil service in bilingual municipalities and needed to support his or her
professional development.
Swedish: At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to use his/her mother tongue correctly in different communication situations. He/she is familiar with basic business communication and can independently produce documents related to his/her own vocational branch. He/she is aware of the importance of life long learning to improve his/her mother tongue.

Learning outcomes

The aim is to develop the students writing skills in a professional context. The course also aims to give the student skills to use Finnish in health care contexts (writing documents in Finnish, attending meetings,using texts and vocabulary).
The aim of the course: the student knows the basic elements in written communication. He/she has a linguistic knowledge and is aware of the importance of continuous learning to improve his/her linguistic skills.

Course contents

Professional vocabulary and texts
Notices and instructions
Written Communication, Commercial Vocabulary, Vocational Vocabulary, Information Retrieval, Meeting Technicalities, Literature.
Grammar and usage

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Finnish:Prerequisite in Finnish Level B1 (Common European Framework for Languages).
Swedish: Upper secondary school level or similar.

Previous course names

The course replaces a part of the Vårdfinska course, 5 ects

Additional information

The course is given in two parts 2 ects Finnish and 3 ects Swedish.

Recommended or required reading

Reuter, Mikael: Översättning och språkriktighet.
Språkrådet: Svenska skrivregler
Finnish: material provided by the teacher

Study activities

  • Lectures - 36 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 6 hours
  • Practical exercises - 18 hours
  • Individual studies - 73 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Exams (written-, oral-, home-)

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass all course examinations.

Memorandum, minutes and activity at a meeting 15 %
Research report 25%
Written exam 60%

Finnish: written exam: 5.12.2013
oral exam: 10.12.2013
To pass the course the student should pass the following examinations:
Examination 1 meeting technicalities 20 p
Examination 2 exam 50 p
Examination 3 report 20 p
Examination 4 document portfolio 16 p
Examination 5 oral presentation, evaluation 4 p


  • Lehtola Minna
  • Stolt Kerstin
  • Lindroos Camilla


Lehtola Minna

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

2013-12-05 - Exams

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