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8031003 University Study Skills, 1 Cp 
Code 8031003  Validity 01.01.2010 -
Name University Study Skills  Abbreviation USS 
Credits1 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeOther Subject0000 Undefined 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   GradingFail-Pass 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Student services 

Learning outcomes 

The aim of the course is to help new students begin studies and develop the know-how and skills needed in university studies. After completing the course, students have learned about university studies and the scientific community. The student can:

1) apply the study practices of the University of Eastern Finland in their studies
2) identify development needs related to their studies and develop their study skills
3) recognise and manage feelings of stress related to study situations
4) act according to the ethical guidelines and rules of the academic community
5) use online tools provided by the University of Eastern Finland to support studies, including the Moodle online learning environment.


In the course, students become familiar with university studies and ethical guidelines and learn about doctoral studies and the scientific community at the university. Students also learn how to use the most common online tools for studies, as well as skills in stress management and how to evaluate and develop their learning.

Modes of study  Online lectures and online learning, including assignments. Completing the course assignments is compulsory. 
Teaching methods 

Online lectures and assignments in an online learning environment.

Study materials 

Material handed out during the course.

Evaluation criteria 

Pass/fail. To pass the course, students must attend the required instruction sessions and complete the course assignments with a pass grade.


University of Eastern Finland staff.


Participation requires no prior studies at the University of Eastern Finland.


Typically in the autumn semester.

Offering data 

The course is intended only for students of international master’s degree programmes at the University of Eastern Finland. It is not intended for exchange students.

Key words 

Academic, learning, learning skills, studies, guidance, self-knowledge, independent, community, plagiarism, ethics, doctoral studies, stress, coping, stress management, online tool, Moodle, online learning, Student and Learning Services, UEF.


Joensuu and Kuopio campuses (students of international master's degree programmes)

Further information 

Taught in English. For further information, please contact Sari Tarvainen (


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
No exams