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Code of conduct for fundamental courses

These rules apply to at least the following courses

  • 530281 Vuorovaikutukset ja kappaleet, 5 op (physics)
  • 530282 Vuorovaikutukset ja aine, 5 op (physics)
  • 530283 Sähkömagnetismi, 5 op (physics)
  • 530284 Säteilykentät ja fotonit, 5 op (physics)
  • 530286 Termofysiikan perusteet, 4 op (physics)
  • 530287 Termodynaamiset potentiaalit, 6 op (physics)
  • 530288 Atomit ja molekyylit, 3 op (physics)
  • 53337 Aineen rakenne, 5 op (physics)
  • 530000 Suhteellisuusteorian perusteet, 4 op (theoretical physics)
  • 53703 Kvanttifysiikan perusteet, 5 op (theoretical physics)
  • 53704 Matemaattiset apuneuvot I, 8 op (theoretical physics)
  • 53705 Matemaattiset apuneuvot II, 8 op (theoretical physics)


  •  registration to all courses and distribution of students to exercise groups via WebOodi
    • WebOodi registration closes when the course starts. It is important to register in time so that we can book adequate lecture halls and form sensible exercise groups


  •  we recommend that all course web pages are placed into Moodle
    • Teacher: make sure that anyone is able to  see the course webpages as a guest without  having a university user ID (if copyright issues do not prevent this)
    • Moodle user guide video:  


  • we recommend a break in 90 min  lectures


  • exercises returned after deadline will not yield points. If getting to the department for the deadline is a problem, we recommend returning exercises electronically, this is allowed on all courses
  • marking range of exercise questions: 0,1,2
    • 0  no effort or senseless attempt
    • 1 good attempt
    • 2  contains essentially correct physical and mathematical principles, but does not need to be spotlessly correct
  •  the  department will organise a training session for all assistants at the beginning of every autumn term


  • you can have one handwritten A4 memo sheet and a calculator without internet connection in the exam
    • memo sheet will be returned with the exam paper at the end of the exam
    • exception: courses MAPU I and  II, Kvanttifysiikan perusteet* and Suhteellisuusteorian perusteet* where neither a memo sheet nor a calculator are allowed (*calculator allowed, memo sheet not)
  •  marking range of exams questions
    • basic principles the same as  in exercises:  focus on physical principles and reasoning
    • violation of physical principles or inconsistencies are penalised, even if they occur in ' extra' material after an essentially correct answer
    • lecturers and assistants plan the marking scheme together when constructing the exam questions
  • replacement course exam who those who are absent from the actual course exam

    • within half a year of the actual exam in a departmental exam where you can take an examination of the course in question

    • inform the lecturer before the actual exam if you are not able to attend
    • you can bring a memo sheet and a calculator just like in the actual course exam  (exceptions: MAPU, Kvanttifysiikan perusteet* and Suhteellisuusteorian perusteet* )
  • due to dyslexia and other similar conditions (certificate needed) student is allowed to use an extra hour to complete the exam

    • student must notify the lectures well in advance so that a supervisor can be arranged for the extra hour

  • lecturer can use  alternative methods to ensure the students have learned the material of the course (for example home exam, essay

    •  all students on the course should be treated similarly. Only in the case of medical reasons can a student get special treatment. Contact Pia Saarinen if you need more information on options for disabled people


    • course exam yields 2/3 of points (in the case of  course Termodynaamiset potentiaalit 1/2)

    • exercises yield 1/3 (in the case of  course Termodynaamiset potentiaalit  exercises+essay 1/2)  

      • no threshold, you can pass with 0 exercise points
      • no bonuspoints: if you get  35%  exercises solved you get 0.35x1/3  of course points;  if you get 100% exercises solved, you get 1/3 course points
    •  the lectures can in exceptional cases scale up points for questions that have clearly been badly formulated
  • Grade limits

    • < 45 %  rejected
    • 45-55 % grade 1/5
    • 55-65 % grade 2/5
    • 65-75 % grade 3/5
    • 75-85 % grade 4/5
    • > 85 % grade 5/5


  • feedback for the courses listed in the beginning of this document is collected with the electronic form designed by Ilkka Hendolin. Inkeri Kontro collects and pre-processes the feedback
  • Inkeri Kontro gives counter feedback to students at the last lecture of the course or the first lecture of the subsequent course


  • a student who has not passed a certain course, can attempt to pass the course once and only once in a departmental exam, irrespective of whether she/he has attended the course or not
    • if a student has attended the course, but wants to disregard exercise points due to their low amount, this is allowed, and their grade will be bases only on the exam. This however uses the one chance for taking the departmental exam for this course. 
    • if a student attends a replacement course exam (in which case also exercise points are taken into account when grading the course), they still have one chance for passing the course in the departmental exam  (with no exercise point taken into account)
  • a student who has passed a course can attempt to rise the grade once in a departmental exam
  • if you don't pass/rise your grade in the departmental exam, the only option to achieve this is to attend the course
  •  you can bring the handwritten memo sheet and calculator also to the departmental exams (except MAPU, KvaPer*, SuPer*,*calculator allowed, memo sheet not)
  • due to dyslexia and other similar conditions (certificate needed) student is allowed to use an extra hour to complete the exam
    • student must notify the lectures well in advance so that a supervisor can be arranged for the extra hour


  • Original exam answer papers are stored by the lecturer for at least six months. During this time students can go and have a look at their exam papers and take copies of them at their own expense After the six months period, students have posiibility for a two month period to fetch their original exam answers. After this period the papers will be destroyed.


  • we encourage student to work on the exercises together, and thus similarities in the exercise solutions are not considered plagiarism or cheating
    •  solutions in your own handwriting are considered plagiarism only if it is obvious that the only aim was to get exercise points without any attempt to understand what is going on
    •  it is not acceptable to return a photocopy or a scan of  somebody else's solutions or model solutions from previous years
  •  if you cheat by returning copied exercise solutions or laboratory reports you will be addressed by the lecturer, and if the clear misconduct continues, by the professor responsible for the curriculum in your subject, who keep a record of these cases
  • more on the subject:


  •   as every student now has the right to try to pass each course once in a departmental exam,  non-Finnish/Swedish speakers do not need special permission for this



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