Modes of Study

There are different modes of study and teaching in use at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and the University of Jyväskylä. Below are some examples with explanations on the modes which you might encounter while studying here.

Depending on the course and its requirements, various modes of studying and teaching are used. These practices may be different from what you are used to in your previous studies, so please pay special attention to the course instructions. The course may, for example, include lectures, practical lessons, group work, written assignments and/or a written exam. The modes of study are explained in the course descriptions and the teacher usually also goes through the methods he/she will be using in the beginning of each course.

In order to gain the credits for a specific course, all the parts of the course need to be completed. In some courses, however, it is possible to complete only some parts of the course. In these cases, the ECTS credit load for a specific course is marked e.g. ‘3-5 or 3/5 ECTS’. Please also remember that it is usually mandatory to attend all the lectures/demos of the course. If you miss too many lectures/demos, you will NOT pass the course and gain the credits. If you miss a lecture/demo because of a sickness or another compelling reason, contact the teacher as soon as possible in order to discuss some compensatory assignments etc.


The theory and examples of the subject matter at hand are provided by the means of lectures. It is advisable to follow the lectures actively and take notes. Some time is required to be used for revising the lectures at home, especially if there are no demonstrations.


The exercises given during the lectures are gone through in detail at the demonstrations. The tasks are completed at home, and the correct answers are checked at the class.

Independent study / Book examination

Some courses may include or are completed solely with a book exam. Book exams are an often used mode of study for independent study courses. If you can complete a course in English only with a book exam, it means that there is no contact teaching but the course is completed fully by independent study. The purpose is for the student to read the predefined material/literature independently. In the exam, some major points of the material will be inquired to see what the student has learned of the topic. The books can be borrowed from the JYU main library. Book exams can be taken on general examinations dates. Further advice can be sought from the International Coordinator and the programme staff.

Electronic examinations

The eExam is an electronic exam that students can take in an eExam room located on the third floor in the Jyväskylä University Main Library or in room X150 in the X-building. The eExam room is equipped with camera surveillance. The eExam room is available during the opening hours of the University Main Library, so it gives students extra opportunities to take exams outside the general examination dates. Some of the book exams of our faculty can also be taken as eExams.

Written assignment / essay

Some courses may require completing written assignments. The purpose of these assignments is usually to summarise and apply the theoretical knowledge gained at the lectures or by reading the set literature. A written assignment is usually completed in the form of an essay. Please see Guidelines for Academic Essays for further information concerning e.g. the expected layout of essays. Writing is an efficient way of learning and it supports the goals of academic learning: one produces a text that combines one’s own ideas with the ideas from the source materials. Written assignment is an essay and the topic is based on the source literature or other given material. With the help of the literature one analyses and interprets one’s own findings and experiences on the topic. In a written assignment one should, for example, compare the information given in various sources, illustrate and describe the phenomenon, draw conclusions on statements and generalize individual explanations and findings to cover broader thematic entities. Writing usually generates new ideas which help you to analyse your thoughts and take the text forward. It is good to have some time for this process.

Lecture diary / Learning log

A learning log, or a lecture diary, is an instrument used for learning and personal growth. Its aim is to help you to become more conscious of your learning. The learning log should contain an account of and reflections on your learning and not simply a chronological list of events. The learning log will also improve your knowledge and understanding of specific topics by obliging you to think about them carefully in order to record them accurately.

Group work / presentation

In many of the courses there can be group work tasks which may also lead to a group presentation. Each group is given a specific topic on which they deepen their knowledge by reading literature and discussing their ideas among the group. The teacher will also give a deadline for the final presentation or written assignment. The group then divides the task among its member and sets a timetable for their work. Each member of the group is expected to contribute to the work and entire group will be assessed jointly on their output. Also peer evaluation can be used in order to see how well the group functioned during completing the task.

Moodle learning environment

Some of the study programmes use electronic learning environments (usually Moodle). If you are planning to take courses of e.g. Sport Management or Sport and Exercise Psychology, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the systems. For more information, please contact the International Coordinator. Instructions on how to use Moodle can also be found in the Moodle guide.


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