Assessment principles at Diak

At Diak, assessment is based on learning aims, which are specified for the early, middle and final stages of study.

The assessment criteria are based on the stage in question and the intended learning outcomes of the course or module.

Assessment areas include

  • the concepts and phenomena of the chosen field of study and related fields
  • informational retrieval
  • professional practice and problem-solving
  • professional communication (team and leadership skills)
  • societal and ethical considerations.

Assessment criteria at Diak


Assessment of written assignments

According to the general assessment criteria of Diak, written assignments should

  • adhere to the specified type of text (e.g. a summary, report, learning diary, essay)
  • discuss the specified phenomenon, topic or theme
  • be appropriate in scope.

The assessment areas can be weighted depending on the type of assignment in question. In addition, written assignments should adhere to the instructions with regard to presentation, structure, language, resources and citation.

Plagiarism i.e. unauthorised use or copying of someone else’s text without citation is prohibited and will automatically result in a Fail grade for the assignment.

Read more about the assessment criteria for written assignments.


Assessment appeals

If you are not happy with an assessment of your coursework or a decision on credit transfer/prior learning accreditation, you can appeal orally or in writing by contacting the guidance counsellor, teacher, teaching team or supervisory team who issued the assessment or decision.

Submit your appeal within 14 days of the earliest date on which you could have become aware of the assessment results and the way in which the assessment criteria were applied.

The assessment appeal process

  1. The student requests reassessment from the original assessor within 14 days of being notified of the original assessment.
  2. The original assessor reassesses the work in question.
  3. The assessor describes the grounds of the assessment in writing and informs the student.
  4. If the student is still not satisfied with the assessment result, the supervisor of the original assessor appoints another assessor to assess the work and provide a statement.
  5. If the student is still not satisfied, he or she must contact the secretary of the examination board within 14 days of the reassessment.
  6. The secretary provides instructions on how to appeal to the examination board.
  7. The student sends the appeal and the required supporting documents to the secretary of the examination board at least one week before the meeting of the board.

Diak examination board

The examination board and its procedures are described in section 32 of the Degree Regulations.

The decisions of the examination board are recorded. The record log is a public document.

Supporting documents which contain a student’s personal information will not be made public.

Members of the examination board

  • Olli Vesterinen (chair)
  • Heidi Grundström (secretary)
  • Pauliina Seppä (member) and Eeva Kylä-Setälä (deputy member)
  • Johanna Leppänen (student member)

The board secretary’s contact information:

Heidi Grundström, heidi.grundstrom@diak.fi


Meetings in autumn 2018

  • Monday, September 3, 9–11am
  • Tuesday, October 2, 9–11am
  • Tuesday, November 6, 9–11am
  • Monday, December 3, 9–11am
  • Monday,  January 1, 9–11am

Further information

The assessment principles are described in the Degree Regulations.

The assessment of theses is described in the Participatory Research-based Development Handbook.