School of Health and Sports

Contend of Studies
Annual Themes – Study Progress Description

Each study year has its own theme which describes the main focus of the courses.

1st year

S2010 - K2011

Students will gain an overall understanding of physical education and their own attitude towards their selected professional field as well as of the demands of physical exercise and coaching.

2nd and
S2011 - K2012

Students will plan, implement and assess supervised exercise for different target groups taking into account the skills based, knowledge based and educational goals of exercise.

3rd year
S2012 - K2013
Coaching and Depth
Students will be able to plan goal and customer oriented coaching and exercise programs, with the ability to justify their actions in their capacity of sports instructors and coaches.
 4th year

Competent and Capable of Development
Students will develop the field of physical exercise independently by networking with different
operators in the field and other cooperation bodies.
Structure of the Programme
Basic Studies (26 cr) 
Basic studies are compulsory studies. These courses include basic courses in communication skills as well language studies.

Professional Studies (89 cr)
These courses are carried out from the first year onwards and they include special study modules covering different areas of sports. The aim of professional studies is to equip students with both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to function in well-being and health promoting exercise, physical activity,
pedagogy and didactics as well leadership and entrepreneurship.

Further specialisation studies (35 cr)
In these studies students will be prepared for coaching and to develop their own field. Their professional competence will be built upon a multidisciplinary knowledge base.

Free-choice Studies (15 cr)
The aim of the free-choice studies is to provide the student with the opportunity to deepen and widen knowledge related to his or her own professional field. These can be chosen from the degree programme or from another degree programmes in the same school or from another university of applied sciences,
university or elsewhere by prior agreement. The head of degree programme approves optional studies chosen
by students

Practical Training (30 cr)
An essential part of studies is a five-month-long practical training period, which takes place during the 2 nd and 3rd study year. Finnish students must complete either practical training or a semester of their studies abroad. Before starting practical training students must have a minimum of 40 credits. The purpose of practical training is to offer students the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired from their professional studies by carrying out practical tasks in different kinds of sports organisations.

Thesis and Maturity Test (15 cr)
The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate students’ ability to adapt knowledge and skills acquired during professional studies. This can be accomplished in the form of project work, research work or applied research. It is recommended that the thesis be completed in co-operation with sport companies or organisations any or in co-operation with other interest groups. Preparation of the thesis is usually accomplished towards the end of studies during the final year.
The maturity test is done after completing the thesis. The test demonstrates students’ language skills and how
familiar they are with the chosen subject of their thesis. Finnish students write the test in Finnish and foreign students in English. The test is completed under supervision with questions provided by the thesis/project supervisor.

Foreign Studies
For Finnish students it is recommended that the 2nd year autumn semester is spent in a foreign university or university of applied sciences. Foreign students may choose not to go abroad. To apply for foreign studies the student must have achieved a minimum of 45 credits per academic year. In addition it is required that the students have good language skills (good skills in English and at least basics in the target country’s language if possible) and good grades. Students without prior international experience will be given priority when
decisions concerning exchange places are made.
Exchange opportunities will be presented in information meetings. More information can also be found from Kajaani UAS’s internet pages. Kajaani UAS’s partner institutions in different countries offer studies in English or in other languages. Each student makes a personal study plan with the school’s international coordinator for the period of foreign studies. Studies completed abroad are approved as part of the degree
programme within either further specialisation studies or free-choice studies.

Language Studies 
The Degree Programme in Sports and Leisure Management includes 18 credits of compulsory language studies. Language studies should comprise at least Finnish and English studies. Finnish students also have one compulsory Swedish course. It is highly recommended that students choose one language as part of their free-choice studies. These studies should include at least 8 credits in order to achieve a good level in the chosen language (5 cr beginner’s course + 3 cr intermediate/advanced studies).
 Finnish Students  Foreign Students
English 9 cr  
English 6 cr
Finnish 6 cr Finnish 12 cr
Swedish 3 cr

Foreign language courses offered at this level are French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese and German.