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Open University Studies

Open University of Applied Sciences (Open UAS) studies are open for everyone regardless of your previous studies, work experience and age. However, to succeed in the studies you should have sufficient study, language and time management skills. The Open UAS studies are independent courses, offered online, giving you the opportunity to study part-time and remotely. The studies do not lead to a degree, but give you a head start for a degree studies, 

Studies in an Open University of Applied Sciences give you the opportunity to search for the right study path. The offered courses are based on KAMK degrees' curricula and can be accredited towards a degree later on.

The price for open university of applied sciences courses is 15 € per credit. Most courses are worth 3 to 5 ECTS (credits). Please note that 1 credit means approximately 26 hours' work load for the student (3 credits = 78 hrs, 5 credits = 130 hrs).

Enrollment for the courses

Courses are enrolled through a separate enrollment form. There is no separate enrollment period for independent online courses but please note the enrollment is binding. Enrollment can be cancelled one week before the start of the course at no cost. Cancellations after this date will be charged 50% of the course fee, unless the cancellation is due to illness and no medical certificate is provided.

Offered courses on Bachelor level

New Trends in Leadership and Management 5 ECTS

New Trends in Leadership and Management 5 ECTS

Knowledge capital providing a competitive edge will be emphasised during this course, while providing students with a grounding in quality leadership, activity-based management in business leadership and the significance of leadership and management in the implementation of an organisation's basic tasks.
Course contents: Knowledge capital, quality leadership, activity-based management and accounting, leading and leadership
Assignments: Long essay
Evaluation: 0 - 5 

Business Transfer and Succession 3 ECTS

Business Transfer and Succession 3 ECTS

This course aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the preparatory requirements, practical implications and continuity of business through a successful transfer and/or succession. This course will focus on business transfer in the context of SMEs and family businesses. On completion, this course will provide a holistic understanding of the business transfer process, the stakeholders and activities to ensure a successful ownership change. The course is structured sequentially to answer the question of how can we ensure the survival of existing enterprises through a successful business transfer?
Course contents:
- Societal and economic importance of business transfer, the business transfer process
- Stakeholders and advisory services
- Sensitiation and awareness raising
- Family business succession
- Valuation and maintenance of value
- Matchmaking
- Financing/ financial instruments to support business transfers
- Different target groups of potential buyers
- Post transfer growth and innovation, knowledge transfer
Evaluation: 0 - 5 
Risk Management 3 ECTS

Risk Management 3 ECTS

Students will be conversant with the concept of risk management and the risk management process. They will be able to identify, assess and manage business risks. Students will complete a risk management plan of a real or fictitious company according to the instructions given on the course pages.
Course Contents: Risk management, the risk management process. Identification, assessment and management of business risks.
Evaluation: 0 - 5

Organizational Psychology 3 ECTS

Organizational Psychology 3 ECTS

The role and responsibility of leadership in conflict situations, dealing with problems in the work community, work satisfaction, encouragement, reward and skills development. This course provides in depth knowledge of organisational behaviour.

HRM Practices for SME's 5 ECTS

HRM Practices for SME's 5 ECTS

The course provides great opportunities for course participants to apply the general HRM theories and knowledge learned from the basic HRM course to specific situations of SMEs (Small-Medium Sized Enterprises) identified by the partner universities based on the above scope. Through real-life cases and cooperations with SMEs and other related organizations in the partner university regions.

The common HR issues are identified:
- Uncertainty regarding future HR needs and requirements
- Current focus only on technical competencies
- Problems with finding and integrating young professionals/ university graduates
- Lack of knowledge about the (ever faster) changing expectations of younger people
- Lack of knowledge about the importance of non-financial rewards
- Problems with conducting interviews and implementing suitable assessments

Course content:
Appreciate the importance of human resource management in SMEs
- Understand the application of HRM theories and knowledge to the context of smaller organizations/institutions
- Observe the changing global trends (e.g. globalization, digitalization, diversity, changing demographics etc.) and how these affect the role of HRM and international managers
- Competency-based HRM model and its application in the selective HRM processes such as recruitment/selection, learning/development and reward management

Assingments: Six quizzes with a minimum of 70% score each and write one self-reflection essay.
Evaluation: Pass / Fail

Offered courses on Master level

Human Resource Management 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes of the course
* understands the theoretical foundation of Human Resource Management (HRM)
* appreciates the global trends and the implications on strategic workforce planning
* recognises the importance of human resource management and human resources as a strategic success factor for an organisation
* develops evidence-based HR management competencies to support the building of recruitment, reward management performance management etc. strategies
* strives for a fair, supportive, and inclusive approach in managing its work community, taking into account the diversity of the workforce and implement a work-life balanced approach that enhance the well being of its human resources

Course contents
-The theoretical basis of human resource management
-Strategic human resource management and the global trends
-Human resource management in practice
o Strategic workforce planning
o Recruitment and recruitment process
o Employees orientation and onboarding
o Training and development
o Performance management
o Rewards management

-Managing workforce diversity

Teacher(s): Ruey Komulainen
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face
Timing: 01.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

International Financial Management 5 ECTS
Teacher(s): Jaana Lappalainen, Tommi Kyllönen
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face
Timing: 01.08.2022 - 16.12.2022
Business Research and Development Methods I 5 ECTS

 Learning outcomes of the course

The objective of this course is to introduce the main concepts and methods of business research and development activities. These include the most practical terms and ideas applied in Master studies and Master thesis process. Student will get knowledge and skills to select and define the research and development problem and research question in the case company. During this course student will prepare a research proposal of the Master thesis.
Students will get practical knowledge and skills on choosing and defining the research strategy and methods to be applied in the final thesis to complete the development task in the case company. Student will learn to choose and use different kind of data collection methods, analyses and interpretation methods and cooperative development methods.

Course contents

  • Key concepts of business research
  • Research process
  • Research strategies
  • Research methodology
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Data collection methods
  • Cooperative development methods
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Open science principles 

Teacher(s): Päivi Karhu
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face
Timing: 01.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Business Research and Development Methods II 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes of the course

Student will learn the methods how to use, handle, analyze and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data. She/he will learn how to combine qualitative and quantitative data, i.e. use mixed methods/triangulation.

Course contents

Qualitative data analyses
Quantitative data analyses

Teacher(s): Päivi Karhu, Aki Kortelainen
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face
Timing: 01.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Innovation Management 5 ECTS

 Learning outcomes of the course

The student understands the importance of innovations and knows the stages of the innovation process, the most important concepts and financing models of innovation activities, and is able to apply the innovation process in their own work tasks. He gets the skills to apply innovation management methods as part of the development of their field.
After completing the course, the student has the ability to develop research and work community activities development project planning.
Future research methods provide tools to identify the future of the industry alternative developments. Students gain the ability to apply future research methods as part of their own field and business development.
After completing the course, the student is able to develop the company's business in accordance with a flexible strategy process

Course contents

  • The importance of innovation
  • Key concepts of innovation
  • Innovation process and its management
  • Examples of innovation activities
  • Innovation environment and financing of innovation activities
  • Utilization of scenarios in business development
  • Foresight tools and operating environment analysis
  • Exploring the future
  • Foresight in strategic decision making

Teachers:  Päivi Karhu, Tommi Kyllönen
Mode of delivery:  Distance learning
Timing:  01.01.2023 - 31.05.2023

Project Management 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes of the course

The students will develop his/her skills, knowledge and attitudes regarding the principles, techniques, and tools used in project planning, control, monitoring and reviewing and assessing of projects.
Student is able to manage projects from a new perspective and use and apply project management tools and methods. Student is able to integrate and apply management and technology skills to lead and manage projects.
Business ventures are increasingly project-based and proper project management allows companies to make good use of their resources and deliver their product or service on time and within budget. Student will gain confidence by working through real work cases and conclude the course will the skills to manage future projects effectively and efficiently.

Course contents

  • Conceptual framework of project and process management
  • Project organization and its responsibilities
  • Project scope and project budjeting
  • Developing a project network plan
  • Progress and performance measurement
  • Risk management
  • Project marketing
  • Key processes in projects
  • Documentation, audit, termination and closure

This course has been designed to provide practical, tangible knowledge by taking the student step by step through the life cycle of project work. The course will present the tools and methods needed to create a plan, define the project budget, allocate resources, manage product development, assess and alleviate risks, and take a project to completion.

Teacher(s): Antti Rimpiläinen
Mode of delivery: Distance learning
Timing: 01.01.2023 - 31.05.2023

Emerging Technologies and Business 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes of the course

The aim of this course is to increase the knowledge and awareness on possibilities how to boost business performance by using emerging technologies.
The student is able to recognize the development or focus area in the sales or marketing and learn to enhance digital service competence in the organization. Student will have ability to utilize new emerging technologies in the digital context. Student will learn to apply new digital solutions innovatively within their own business field.

Course contents

  • Emerging technologies
  • Future technological trends
  • Digital ecosystems, their components and architectures
  • Utilization of intelligent solutions in business context
  • Change and disruptive innovation
  • New useful purposes – innovative thinking

Teacher(s): Tanja Korhonen, Antti Rimpiläinen
Mode of delivery: Distance learning
Timing: 01.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Business and Entrepreneurship 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes of the course

This course will open the student to the different possibilities of what entrepreneurship is and has to offer as a potential career. After the course, the student should understand what it means to be an entrepreneur, how a business is run and have a possibility to consider it as a potential career option for them.

Course contents

The student will learn the basics of the business life cycle, what it takes to get from an idea to a business, what aspects are involved in running a day-to-day business, assess and understand different traits and skills related to being an entrepreneur as well as learn about different tools available for the entrepreneur to use in taking their business forward.

Teacher(s): Antti Rimpiläinen
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face
Timing: 01.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Market and Supply Analysis 5 ECTS

 Learning outcomes of the course

Understanding ones customers, existing or potential, is the key to providing them the right added value and stay ahead of competition. The students will learn methods and tools for market research, industry analysis and creating customer understanding. The students will engage in examining the side of the supply chain and how to manage it correctly and managing it in a way it serves the identified needs of the customer base in a competitive manner.

Course contents

The course will focus on principles and implementation of different market research methods available to businesses and analyzing the industry they operate in order to support decision making. Furthermore, the aspect of supply chain management, mapping and analysis is studied in order to understand how the supply chain is affecting the procurement of the company and how value is delivered to the customer accordingly.

Teacher(s): Antti Rimpiläinen
Mode of delivery: Distance learning
Timing: 01.08.2022 - 16.12.2022
Master's Thesis 30 ECTS

Learning outcomes of the course

Student will learn to apply the all-encompassing knowledge and skills in international business management to a specialized area of the student’s choice in her/his stakeholder organization or in a regional development project.
Student will learn to apply the theories into practice and develop own research and development comptencies.
Detailed instructions are described in the Master Thesis Guide.

Course contents

Master´s thesis
Teacher(s): Mervi Väisänen, Perttu Huusko, Maarit Vuorinen, Ruey Komulainen, Jaana Lappalainen, Antti Rimpiläinen, Päivi Karhu
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face
Timing: 01.01.2022 - 31.05.2023

Pathway Studies

KAMK offers a wide selection of English-taught degrees that provide valuable core knowledge, hands-on experience and networking opportunities in your future industry. Application period for degree studies starting in autumn 2022 already passed and next application period for English-taught degree studies will be open in January (studies starting in autumn 2023). 

Students can complete studies through KAMK Pathway program. Pathway studies are taught in English and require attendance in Kajaani. The studies will start in autumn 2022 and the application period is 3 - 9 August 2022. The admission decision to pathway studies is done based on interview. The extent of pathway studies is 60 credits, which corresponds to one academic year of study. Pathway studies for academic year 2022-2023 cost 250 euros. KAMK offers pathway studies for free for people who have fled the war from Ukraine for humanitarian reasons. 
Note: pathway students are not entitled to student financial aid such as study grants from KELA.

The offered courses are based on KAMK degrees’ curricula and can be accredited towards a degree later. Studies are taught face-to-face and as full-time studies. Pathway studies help you to prepare for higher education studies and reach the skill level needed for admission. Upon successful completion of the pathway studies, international students can apply to enter for degree studies at KAMK.

Pathway Studies for Bachelor's Degree
The following studies are offered during the academic year 2022 - 2023
Autumn 2022, first year studies

Autumn 2022, first year studies (common courses)
• Study Skills 2 cr
• Intercultural Communication 3 cr
• Academic English 1 3 cr
• Finnish for Foreigners 1 5 cr
• Business Operations 5 cr
• ICT and Business Applications 5 cr

In addition, field-specific courses based on interest:

International Business


Esports Business



Sports and Leisure Management

Principles of Marketing 5 op


Principles of Marketing 5 cr

Principles of Tourism 5 cr

 Principles of Sports 5 cr

Field-specific Case studies 2 cr

Basics of Esports Landscape 5 cr

Accommodation Services 5 cr


Spring 2023, first year studies

Spring 2023, first year studies (common courses)
• Finnish for Foreigners 2 5 cr
• Business Mathematics 5 cr
• Project and Event Management 5 cr
• Management Accounting 5 cr
• Law Studies 5 cr

In addition, field-specific courses based on interest:

International Business


Esports Business



Sports and Leisure Management

Marketing Planning 3 cr


Esports Industry and Stakeholders 5 cr

Programme Services 3 cr

Anatomy and Physiology 5 cr

Fundamentals of Management 5 op

Fundamentals of Management 5 cr

Customer Contacts 3 cr

Exercise Counceling 2 cr



Food in Tourism 5 cr


Motor Learning 3 cr




Basics of Exergaming 3 cr


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