General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The general aim of the course is to provide the student with support and tools to purposefully and successfully study at Arcada. Part 2 (3 ECTS) ICT Driving License The aim of this course section is to guarantee each new student the opportunity to aquire the necessary ICT (Information and Communication Technology) skills for their studies.

Learning outcomes

Part 1 (2 ECTS) University studies of today At the end of the course students are expected to: - know how to use the Arcada information channels - be acquainted to his/hers studying plan, profession and reflect over what the goals of the studies are - know different tools, methods and studying forms that support outcome oriented learning - understand what autonomous learning means for the individual learning process and for the studying results - be acquainted with the ethical principles - identify his/hers qualifications in languages - be aware of the opportunities to develop language competence Part 2 (3 ECTS) ICT Driving License The learning outcomes are the same as for the ICT Driving License at The University of Helsinki, i.e. after having completed the course you have the ICT knowledge and skills necessary for successful studies and for developing your competency further. The detailed learning outcomes are published on the ICT Driving License information page at http://projekt.arcada.fi/ikt- korkort/english/ -> Objectives

Course contents

Part 1 (2 ECTS)University studies of today Group tutorials with tutoring teacher Orientation in studies with Study Counselor Language support and mapping of language qualifications Contents and goal with studies Part 2 (3 ECTS) ICT Driving License The ICT leveling test is recommended to be made in good time. The leveling test serves as a prognostic test and support for the ICT Driving License. The content of the course applies the corresponding content at The University of Helsinki: 1 Introduction to the use of computers 2 The computer environment at Arcada 3 Modifying and presenting data 4 Information retrieval 5 Information security and privacy protection

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Additional information

Participating in a preparation seminar prior to the examination seminar is mandatory. Both course parts - University studies of today and ICT Driving License - must be passed during the academic year. The course parts are registered in one single grade. Part 2: The ICT Driving License starts with compulsory level tests during week 35. The level tests serve as prognostic test and support for the ICT Driving License. After the tests you will follow an individual study plan depending on the test results. Note the dates for Introduction days at Arcada: 24-26.8.2011

Recommended or required reading

Part 1 (2 ECTS) University studies of today Writing Guide Study Guide Part 2 (3 ECTS) ICT Driving License Learning material published on itslearning and on the ICT Driving License web site http://projekt.arcada.fi/ikt-korkort/english/ Home page of the course https://elearning.arcada.fi/

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Small-group work - 10 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 53 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Part 1 (2 ECTS)University studies of today Active participation in lessons and tutorials, the participation is shown in a learning diary. Part 2 (3 ECTS) ICT Driving License The computer based examination is marked "passed" when you have minimum 70% correct answers. To qualify for the examination you first have to pass the level tests in each of the five modules with minimum 70% correct answers.


  • Karlsson Hanne
  • Levälahti Filip
  • Nyberg Janne


Nyberg Jan

Home page of the course


Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • 2012-05-23 - Reports and productions

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