Professional studies

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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

After completing the unit the student will be able to use computers, networks and information technology as efficient tools in the basic and professional studies and he/she will have the basic knowledge, skills and strategies to become an independent learner of IT.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course the student will:
- be familiar with IT-infrastructure in ARCADA
- be able to use computers and the local computer network in the school
- be familiar with use of and rules in computer labs
- be able to use the Internet for communication (web-browsers and e-mail)
- have basic knowledge to use application software programs (spreadsheet, word processor)
- have basic understanding of database systems, computer program development
- be familiar with PCs - both its operating system and its hardware and peripherals

Course contents

Computer hardware
Software and operating systems
Word processing
Calculation and spreadsheets
Networking and Internet
Data base applications and data base systems
System Design and development

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names


Recommended or required reading

Steve Rickaby: Pass ECDL in 30 steps
Juha Paananen: Tietotekniikan peruskirja
George Beekman: Computer Confluence - Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (fifth edition)
J. Glenn Brookshear: Computer Science - an overview
Reference manuals
Internet references

Study activities

  • Lectures - 23 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 2 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 38 hours
  • Project work and productions - 50 hours
  • Individual studies - 20 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 70 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 63 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and presentations
  • Reports and productions
  • Essays


Karlsson Hanne


Karlsson Hanne

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions
  • Date will be announced later - Essays

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