General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

To support the student to purposefully,
responsibly and successfully be able to study
at Arcada and get a foundation for his/hers
career building.

Following generic competences are emphasized in
the course:

  • Learning competence
  • Digital literacy
  • Global competence
  • Ethical competence
  • Communicative and social competence

Learning outcomes

Learning competence

  • To have a realistic understanding of the own
    higher education learning and the importance of
    lifelong learning
  • To know about different tools, methods and
    study activities that supports a target-
    oriented learning
  • To understand the importance of collaboration
    for better learning
  • To be familiar with your studies and reflect
    upon the objectives of your studies
  • To be familiar with your profession and get
    an insight in the knowledge, skills and
    attitudes needed in your professional life.

Digital literacy

  • To understand the importance of developing
    your digital competence and information
  • To get the skills to independently solve
    issues concerning digital information,
    communication and content creation
  • To master the most basic digital tools and
    function so that you can be able to study,
    communicate and create digital content

Global competence

  • To be open minded and see the strength of
    cultural diversity

Ethical competence

  • To integrate ethical principles of good
    scientific practice in the studies at Arcada

Communicative and social competence

  • To be able to share insights with others and
    argue for their opinions
  • To use the writing guide in written work

Course contents

Part 1 (2 ECTS) Learning competences
Part 2 (2 ECTS) Digital literacies (online
course in itslearning)
Part 3 (1 ECTS) Department/Education specific

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names


Recommended or required reading

I itslearning

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 5 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Small-group work - 5 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-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams


  • Gebrehiwot Silas
  • Levälahti Filip
  • Mustasilta Elina
  • Skön Kim


Andersson Mirja

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations

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