The course takes place in period

  • 1 (2019-08-01 to 2019-10-27)
  • 2 (2019-10-28 to 2019-12-31)


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 competence - 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) 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 Multicultural studies Part 2 (3 ECTS) Digital literacies (online course in itslearning) 1. Digital literacies 2. Content creation 3. Information literacy 4. Communication and collaboration

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 corresponding 5 cr. There are separate course areas for the course parts on itslearning. Part 2: Digital literacies is an online course. Every week new tasks will appear. We also offer dropin if needed. More information in itslearning.

Recommended or required reading

Part 1 (2 ECTS) University studies of today Writing Guide Study Guide Scientific Writing Part 2 (3 ECTS) Digital literacies and itslearning

Study activities

  • Lectures - 0 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 0 hours
  • Small-group work - 0 hours
  • Individual studies - 0 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 0 hours
  • Seminars - 0 hours


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

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

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

Assessment requirements

Part 1 (2 ECTS) University studies of today Active participation in lessons, seminars (International week) and tutorials. Participation is shown in a learning diary handed in by each student. Part 2 (3 ECTS) Digital literacies Pass all mandatory tasks in itslearning


  • Gray Pamela
  • Levälahti Filip
  • Ray Jan-Anders
  • Åkermarck Erica


Gray Pamela

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Group size

No limit (19 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Course enrolment period

2019-08-12 to 2019-09-08

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions
Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2019-09-02 10:45 - 11:30 E385 Introduction to university studies Learning competencies (survey in computer class) Ståhl Tore
2019-09-03 13:00 - 16:00 B326 Introduction to University Studies Gray Pamela
Ray Jan-Anders
2019-09-05 09:00 - 12:00 D4110 Introduction to University Studies Gray Pamela
2019-09-10 13:00 - 14:30 B325 Introduction to University Studies Mandatory. Information about the Academic year and about the vaccinations for practical training Åkermarck Erica
2019-10-09 12:00 - 13:30 B323 Introduction to University Studies Jobiili Mannevaara Pauleen
Stenbäck Pernilla

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