General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level 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

At the end of the course students are expected to:
- know how to use the Arcada information channels
- be aware of basic operating principles of their study environment
- be aware of their future professional prospects
- be aware of possibilities to learn FI-SWE languages during their studies
- be aware of exchange possibilities within their studies
- be aware of pitfalls of the study path and ways to deal with them
- be familiar with basics requirements of scientific writing
- be familiar with SI units and master basic measurement techniques
- be aware of hazards in the laboratories
- be aware of methods to decrease risk, when dealing with hazards

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 External link-
korkort/english/ -> Objectives

Course contents

Part 1 (2 ECTS) University studies of today

1. Intro
2. Engineering Literacy (SI units, measuring techniques, workshop on scientific writing)
3. Safety and Organization in the Labs (hazards in the labs, first aid and fire fighting, Good Laboratory Practices, waste handling)
4. Essentials of studies (studying survival kit, language studies, future prospects, exchange possibilities)

Part 2 (3 ECTS) ICT Driving License

The content of the course applies the
corresponding content at The University of
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


Previous course names


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.

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/ External link

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 20 hours
  • Small-group work - 10 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 33 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)
Engineering literacy - in-class assessment
Safety and organization - exam
Essentials - in-class assessment

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.


  • Kimberley Nigel
  • Levälahti Filip
  • Poliakova Valeria


Andersson Mirja

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course


Assessment methods

  • 2014-10-21 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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