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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of this course is that you
acquire skills and competencies
that will help you to study
purposefully, independently and
successfully at Arcada, and to develop
in your career management.
During the course we emphasize the
following specific skills:
? learning competencies
? digital competencies
? information literacy
? communication competencies

Learning outcomes

Learning competencies
? You create a realistic
understanding of the requirements of
studying at university level
? You learn to use different
approaches and strategies to develop
your learning skills
? You learn how to be self-
directed, i.e. to without external
reminders or control, be able to
organize and maintain motivation for
your studies and to take responsibility
for getting started and following
through matters concerning yourself and
your studies
? You are familiar with the
meaning of lifelong learning in
relation to your career management
? You know what kind of support
and service Arcada has
Digital competencies
? You get an idea of what digital
competence means and the
importance of developing the competence
during your studies
? You develop the ability to
independently solve problems and
challenges you face regarding digital
information, communication and
? You learn how to master the most
basic tools and features for
study, communication and content
creation during yours studies
Information literacy
? You will be acquainted with
Arcada's library and learn the basics
of information retrieval to
independently search for reliable
information and literature for your
studies, e.g. course books and
scientific articles in the field of
? You gain skills in how to
evaluate and use the information you
find, e.g. how to refer to literature
and research in your work without
risking violation or plagiarism.
Communication competencies
? You are introduced to scientific
? You are introduced to Arcada?s
writing guide

Course contents

? Self-directed studying
? Tests and assignments
? Reflection tasks and diary
? Class meetings

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Additional information

The fokus in teh course is on four
different competencies:

- learning competencies (Mia Ekström)
- digital competencies (Filip Levälahti)
- information literacy (Sarah Hagström)
- communication competencies (Magdalena
Sandell & Kaj Eklund)

Recommended or required reading

? Course contents such as articles
and movies
? Support.office.com
? Kopiraittila Academy
? Arcada?s webpages

Study activities

  • Lectures - 12 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 4 hours
  • Small-group work - 12 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 0 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 107 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio
  • Tests and quiz on Its L

Assessment requirements

Pass all mandatory tasks on Its Learning
and a reflection


  • Arola Annikki
  • Ekström Mia
  • Hagström Sarah
  • Levälahti Filip
  • Peri Heidi
  • Sandell Magdalena


Peri Heidi

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2020-12-31

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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