General studies

Teaching language


Type 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 today
At the end of the course students are expected to:
- know how to use the Arcada information channels
- be acquainted to his/hers studying plan,
profession and reflect over what the goals of the
studies are
- know different tools, methods and studying forms
that support outcome oriented learning
- understand what autonomous learning means for
the individual learning process and for the
studying results
- be acquainted with the ethical principles
- identify his/hers qualifications in languages
- be aware of the opportunities to develop
language competence

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

Group tutorials with tutoring teacher
Orientation in studies with Study Counselor
Language support and mapping of language
Contents and goal with studies

Part 2 (3 ECTS) ICT Driving License

The ICT leveling test is recommended to be made in
good time. The leveling test serves as a
prognostic test and support for the ICT Driving
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


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: The ICT Driving License starts with compulsory level tests during week 35. The level tests serve as prognostic tests. After the tests you will follow an individual study path 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
  • Small-group work - 10 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-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Part 1 (2 ECTS) University studies of today
Active participation in lessons and tutorials, the
participation is shown in a learning diary.

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.


  • Levälahti Filip
  • Ståhl Tore
  • Tigerstedt Christa


Tigerstedt Christa

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Hösten (period 1 och 2)

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • 2012-08-20 - Reports and productions

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