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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 develope in your in your career
During the course we emphasize the following specific skills:
*Learning competence
*Digital competence
*Information competence
*Communication competence

Learning outcomes

Learning competence:
*You create a realisitc 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 slef-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 concering 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 offers

Digital competence:
*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 your studies

Information literacy:
*You will be accquainted with Arcada's library and learn the basics of
information retrieval to independently search for reliable scientific
information and literature for your studies, e.g. course books and
scientific articles in the field of study
*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 competence:
*You are introduced to scientific writing
*You are introduced to Arcada's Writing guide

Course contents

Learning competence:
Time management and planning
*Procrastrination, avoidance and motivation
*Stress management
*Study technic
*Career management and planning
*Suooprt and service provided in Arcada

Digital competence:
Introduction to digital competence
Digital content creation
*Collaboration and co-operation

Information competence:
*Information retrieval
*How to search information
*Library databases (Arcada Finna and Libguides)
*Evaluation of information

Communication competence:
Scientific writing
Writing guide

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names


Additional information

The part Digital literacy is an online course. The
content can be found in itslearning. We offer
dropin if needed.

Recommended or required reading

Course contents such as articles and movies
Kopiraittila Academy
Arcada's webpages

Study activities

  • Lectures - 22 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 53 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

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

Assessment requirements

Tests and assignments
Reflection tasks and diary


  • Hagström Sarah
  • Levälahti Filip
  • Löv Monica
  • Silin Richard
  • Åvall Ann-Kristin


Öhman Elisabeth

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Se - see ASTA/ARBS

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

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