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
activities that supports a target-oriented
- To understand the importance of collaboration
better learning
- To be familiar with your studies and reflect
the objectives of your studies
- To be familiar with your profession and get
insight in the knowledge, skills and attitudes
needed in your professional life.

Digital literacy

- To understand the importance of developing
digital competence and information competence
- To get the skills to independently solve
concerning digital information, communication
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

Ethical competence

- To integrate ethical principles of good
practice in the studies at Arcada

Communicative and social competence

- To be able to share insights with others and
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
Contents and goal with studies
Multicultural studies

Part 2 (3 ECTS) Digital literacies (online
course in
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
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

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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