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<a href="/en/curricula/903000/2020-2021/404">Nursing 2013 - General studies</a>


General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to

  • equip students with the academic writing skills needed to succeed in writing the thesis.
  • further develop both written and spoken professional communication skills.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to:

  • be able to understand, interpret and explain both terminology and content related to the field without major difficulty.


  • to display an ability to understand also complex spoken language on matters regularly encountered at work.


  • be able to participate confidently in customer service interactions in English.
  • to have enhanced the ability to participate in social communication in a professional setting.
  • to have enhanced the ability to participate in discussions also on more complex topics.
  • be able to prepare and deliver a presentation of professional interest with effective use of IT tools, e.g. PowerPoint.


  • to demonstrate the ability to produce effective key professional documents, including reports, work applications & CVs.
  • be able to correctly structure a written academic report and apply the principles of academic writing.
  • be able to write in stylistically appropriate and grammatically correct English.
  • be able to incorporate source material and cite sources in the text correctly with a corresponding List of References.
  • be able to apply Arcada's guidelines provided in the Thesis Guide to produce a technically well-presented and structured written project (thesis).

Course contents

Social contacts, discussions, your place of work, work ethics, presentations, writing techniques (language and style), citing sources and listing references, current articles related to nursing

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Skill level B1 (Common European Framework)

Additional information

Due dates are firm!
Attendance compulsory.

Recommended or required reading

Material provided by the lecturer.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 5 hours
  • Practical exercises - 5 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 25 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 15 hours
  • - 15 hours


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

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Sufficient attendance in classes.
  2. Write a report using the correct structure.
  3. Produce a well-structured paper.
  4. Hold a presentation.
  5. Produce a work application & CV suitable to the field.
  6. Pass a reading comprehension test.
    Further smaller written assignments may be included as needed.

The examinations contribute to the final grade as follows:
Written assignments according to extent of assignment up to 25% each.
Reading comprehension up to 20%.
At least one oral presentation must be held in order to pass the course.
Attendance up to 20% and is graded accordingly:
59-62% 1
63-67% 1,5
68-72% 2
73-77% 2,5
78-81% 3
82-86% 3,5
87-91% 4
92-96% 4,5
97-100% 5


Ray Jan-Anders


Ray Jan-Anders

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2014-05-31

Assessment methods

  • 2015-05-15 - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2015-05-15 - Reports and productions

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