General studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

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 outcome

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
? 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
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 competencies
? You are introduced to scientific writing
? You are introduced to Arcada?s writing

Course contents

Digital literacies (online course in
1. Digital literacies
2. Content creation
3. Information literacy
4. Communication and collaboration

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Additional information

Digital competence is an on-line course. Drop in is

Recommended or required reading

* course contents such as articles and movies
* Support.office.com
* Kopiraittila Academy
* Arcada´s webpages

Study activities

  • Lectures - 16 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 12 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 27 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

Assessment requirements

University studies of today
Active participation in lessons and tutorials,
participation is shown in a learning diary.


  • Eklund Kaj
  • Hagström Sarah
  • Kokko Anne
  • Levälahti Filip


Kokko Anne

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course


Assessment methods

2019-10-27 - Reports and productions

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