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

Digital literacy

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

Ethical competence

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

Communicative and social competence

- To be able to share insights with others and
argue for their opinions
- To use the writing guide in written work

Course contents

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

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Recommended or required reading

Writing Guide

Study Guide

Learning material on itslearning and

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Small-group work - 10 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 12 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 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-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


  • Hagström Sarah
  • Levälahti Filip
  • Mannevaara Pauleen
  • Taskinen Topi
  • Vaappo Marko
  • Åvall Ann-Kristin


Vaappo Marko

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • 2016-09-30 - Reports and productions

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