Extent: 5-ECTS (135 h)
Timing: Period 4, 5, 1 & 2
Level: Basic studies
No prerequisites, however this block is open to RB1X students only
EXWEL studies begin with a 2-3 day orientation period, which is provided on the week before classes begin. Orientation will then continue throughout the first period. The Orientation course is the same for all degree programmes, and it is absolutely essential that students participate in order to ensure a good start for their studies!
› Become familiar with HAAGA-HELIA, other first-year students and own group
› Get acquainted with own group’s academic advisor and student tutors
› First period timetables and general information relating to studies
› Complete entry-level exams for some courses
› Get library card, student card, IT user name and password, and lunch discount card
› Learn about extra-curricular activities from student organisation representatives
› Start own professional growth on the path to becoming an expert in your own field
Block study-units and subjects
Su1: Orientation; and Su2: Personal Development
Cooperation with the business community and other organisations
Students will take part in learning activities about selected local partner organisations or local community members.
In this study-block taught in English it is ensured that the learning activities include a global/ international perspective. The Facilitators infuse international elements into the learning content and international resources are used in the courses readings. The facilitators also use instructional methods appropriate to a culturally diverse student population. International guest speakers are always sought.
Learning and teaching methods
In this study-block three main learning methods are used: (1) classroom learning; (2) directed learning; and (3) self-directed learning. A proportion of the hours provide the opportunity for teaching contact between students and experts (facilitators and industry partners). Classroom learning takes the following forms: interactive lectures, tutorials, seminares and small group discussions. Various forms of directed learning are used, in the courses (study-units) such as individual and group assignments. Self-directed learning is also an important part of the courses of this study-block, and students are encouraged to develop the ability to learn on their own and thus take more responsibility for setting the objectives of their learning. Students should put emphasis on text review and vigorous reflection and debate. This is particularly important to explore and develop ideas from specific texts and evaluate issues related to Personal Development. Reading texts support the learning activities. In short: 35 hours of classroom learning + 99 hours of directed and self-directed learning. The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h.
Course assessment and grading
In this block students’ learning is assessed as follows:
› 100% assignments and exams
Grading on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 = min. 40%-pts, 5 = min. 85%-pts
The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.
Handouts and essential reading list posted in Moodle
Course Management System (CMS)
The Course Management System used in this course is MOODLE
Feedback and Development
The facilitators will provide students with feedback, and students will be asked to complete an anonymous feedback form at the end of each course. The courses will be improved based on student feedback.
Recognition of Prior Learning, RPL (in Finnish AHOT)
Studies (in form of courses or parts of courses) completed at other educational institutes and/or work experience are not accredited as such in this course directly, but the required competences can be demonstrated by a ‘skill test’, individually agreed with the facilitator.
Dr. Mário Passos A.; Dr. Johanna Rajakangas-Tolsa; and Mr. Jesus Belle