Extent: 5-ECTS (135 h)
Timing: Year-2 | Period 5, 1 & 2
Level: Professional studies
No prerequisites, however this block is open to RB2X students only
The block addresses the following topics:
› Selection of specialisation
› Planning stage-3 (year-3)
› Developing thesis idea
› Presention EXWEL-Portfolio
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 and small group discussions. Various forms of directed learning are used, in the courses (study-units and subjects) 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 Portfolio. 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:
› 40% Portfolio presentation
› 20% Field trip plan
› 20% Field trip report
› 10% Stage-3 (year-3) planning report
› 10% Thesis idea report
Grading on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 = min. 40%-pts, 5 = min. 90%-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 completed at other educational institutes and/or work experience are not accredited as such towards the HAAGA-HELIA studies directly, but the required competences can be demonstrated by a 'skill test', individually agreed with the facilitator.
Dr. Mário Passos A.; Mr. Kristian Sievers; Ms Mia Tarhanen; and Mr. Jesus Belle