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Student’s Digital Skills is a compulsory course for all undergraduate students pursuing a first-cycle degree at the University of Helsinki. The University provides students with numerous digital services and tools necessary for studies. With this in mind, the course content includes information about navigating within the University’s digital learning environments, which is especially useful in the initial stage of studies.

These instructions provide the links and material needed for the completion of the course. If you have any questions concerning the course, please contact us by email at digiskills@helsinki.fi

Course completion instructions in a nutshell are available at the end of these instructions in the section “Completing the course”. Material for the course is available on these platforms:

  • Moodle – Course completion instructions, entry level tests and completion of a final exam
  • WebOodi – Registration for the examination period. NB! Remember to register in Moodle before taking a final exam!
  • Student’s Digital Skills learning material website – This is where you will find course material for independent study.

Completion of the course

Student’s Digital Skills course is completed through self-access studies and online exams. You can complete the course entirely independently on your own computer whenever you wish. The course is most beneficial when completed at the beginning of the studies.

The course completion has been divided into two parts:

  • Student’s Digital Skills: Orientation (2 cr)
  • Student’s Digital Skills: Advanced Skills (1 cr)

It is recommended that the orientation part of the course be completed during the first or, at the latest, the second period of the first academic year. The course is available to all students, but if you are pursuing a first-cycle degree, it is a compulsory component of your general studies.

Completion instructions in a nutshell

(More detailed instructions are available in their entirety on Moodle, see point 1 in the list below.)

Note! If you have previously completed any of the orientation courses DIGI-000A, DIGI-100A, DIGI-200A, DIGI-300A, DIGI-400A or AYDIGI-500A, please, see below section “DIGI-B Student’s Digital Skills: Advanced Skills”.

  1. Find on Moodle the DIGI-A Student’s Digital Skills: Orientation course and log in to the course platform. The course platform is available July 1, 2020.
  2. Review the learning material available in Moodle and take the entry level tests. You may take the entry level tests as many times as needed to receive the required score.
  3. After you have passed all the entry level tests and studied the learning material well enough to be sufficiently prepared for a final exam, register for the exam in WebOodi. You can find the correct exams in WebOodi by using the code DIGI-A Student’s Digital Skills: Orientation.

    The exam timetable for the academic year 2020-2021 is available in Weboodi by July 1.

    NB! Remember to register in WebOodi before taking the final exam, since the completion of the course will not be registered without it, even if you passed the exam.

  4. If you passed the final exam and you registered for it in advance in WebOodi, the completed course will be registered for you. Next, you can complete the course DIGI-B Student’s Digital Skills: Advanced Skills. However, you will only be able to complete it after the completed orientation stage is registered in WebOodi.
  5. If you did not pass the final exam you can try to pass the exam again for a second time during the same examination period; however, there must be at least a week between the exams. You may also register for the final exam in the next examination period. Further information is available in Moodle.

DIGI-B Student’s Digital Skills: Advanced Skills (1 cr)

  1. If you have previously completed any of the orientation courses DIGI-A, DIGI-000A, DIGI-100A, DIGI-200A, DIGI400A or AYDIGI-500A you may take the course “DIGI-B Student’s Digital Skills: Advanced Skills” without taking the course DIGI-A first.
  2. The following section lists the degree programmes where the advanced skills course is substituted by a course from the degree programme in question. The advanced skills course of other degree programmes can be found in Moodle with the code DIGI-B Student’s Digital Skills: Advanced Skills.
  3. Completion of this course is similar to the completion of the orientation part of the course: First, you have to pass the entry level test and then the final exam. Remember to register for the final exam in WebOodi before completing it in Moodle.

    The course platform and the examination timetable for the academic year 2020-2021 will be available July 1, 2020.

Do you need special support in studying for the course?

Contact teaching for the course is organised as an Open University course each term. This course is recommended especially to students whose starting level in information and communication technology is low and who need special support in studying for the Student’s Digital Skills course.

More information is available in WebOodi with the code AYDIGI-500A Open uni: Student's Digital Skills: Orientation.

OBS! Undervisning på finska. NB! Teaching in Finnish

The degree programme -specific codes for the advanced skills course

The content of the Student’s Digital Skills course varies somewhat between degree programmes,

The following degree programmes offer their own course in place of DIGI–B Student’s Digital Skills: Advanced Skills (1 cr)

Degree programmes in Kumpula

  • Bachelor's Programme in Mathematical Sciences: TKT500031 Computing Tools for CS Studies or MAT20016 Latex Course
  • Bachelor's Programme in Physical Sciences: MAT20016 Latex Course
  • Bachelor's Programme in Chemistry: KEK405 Chemist’s Digital Skills
  • Bachelor's Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry: MFK-418 Subject Teacher’s Digital Tools I
  • Bachelor's Programme in Computer Science: TKT500031 Computing Tools for CS Studies

Degree programmes in Meilahti

  • Medicine and dentistry: DIGI-300M Student's Digital Skills: Advanced Skills – Medicine (Meilahti), 1 cr
  • All other degree programmes: DIGI-B Student’s Digital Skills: Advanced Skills (1cr)

Course substitution

The substitution of the Student’s Digital Skills course or parts thereof is possible only with equivalent studies completed at the University of Helsinki or the Open University (for example, the ICT Driving Licence). However, the completed credits to be used for substitution may not be more than ten years old, if you are studying in a degree programme launched in 2017 or later. Further information is available by email at digitaidot@helsinki.fi.