Active Start (ILV)


Course lecturer:

 Janet Brown , MA MA


FH-Prof. Dr. phil.

 Colin Heller , M.A.


 Eithne Knappitsch



Course numberB4.06360.10.011
Course codeAcSta
Semester of degree program Semester 1
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits1,0
Language of instruction English

On successful completion of the course, students:

  • Can identify the main challenges of studying and proactively develop action strategies to successfully overcome them.
  • Can orient themselves well in the university setting and they can reflect on their new role as a student.

The course will cover the following topics/content:

  • Welcome and introduction of the students to the study program
  • Presentation of the language program at the FH Kärnten
  • Presentation of the study programs and branches
  • Meet the Peer (practical reports from former graduates)
  • Expectations, values & mission statement of the study area
  • Presentation of the social activities at the FH Kärnten

Doyle, T/ Zakrajsek, T/ Loeb, J.H. (2013): The New Science of Learning: How Brain Research Is Revolutionizing the Way We Learn. Virginia: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
Eagleman, D. (2017): The Brain. The Story of You. New York: Vintage.
Study Skills and Training, University of Oxford
The Yes Theory podcast by Headspace
Further reading and resources will be provided by instructors.
For English:
Authentic materials will be put together by the lecturer and made available and adapted to student needs.
Recommended reading and reference works:
Business Spotlight Magazine
Harvard Business Review
TED Talks
Presentation Guru
Emmerson, P. (2009) Business Vocabulary Builder, Macmillan
Emmerson, P. (2010) Business Grammar Builder - Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate, Macmillan
Bailey, S. (2010). Academic Writing for International Students of Business
Murphy, R. (2012) English Grammar in Use with Answers: A Self-study Reference and Practice Book for Intermediate Students of English, (4/e), CUP
Hughes, J. (2008). Success with BEC: The new Business English Certificates course. Vantage [B2], Student's book (1. publ. ed.).

Moderated group work, lecture, discussion, individual exercises

Cumulative module examination
The module grade is calculated weighted by the ECTS credits of the individual courses (ILV - integrated lecture) of the module and results as follows:
ILV "Active Start" - 1 ECTS
Assessment type: Continuous assessment
Assessment method/s: Portfolio, comprising a presentation and 3 written reflection papers or related exercises relative to modules components (courses) based on content covered and active participation. These will be awarded a participation grade if completed successfully.