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UOC Competences


UOC competences are the transversal competences which are included in all of the University’s qualifications, and they constitute a differential element to all UOC graduates.

The differential aspect of the competences inherent to the UOC is linked and coherent with the same nature of the institution and the singularity of the aspects that characterise it: the distinctive profile of the students (an adult student with family and work responsibilities) and the specifications of the methodological model, in a distance-learning, Catalan university which is open to the world and makes intensive use of ICT.

The competences that the UOC defines as inherent are specified in the following points.

Use and application of ICT in the academic and professional environment

This competence involves the rational and critical use of ICT to work and study in an information society, favouring a work methodology using the net. It includes a group of competences that the student will have to acquire and study in increasing detail during the degree.


  • Searching for and locating information on the net
  • Processing and reworking digital information
  • Presenting and disseminating digital information
  • Acquiring communication strategies on the net
  • Mastering basic digital technology functions
  • Planning and managing a virtual project
  • Acquiring a civic digital attitude
  • Acquiring net-based teamwork skills

Communication in a Foreign Language

Communicative competence in a foreign language is essential in a global and multicultural environment for both human relations and for international competitiveness in information, innovation and knowledge. In the UOC programmes, this competence is specified in the following skills:


  • Understanding a foreign language in its written and oral expression, in relation to regular situations of daily life
  • Writing in a foreign language in a simple and coherent manner about topics of personal interest.
  • Describing experiences and events in a foreign language, and giving short reasons and explanations for plans and opinions.
  • Reading and understanding academic, professional and general texts in a foreign language, without needing to use a dictionary or grammar book continuously.
  • Writing short texts in a foreign language, such as electronic mail messages, notes, short compositions, without needing to use a dictionary or grammar book continuously.
  • Understand a foreign language when speaking in different situations.
  • Having a conversation in a foreign language with appropriate precision and spontaneity to guarantee a flow of communication, particularly in terms of academic and professional matters.

Enterprising Initiative

Enterprising initiative is the capacity to identify and make the most of an opportunity, engaging the necessary resources and undertaking the risk involved in order to carry out a viable and sustainable project for oneself or for an organisation.

This competence is achieved in the UOC programmes at different levels.


  • Sensitisation regarding enterprising initiative and spirit in all work environments.
  • Knowledge of the elements involved in a business plan and use of the tools necessary to be able to develop it successfully.
  • Development of a company plan for a new organisation (profit of non-profit) or for a new activity of an existing company.

Written Expression

Written expression is an integrated competence par excellence, as it combines the main cognitive processes that intervene in an academic and professional context from information management to discussion in one group of activities. We understand writing to be a process, not only a product. Therefore, we do not limit the development of this competence to grammar correction and the formal aspects and presentation. We also consider the situation in which students bring their creativity into play in an orchestrated fashion, their skills to search for and manage information, their critical and analytical thinking, their discursive skills and understanding of the academic content, without forgetting their organisation and time-management skills.

Written expression for the academic and professional world combines a series of skills:


  • Using writing in an exploratory way to understand problems and topics, and to form questions and hypotheses.
  • Using the discipline’s language, terminology and expression styles correctly.
  • Using writing as a means to reflect on one’s own learning process in various formats (portfolios, electronic mails, journals, etc. and making use of several tools (wikis, blogs, etc.)
  • Understanding and recognising the different phases of the writing process, and making productive and creative use of these phases.
  • Revising one’s own texts to improve the expression, and understanding the importance of revision and rewriting in an academic context.
  • Integrating quotations from texts different to the actual discussion, recording the bibliographical sources used, and making correct use of the bibliographical conventions established.
  • Discussing complex ideas in writing in a clear, coherent and persuasive way, considering the target reader (specialist or non-specialist).
  • Producing texts that correspond to the discipline’s main genre and structuring them to suit the conventions of each genre and the purpose of the text.
  • Producing texts that are orthographically and grammatically correct using a register that corresponds to situation and the purpose.

In the UOC; this competence is achieved through a triple strategy that each degree adopts, fully or partially, in accordance with its needs: (1) subjects where the content and written expression are integrally worked; (2) instrumental writing subjects oriented to each discipline; (3) incorporation of activities to various subjects.