Credits: 3

Schedule: 11.09.2015 - 23.10.2015

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Hanna Liisa Hakala

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

- reflect on the contents of the lectures and group work and utilize these on their own thesis work

- to create a mind/concept map of the thesis topic

- search for information for thesis writing purposes

- write a research plan, a tentative table of contents and either an abstract or an intro

- analyze previous Master’s theses for their structure, layout, research questions & aims, and references

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The main goal of this course is to help students get started with planning and materializing their Master’s thesis project. Students learn about managing the different phases of the thesis writing process, such as defining the thesis topic and aims, searching for sources, managing references, utilizing productive working methods and getting started with writing scientific texts. The course provides an opportunity for students to work with peers as well as get support from others (possibly thesis supervisors, study psychologists, information specialists and English teachers).

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Submission of the required learning tasks

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

3 ECTS (81 h) = 12 - 18 h contact teaching + 63 - 69 h of independent work

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is recommended for students who are about to begin their Master's thesis.