Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.09.2017 - 31.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Heidi Paavilainen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I - V, and summer

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Main learning outcomes are: integration of new learning with previous knowledge, interests and extra curriculum activities; development of personal competence profile. By doing the personal project, the student creates a contact network within the school, university and externally that supports her development as a design professional. Independent and integrative project challenges the student to take responsibility of her learning and to manage long-term personal competence development. She gets prepared for starting her master’s thesis on a personally motivating, socially and professionally relevant topic.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Personal Project is completed in two parts: 1) MUO-E0006 Personal Project/Project, and 2) MUO-E0007 Personal Project/Seminar. In the phase 1 each student selects a project of her interest, which she develops during the first year of MA studies.

The project can be a reflection on the theoretical and conceptual challenge of design, research conducted together with the research teams of the department or externally, an internship in industry, consultancies or other organisations, or it can be a design competition project or an independent artistic explorative project. Open exploration of personal interests is encouraged, thus, the project can also be an open-ended journey into particular area, question or problem.

Personal project starts on Thursday 7.9.2017 with Personal Project 2016-17 conference, where previous course ends with presentations of about 100 personal projects. First year MA students are expected to participate in the conference and join the discussion. Kick-off day for the Personal Project 2017-18 is on Friday 8.9.2017. In the kick-off day students are introduced to the course, to the 2017-2018 tutors, and advised about working methods.

After the kick-off day, the following schedule for Personal Project and Seminar is recommended: Agreeing about project’s tutor by the end of October; Project plan by the end of November; First draft/abstract of the paper by the end of March; Final Paper and Presentation by the end of August. The programme is peppered with  individual and/or group meetings with tutor. Course ends with Personal Project 2017-18 conference.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Passing the course requires 80% attendance, including conferences, kick-off day and tutoring meetings and presentable project. Assessment of student’s performance includes the quality of project planning, project management and the outcome. Overall research skills, carefulness, research imagination, active participation and resourcefulness are also taken into consideration.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

162 h

Personal Project 2016-17 conference 7.9.2017 (9.15-17.00): 10 h

Personal Project 2017-18 kick-off day 8.9.2017 (9.15-12.00): 5 h

Meetings with tutor: 10 h

Independent project work: 125 h

Self evaluative project diary: 12 h

 

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Some supporting literature will be announced in the course homepage in the beginning of August.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=MUO-E0005

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

weboodi

 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.

 

Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

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