Credits: 6

Schedule: 27.02.2019 - 15.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Perttu Kähäri
Iiris Saittakari
Pekka Pälli
Marja Luukkonen
Ranajoy Choudhury

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teacher-in-charge:

Iiris Saittakari

E-mail: iiris.saittakari@aalto.fi

Office:
Y-208, School of Business, Ekonominaukio 1, Espoo (starting February 18)

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Periods I-II Töölö campus, periods IV-V Otaniemi campus (2018-2019)
Periods I-II, IV-V (2019-2020), Otaniemi campus
a 10-week course organised both in the spring and in the fall

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course, students will be able to

  • identify, analyse and solve real-life business problems from a multi-disciplinary viewpoint
  • apply the knowledge and skills gained during their studies to real-life business tasks and challenges
  • manage complex projects and work in diverse teams
  • present a case report both orally and in writing
  • critically reflect on their learning process and outcomes

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of an applied, real-life problem-based project/case that students identify, analyze and solve in multi-disciplinary teams. It also focuses on developing the students’ self-awareness of the key learnings during their studies in the Master’s Program.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

In the course,
there are two compulsory three-hour seminars, one at the beginning and one at
the end of the course, and an extensive team project in-between. After the
opening seminar, student teams select three cases that best seem to fit their
particular expertise, and they also justify their selections. Finally, the
teacher-in charge and faculty facilitators confirm the matching of teams/companies.
The cases have been invited before the course starts.

Then, students
work in teams of 3-6 on the assigned case. In close collaboration with the case
companies, the teams have to provide a well-designed and effectively
communicated solution for the identified core problem. During the first week,
the team will have its own kick-off meeting, choose the roles for the team
members (e.g. chair, contact person for the company, contact for faculty etc.),
and agree on the first meeting with the case company. In that meeting,
the final project scope will be identified and tasks defined. After
that, the teams work independently on the case and meet with the case company
as agreed. In one of the meetings (about half way through the course), the
team’s faculty facilitator will also be present to give feedback.

The course ends
with a closing seminar, in which each student team presents the case, its core
challenges and main solutions. A few days before the final seminar, each team
will participate in a compulsory presentation rehearsal session, where
they get guidance for their draft version of the final presentation.

In order to complete the
course, students also submit a written team report and an individual,
reflective student portfolio by the given deadline

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100 % assignments (group and individual)

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The assignments are divided into
three parts as follows:

1. Written team case report                  50%

          a. Progress report 1

          b. Progress report 2

          c. Final report

2. Oral team case presentation            30%

3. Individual student portfolio   20%

All
assignments must be completed to pass the course. Late assignments are not
accepted.


All
the assignments are assessed on a 0-5 scale based on the following rubrics that
will be available in the course workspace in MyCourses:

  • The written team case report is assessed based on
    the Business writing and Capstone rubrics

  • The oral team case report is assessed based on the
    Business presentations rubric

  • The individual student portfolio is assessed based
    on the Business writing and Capstone rubrics


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching :10-15 h (incl. closing seminar with presentations)
Independent work in teams and individually:145 - 150 h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Project work in teams

130 h

Classroom hours

6 h

Individual work

 

21 h

 

Team
meeting with facilitator and case company

2 h

Presentation
coaching session

1 h

Total

160 h (6 cr)


Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

With their team, students are expected to identify
and use readings from several different sources such

as textbooks, articles, newspapers, magazines, and
the Internet.


Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students can replace this capstone course by participating in Hackathon course: 57E00700 Capstone: Digital ISM Challenge.

CEMS MIM students can replace this capstone with 42E05400 CEMS Business Project.

Capstone 20E99904 subsitutes the old courses 21E99904 Capstone: Business Development Project (Management and International Business), 25E99904 Capstone: Business Development Project (Entrepreneurship), 32E99904 Capstone: Business Development Project (Business Law), 75E99904 Capstone: Business Development Project (Corporate Communication)

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=20E99904

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Most Master’s Programme studies have to be completed before one can enroll on the Capstone course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 (fail) -5 (excellent)

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

via WebOodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Compulsory attendance in all class sessions and meetings. Most Master’s Programme studies have to be completed before you can enroll on the Capstone course.

The maximum number of students is 50, but only eligible candidates will be admitted even if the maximum number is not reached.

Credit transfer and capstone course

Students can, on legitimate grounds (Eg. exchange studies abroad, serious illness; however, working life and its restraints are not considered legitimate reasons not to complete the capstone course), apply for a credit transfer for a capstone course. However, as a deviation from the common process of credit transfer at the School of Business, the application for credit transfer must be submitted before completing the course represented to substitute the capstone course at the School of Business. The credit transfer should be applied for according to the credit transfer instructions depicted at Into: https://into.aalto.fi/display/enmasterbiz/Credit+transfer. Based on the credit transfer application, the teacher in charge of the capstone course will decide whether the learning goals for the capstone course can be fulfilled by completing the course the student has represented to substitute the capstone course. The substituting course cannot be a School of Business course.

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Only degree students studying
in the Master's Programs of Business Law, Corporate Communication,
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management or Management & International Business
are eligible for the course.  Note that most Master’s Program studies
have to be completed before you can enroll on Capstone.


Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 




  1. February 27 at 15.15 – 18.00: Course starts with an introductory
    session and the presentations of the case companies.

  2. March 1: submit your team’s three most preferred cases (including
    justifications).

  3. March 4:  your team
    will be informed of the assigned case and your Faculty Facilitator.

  4. March 5 – March 14:  Kick-off meeting where you get organized as
    a project team and assign roles for team members.

  5. March 5 – March 14: The first meeting with the case company, where you
    discuss, and identify the main challenges for the project work, and agree how
    you will proceed with your investigation of the problem areas finalized in this
    meeting.

  6. March 20:
    Progress report 1 due.

  7. March 21-April 1: Meeting with your case company and Faculty Facilitator
    to discuss your progress and to get feedback.

  8. April 29:
    Progress report 2 due.

  9. May 8-10:  Presentation coaching sessions.

  10. May 15, 15.00-18.00:
    Closing session. Cases and recommendations are presented orally to case
    companies, Faculty Facilitators and fellow students. Presentation slides due.

  11. May 20: Final report due.

  12. May 22:
    Individual student portfolio due.


Attendance
in all class sessions and meetings is compulsory.



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