Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.
The objective is to combine student's analytical skills and knowledge of management and financial accounting with his/her understanding of economics, strategic management, finance and information systems. Students must be able to execute real life projects providing value added to case companies or other institutions. Final report to be presented to the company management must also include conclusions and recommendations. Course develops advanced communication and presentation skills.
Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 26.04.2019
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jari Huikku, Mirel Leino, Jukka Sihvonen
Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jari Melgin
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
CEFR level (applies in this implementation):
Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):
Teaching language: English
Languages of study attainment: English
CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD
The course will be completed as an assignment to a case company. The assignment will be tailored by each case. There are 8-10 cases by course which will be allocated to teams considering their preferences. Previous assignments have included eg. following subjects:
- Strategic competitor analysis (several works)
- Artificial intelligence and Robotic Process Automatization
- Shared service centers
- Internal audit and board work
- Benchmarking and developing CSR reporting
- Long-term liquidity planning
Masters' level capstone course is an evolving concept, and the contents may be further specified during the course.
Applies in this implementation:
PLEASE NOTE OF THE TIMETABLE AS FOLLOWS:
Each project team will have a kick-off session (1-2 hours) with our partners within the first two weeks of the course. Although teams can arrange their internal work as suitable, most of the projects require also in-site work at case partner offices.
Cases will be allocated to teams, considering team preferences as far as possible. We have currently agreed 9 cases for the Spring 2019 course, several being repeat customers from previous courses.
Past teams have given the feedback that you should be prepared to the fact that case workload can be heavy and time consuming. However, the cases are also interesting and rewarding, and they provide you with an unique possibility to work with and present your ideas to senior management of our case companies.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
The course will be completed as a 3-5 person group assignment to a case company. During the course each team will present two interim reports. In addition, teams will have at least two individual coaching sessions with the instructor(s) during the course. The apex of the course is the final report to be presented to the management of the case company.
Course assessment will be based on reports and presentations. Individual contribution can be considered in the assessment.
- Classroom hours, team sessions and presentation of interim report(s), 20 h
- Group work, 80 h
- Preparation and presentation of final report, 60 h
Material distributed by the lecturers.
It is preferable to take the course on the fifth year. Bachelors degree must be completed prior to the course.
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals
4 Quality Education
5 Gender Equality
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
17 Partnerships for the Goals