Credits: 3

Schedule: 20.11.2018 - 02.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Anne Kankaanranta

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

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period IV (2018-2019), Otaniemi campus
Period IV (2019-2010), Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students demonstrate knowledge of
• Anglo-American academic writing conventions in general and the genre requirements of a Master’s thesis in particular

Students demonstrate skills in
• producing coherent, appropriately structured academic discourse
• acknowledging sources following the Anglo-American conventions
• drafting, reviewing and revising the Introduction and Conclusion sections of the Master's thesis

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course focuses on academic discourse that forms a coherent whole with consistent and explicit internal linkages, has a logical flow of argumentation with neat headings and clearly structured paragraphs and sections.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100% Assignments

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






Learning log (about 5 pages)


16 April


Your thesis introduction


2nd class (Final 16 April)


Your evaluation of another student’s introduction


Fix with your partner

(Final 16 April)


Your thesis extract (e.g. from lit review, findings, etc.; max. 5 pages)


Fix with your partner

(Final 16 April)


Your evaluation of another student’s extract


Fix with your partner

(Final 16 April)

The deadline for all the assignments is 16 April. As you will be working with a fellow student in giving and getting feedback, it is up to you to decide on those deadlines. The idea is that you can revise your Introduction and Thesis extract before you submit the final version on 16 April. Master's Thesis Rubric is used in evaluation.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 12h
Independent work 68h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Indicated or provided by the teacher

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces course 75E23000 Writing Thesis Workshop

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

No prerequisites. However, ideally the student is in the process of writing the Master's thesis at the time of taking the course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

via WebOodi

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Priority for 1. MIB/CS/IDBM students, 2. Other BIZ students

The first session mandatory.

Max number of students 50.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

We will meet on three Tuesday afternoons and the topics addressed are as follows:

26 Feb

  • Academic writing issues relevant for MSc thesis
  • Structuring the Introduction chapter
  • Academic style incl. acknowledging sources

19 March

  • Discussing Introductions
  • Textual flow, structure and internal linkages
  • Drafting Literature review & Methodology

2 April

  • Drafting Findings & Conclusion chapters
  • Wrap-up

In addition, students can book a time for an individual feedback session with the



Registration and further information