Credits: 1

Schedule: 10.09.2018 - 14.09.2018

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

Planning officer Tiina Kotti:
Teacher in charge, Head of the Doctoral Programme Ossi Naukkarinen:
Teacher for the session on Reading strategies and managing literature by Language Centre, Signe-Anita Lindgren:

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The doctoral candidate
- has knowledge of the content of doctoral studies and forms of dissertation
- is introduced to research work and to concepts of presenting your research
- can identify the basic tools of a researcher, basic methodologies and forms of research in the research fields of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture
- can identify ethical issues related to artistic research
- has a personal study plan and a supervision plan

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of an intensive week of seminars, lectures and visitor talks. Possible topics introduced: research ethics, methodologies overview, research skills, forms of dissertation, research areas in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, career issues, artistic research etc.
Participants are expected to present their research idea and participate in the discussions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Active participation, 80% presence required, 1 ECTS
Personal study plan, supervision plan and research abstract, 1 ECTS

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

Compulsory content of the course for all new doctoral candidates at Aalto ARTS: Personal study plan, supervision plan and research abstract, 1 ECTS - can be submitted online.

In order to get the other 1 ECTS, you will need to actively participate to the Introduction week (min. 80% attendance). However, even if you could only attend some days, you are very welcome to do so, without the 1 ECTS.

For both 1 and 2 ECTS versions, please sign-up to the course in WebOodi.

The course is assessed pass / fail.

Deadlines for the course tasks:

- Pre-questionnaire, 2 Sep
- Research plan, 2 Sep
- Personal Study Plan, 15 Nov

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

1 ECTS = 27h, 2 ECTS = 52h
lectures and discussion (intesive week), independent work, presentation

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

Lectures: 26h (+5h optional)
Independent work: 27h

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Minimum number of participants: 8

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Mon 10 September, 9:15-15(16)


  • Coffee and sandwiches
  • From admission to dissertation
  • Supervision of dissertation

12:00-13:00 LUNCH BREAK


  • Research fields and departments at Aalto ARTS
  • Coffee
  • Presenting your research idea


  • Optional: Väre tour, getting to know the new building and studio spaces

Tue 11 September, 13:15-17


  • Forms of dissertation & publishing
  • Funding and Data management

15:00-15:15 BREAK


Wed 12 September, 9:15-15(17)


  • Overview of WebOodi, Turnitin, ACRIS (bring your own laptop)


  • Reading strategies and managing literature

12:00-13:15 LUNCH BREAK


  • Methodologies session

15:00-15:15 BREAK / transfer to U256 in Otakaari 1

15:15-17:00 NOTE: in U256 in Otakaari 1

  • Optional: Services of the Aalto University Library and how to use them, part 1, 15-17 (+ Wed 19 Sep 9:15-11)

Thu 13 September, 13:15-17

  • Doing research -course opening (obligatory part of the course MUO-L0004)

Fri 14 September, 9:15-15


  • Status of doctoral students and career support

10:00-10:15 BREAK


  • Research ethics panel

12:00-13:15 LUNCH BREAK


  • After doctoral studies?
  • Ending the Intro Week

Wed 19 September, 9:15-11 (Optional) in U256, Otakaari 1

  • Optional: Services of the Aalto University Library and how to use them, part 2


Registration and further information