Credits: 3

Schedule: 28.08.2018 - 03.10.2018

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.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): The workshop focuses on Anglo-American academic writing conventions so that the MSc thesis would 1) form a coherent whole with consistent and explicit internal linkages, 2) build on a logical flow of argumentation, 3) have neat headings and a clear structure, and 4) meet the criteria of academic style and readability.

Particular focus is devoted to drafting individual chapters of the thesis including the Introduction and Conclusion.

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): Assessment is based on five assignments. Grading scale 1-5. Master's thesis rubric in use.

All the assignments will be submitted for assessment on the same day (10 Oct). Although you need a draft of your Introduction in class on 19 Sept., it’s only for discussion purposes.






Learning log (about 5 pages)


10 Oct.


Your thesis


draft 19 Sept.
(final 10 Oct.)


Your evaluation
of another student’s introduction


10 Oct.


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


10 Oct.


Your evaluation
of another student’s extract


10 Oct.


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 12h
Independent work 68h

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

Classroom hours 14 h. Class preparation, assignments & feedback session 66 h.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Indicated or provided by the teacher

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

All course material will be available on MyCourses.

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.

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

University Code of Academic Integrity and Handling Thereof>

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

: Tue 28 Aug. at 16-18

•    Introduction to writing issues relevant for MSc thesis
•    Anglo-American academic writing & drafting the Introduction chapter

WORKSHOP: Wed 19 and 26 Sept. & 3 Oct. at 16-19

•    Textual flow, structure, headings and internal linkages
•    Academic style incl. acknowledging sources
•    Principles of drafting different chapters of the thesis incl. Literature review, Methodology, Findings and Conclusion


Registration and further information