Schedule: 26.02.2020 - 13.05.2020
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
Teacher-in-charge: Iiris Saittakari
Office: Y-208, School of Business, Ekonominaukio 1,
Office: Y-208, School of Business, Ekonominaukio 1,
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):
consists of an applied, real-life business problem/case that students identify,
analyze and solve in multi-disciplinary teams. It also focuses on
developing students’ self-awareness of the key learnings and skills obtained
during their studies in the Master’s Program.
In the course,
there are four compulsory seminars, two at the beginning, one at halfway and
one at the end of the course, and an extensive team project in-between. Case
company representatives pitch their cases at the opening seminar. After this,
students select three cases that best seem to fit their particular expertise
and justify their selections. Finally, the teacher-in charge and faculty
facilitators form the teams of 3-6 students based on individual preferences and
study backgrounds. The cases have been invited before the course starts.
At the second
seminar, the team will meet for the first time and choose the roles for the
team members (e.g. chair, contact person for the company, contact for faculty
etc.). Project planning and management, as well as teamwork skills will also be
discussed in this seminar. After this, the team will have the first meeting
with the client company, in which the project scope will be discussed and
tasks defined. After that, the teams work independently on the assigned case
and meet with the client company as agreed. The teams have to provide a
well-designed and effectively communicated solution for the identified core
problem for the case company. In one of the meetings (about half way through
the course), the team’s faculty facilitator will also be present to give
through the course there is a presentation
skills seminar, in which the students learn to create an effective presentation structure and
deliver impactful presentations. Presentation skills are an important
skill to master in the working life and thus this seminar not only prepares the
students to the final presentation of the Capstone course but also to the
working life after that. Each team will also get guidance for their draft
version of the final presentation in a compulsory presentation rehearsal
session a few days before the closing seminar.
The course ends
with a closing seminar, in which each student team presents the case,
its core challenges and main solutions. The students will also get to network
with case company representatives at the closing seminar in order to discuss career
opportunities in these companies.
In order to complete
the course, students also submit a written team report and an individual,
reflective student portfolio by the given deadline (see Schedule below).
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):
Written team case report 50%
c. Final report
Oral team case presentation 30%
Individual student portfolio 20%
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 (incl. team meetings
160 h (6 cr)
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):
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):
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.
Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation):
Important dates in Spring 2020
February 26 at 15.15 – 18.00: Course starts with an introductory
session and the presentations of the case companies.
February 27: Submit your three most preferred cases (including short
justifications - limited to 300 characters) through MyCourses. Also, submit
your preference to the ‘Peer assessment and grading’ survey in MyCourses.
March 3: You will be informed of the assigned team, case and
your Faculty Facilitator.
March 4 at 15.15 –
18.00: Project management seminar where you get organized as a project team and
assign roles for team members.
March 5 – 13: Organize the first meeting with the case company, where you
discuss, and define the scope of the project, and agree how you will proceed
with your investigation of the problem areas finalized in this meeting. Right
after the meeting, establish an action plan and schedule for the project.
March 18, by midnight: Progress report 1 due; upload the report
to MyCourses. The report is based on the first meeting with the case company
and the action plan established after that.
March 19 – 30: Meet jointly with your case company and Faculty Facilitator
to discuss your progress and to get feedback. In the meeting, confirm shared understanding of the direction and expectations.Contact
your case company and facilitator well in advance to set up the meeting time;
setting up the meeting is your responsibility.
April 20 at 9.00-12.00:
Presentation skills seminar.
April 28, by midnight:
Progress report 2 due; upload the report to MyCourses
May 7 – 8: Presentation coaching sessions. Each team has a separate one hour slot during 8.00-11.00;
12.00-14.00. Detailed instructions for booking below.
May 12 by midnight: Deadline
for uploading your team’s one slide presentation to the assignment submission
box in MyCourses
May 13, 15.00-18.00:
Closing session. Cases and recommendations are presented orally to case
companies, Faculty Facilitators and fellow students. Upload your presentation
deck on MyCourses by midnight.
May 18, by midnight: Deadline
for uploading your team’s written case report to the assignment submission box
May 25, by midnight:
Deadline for uploading your individual student portfolio to the assignment
submission box in MyCourses.