Schedule: 18.09.2019 - 27.11.2019
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
Teacher-in-charge: Iiris Saittakari
Y-208, School of Business, Ekonominaukio 1, Espoo
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):
In the course,
there are three compulsory three-hour seminars, one at the beginning, one at
halfway and one at the end of the course, and an extensive team project
in-between. After the opening seminar, students select three cases that best
seem to fit their particular expertise, and they also justify their selections.
Finally, the teacher-in charge and faculty facilitators form the teams based on
individual preferences and study backgrounds. The cases have been invited
before the course starts.
work in teams of 3-5 on the assigned case. The teams have to provide a
well-designed and effectively communicated solution for the identified core
problem for the case company. During the first week, the team will have its own
kick-off meeting, choose the roles for the team members (e.g. chair, contact
person for the company, contact for faculty etc.), and agree on the first
meeting with the client company. In that meeting, the final project
scope will be identified and tasks defined. After that, the teams work
independently on the case and meet with the client company as agreed. In one of
the meetings (about half way through the course), the team’s faculty
facilitator will also be present to give feedback.
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.
The course ends
with a closing seminar, in which each student team presents the case, its core
challenges and main solutions. A few days before the final seminar, each team
will participate in a compulsory presentation rehearsal session, where
they get guidance for their draft version of the final presentation.
course, students also submit a written team report and an individual,
reflective student portfolio by the given deadline.
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):
The course consists of class
sessions, meetings and three main assignments, the first of which is divided
into three parts as follows:
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
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.
Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation):
In the course, all student teams will work with a different case company on
a multidisciplinary real life case identified in the company. Student teams
(3-5 members) will be formed based on the individual preferences and
backgrounds; we will try to create as multidisciplinary teams as possible. This
way we try to simulate a real work-life situation where team members come from
different backgrounds, and it is your responsibility to consider the problem
from your disciplinary perspective
and then, together with the others, find a solution.
in the selection of a case company:
1. In the kick-off session on Wednesday Sept 18, all
selected case companies will give a short, max. five-minute presentation of
their company and the case. After the session, decide on the most suitable case
for you, and also list two other cases that you are interested in.
Note, however, that the final specification of the actual project will be done
together by the team and the case company once the project has started.
Latest on Thursday
Sept 19, submit your three most preferred cases through MyCourses, in the order
of preference. Briefly add any information you would like to justify your selection
(space is limited to a few sentences)! Also, point out if you have a conflict
of interest with some of the cases (e.g. you work for a competitor).
Latest on Monday Sept 23 you will be informed of the team and case
selected for you. Note: it is likely that you will
get one of your preferred cases, but not guaranteed. We will do our best to match the preferences
and cases in the best possible way!
Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation):
1. September 18 at 15.15 – 18.00: Course starts with an introductory
session and the presentations of the case companies.
2. September 19: submit your three most preferred cases (including short
justifications - limited to 200 marks) through MyCourses
3. September 23: you will be
informed of the assigned team, case and your Faculty Facilitator.
4. September 24 – October 2: arrange a
kick-off meeting where you get organized as a project team and assign roles for
team members; invite your Faculty Facilitator to this meeting; try to find a
time that suits you all
5. September 24 – October 2: organize the first meeting with the case company, where you
discuss, and identify the main challenges for the project work, 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
6. October 9, 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
October 10 – 21: meet 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.
8. October 30 at 9.00-12.00:
presentation skills seminar
9. November 11, by midnight:
Progress report 2 due; upload the report to MyCourses
November 20 –
22: Presentation coaching sessions. Each team has a separate one hour slot between 8-12.
November 27, 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.
December 2 by midnight: Deadline
for uploading your team’s written case report to the assignment submission box
December 4 by midnight:
Deadline for uploading your individual student portfolio to the assignment
submission box in MyCourses.