Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The aim is to learn how to present and discuss research, in both oral and written form. Seminar sessions also provide help for making informed decisions about how to develop the MSc thesis (although the main responsibility is with the individual thesis advisors). Upon completion of the seminar, the student will be able to present and critically evaluate academic research.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 07.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mikko Mustonen, Marko Terviö

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikko Mustonen, Marko Terviö

Contact information for the course (valid 04.12.2019-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Thesis seminar groups start twice a year (period I and III) and last two consecutive periods (I-II, and III-IV). In the first seminar period there are common training sessions and students present their research plans and give a presentation on the wider topic area around their research area. In the second seminar period students present and discuss research findings. Depending on the number of participants, the students may be divided to smaller groups for the student presentation sessions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Grading 0-5 based on activity in the seminar, quality of presentations (live presentation, accompanying slides, research plan/topic paper, and main paper), quality of discussion (both in class and on-line), and punctuality. Attendance is required for a passing grade, but one absence may be made up by completing an additional assignment.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Seminar sessions during two lecture periods, 24h, topic (research plan) presentation, main presentation, active participation in discussions, and acting as the designated discussant of another student s main presentation.


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth



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