Credits: 6

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 10.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Marko Terviö and Mikko Mustonen

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

mikko.mustonen (at)

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I - II (Autumn 2018), Töölö campus and III - IV (Spring 2019), Otaniemi campus

I - II (Autumn 2019) and III - IV (Spring 2020), Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration by email to Mikko Mustonen according to instructions given on the course home page. Please also register via WebOodi when the seminar begins to subscribe to the seminar news feeds.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The deadline for the Autumn 2018 seminar is 31.5.2018 and for the Spring 2019 seminar 31.10. 2018. The deadline for the Autumn 2019 seminar is 31.5.2019 and for the Spring 2020 seminar 31.10.2019. The thesis topic must be approved by a faculty member prior to enrollment. Obtaining approval may require some back-and-forth between the student and the faculty, so make sure to start the process well before the deadline. The written research plan is due at the first meeting of the seminar.

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Maximum number of students is 24.


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