Credits: 2

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 17.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Markku Tinnilä (Autumn term), Johanna Bragge (Spring term)

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

Instructors' contact information

Markku Tinnilä;,

Riitta Hekkala:, 

Sanna Tiilikainen;

Bikesh Upreti;

Xun Zhou;

Office hours in Otaniemi on agreement via e-mail

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II & III-V (2018-2019) Otaniemi campus

I-II & III-V (2019-2020) Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The objective is to learn and practice independent scientific work.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In the seminar, students get guidance in their research for Bachelor’s Thesis. During the Thesis seminar, students will prepare a research plan, conduct a research profiling assignment, report the progress of their Thesis, present and defend their research results, act twice as an opponent, and participate actively in seminar discussions.

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


 In the seminar, students get guidance in their research for Bachelor's Thesis (57C99902, 10 ECTS). During the thesis seminar, students will attend lectures, prepare a research plan, report the progress of their thesis, present and defend their research results, act as an opponent, and participate actively in the seminar discussions. Note, that the seminar part (2 ECTS) will be graded separately on a 0-5 scale (previously pass/fail) in addition to the thesis (10 ECTS) grade.


 There are no prerequisites, but the thesis seminar is recommended to be taken towards the end of the BT programme studies.


The objective is to learn and practice independent scientific work.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100% Research plan, seminar activity, final presentation at the seminar

Requirements for passing the seminar: completing the research profiling assignment, presenting own thesis at the seminar, acting twice as an opponent, attending to 70% of the seminar sessions.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 


The seminar is graded with 0-5 scale. The grade is weighed as follows,

-Research plan (40%)

-Seminar activity, including thesis opposition (40%)

-Final presentation (20%),

and based on the following requirements:

-Introductory lectures 2 h (compulsory attendance)

-Seminar sessions (80% attendance requirement, seminar activity is followed)

-Preparing for seminar sessions 12 h (preparing own thesis/slideshow presentation, reading theses and crafting two opponent memos)

-Doing assignments (research plan) 13 h.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- introductory lectures 8
- seminar sessions 14
- preparing for lectures 6
- preparing for seminar sessions 12
- doing assignments (research plan, research profiling assignment) 13
Total 53h (2 ECTS)

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


Classroom hours 22h (lectures + self study)

Class preparation 18h

Assignments 13h

Total 53h (2cr)

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

via WebOodi.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 



Week #

Date and room



Assignment Due Date


Sept. 10th



1st introductory lecture: Supervisor introduction, objectives and requirements of the thesis and seminar, how to use the tutorial videos  and online resources for thesis writing.  


Please watch the following videos from

-What is Bachelor’s Thesis (2 videos)

-Students’ expectations and experiences (2 videos)




Sept. 17th

Finding your research topic & background literature (5 videos)

- How to quickly find out the big picture of a research topic using Scopus reference database?

- How to search specific research articles in science databases?

- How to read scientific articles efficiently?

- How to use Mendeley reference manager to manage your references and easily write-and-cite?

- How should you refer to your references in the text?


Composing a research plan


- What a research plan is?


Tips for writing and project management


-Seven useful tips and practices regarding the writing of your thesis


Self study:



Sept. 24th


Choosing and using theory

-Theories and theoretical frameworks

Writing the thesis

- How to design the Table of contents for your thesis?

-How to write an introduction of your thesis?

-Advice on how to critically review the literature for you thesis.


Ensuring the originality of your work


Self study:



Oct 1, 13.15- 15:00, 

Room(s) to be announced later


Seminar groups convene separately to discuss research plans and decide on the presentation schedule for late fall.

MT, RH and ST




Students prepare their thesis drafts independently with the help from their supervisors. 


First draft due 19th of November  (via MyCourses)


Oct 22th

Oct 23th  

Optional meeting to discuss early draft, book meeting via MyCourses



if you attend such a meeting, email draft 1 working day before


November, 26th

10:00- 16:00 or as agreed between you and the supervisor

Seminar presentations with thesis drafts (dates to be decided on 1st October sessions)

MT, RH and ST

The thesis drafts must be submitted one week before presentation


December 12th

Deadline for the corrected, final version of the Bachelor’s thesis. To be submitted via the MyCourses, more information later


December 12th Final thesis submission 


Deadlines are connected to graduation dates 

Maturity test 57C99902 (return the Maturity test/executive summary of your thesis via MyCourses, more information later)


Deadlines are connected to graduation dates


Registration and further information