Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.10.2019 - 23.03.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Markus Ahola

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    In this seminar, we explore the wide range of research methods that are used to study human experiences. These methods range from qualitative to quantitative, and we span the research process from planning the study to reporting it.

    Following Aalto Experience Platform’s commitment to enhance multidisciplinary research of human experiences, the aim of this doctoral seminar is to foster and support collaboration between doctoral candidates from different Aalto schools. Learning methods for experience research together, and sharing expertise will lower the threshold for including new, complementary approaches and methods to one’s research project. Human experience is a multi-faceted research topic, and often making sense of it would require a rich palette of methods. No one masters all the methods. By introducing methods and method experts we encourage doctoral candidates to collaborate within the use of different methods to extend the use of multiple methods and viewpoints in their research projects.

    The research seminar starts with a kick-off event, where invited speakers showcase a variety of approaches to experience research. The following seminar sessions consist of presentations, demonstrations, and discussions on experience research, with contributions from seminar participants as well as experts from different Aalto schools to further support the implementation and collaboration in the use of methods.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
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    5 ECTS

    Consists of contact teaching (the kick-off seminar + monthly seminars, à 3h), preparing one presentation of own work,  reading the written materials, writing a written report comparing two different methods introduced in the seminar, a peer evaluation of the one seminar report.

    • Lectures,kick-off, presentation and reflection, approximately 80 h
    • Home assignments (suggested reading by the quest lecturers), preparing for presentation and reflection, approximately 55 h

    Total 135 h


Study Material
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    Study Material consists of the presentation materials and readings suggested by guest speakers.