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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course introduces students to the Master’sThesis work by covering the fundamentals of the research process and requirements for a thesis. Upon successful completion of this course, you should:
• know what a good Master’s thesis is;
• be able to independently develop a research proposal in the area of your specialization;and
• be able to conduct independent scientific research under supervisionin a timely manner.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 04.05.2020 - 31.08.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Saija Katila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Saija Katila

Contact information for the course (valid 20.04.2020-21.12.2112):

Coordinator and contact person for the course: Hilla Back E-mail: hilla.back@aalto.fi

Responsible teacher: Saija Katila E-mail: Saija Katila

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=26E99905

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

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

Teaching language: English

 

CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD

Content
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The online MSc Thesis Seminar provides an overview of the thesis process through text, videos and assignments. The seminar explicates the criteria for good research questions and literature review and guides students on how to meet the criteria in practice. The seminar further discusses important ethical aspects in doing research. In the end of the seminar students will produce a professional research proposal. Note: Thesis supervisors will be allocated in the early phases of the seminar.


    While the seminar operates fully online, three voluntary tutoring meetings will be organized where you can discuss in a supportive atmosphere issues relevant to your thesis process.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The Department of Management Studies will offer an additional online Master’s Thesis Seminar 26E99905 as spring-summer studies in MyCourses application.

    The course syllabus avaialble in MyCourses.

    Option 1: Fast track
    • completion within six weeks
    • strict timetables throughout the seminar
    final paper due 15.6.2020
    • enables working on the thesis through the summer
    • recommended to those who have an idea of the thesis and/or those willing to work hard with a set timetable.

    Option 2: Slow track
    • completion during the summer (about 14 weeks)
    • strict timetables for assignment 1-3
    final paper 31.8.2020
    • enables starting thesis first thing in September when semester 2020-2021 starts

    https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=26E99905

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    100% assignments

Workload
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Total 160h (6 ECTS)

DETAILS

Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Set of materials provided by the lecturer.

Prerequisites
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Only for students working / starting to work on their thesis.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Compulsory registration via WebOodi one week before the start of the teaching period at latest.
    Please write following to the text box Further information when registering in WebOodi:

    1. Which Master s Program you are in: M&IB, Global Management, IDBM, Creative Sustainability, Strategy, Corporate Communication
    2. Thesis topic or the tentative thematic area of research
    3. Intended thesis schedule
    4. No idea for a supervisor / name of the supervisor you would like to have / name of the supervisor who is supervising/agreed to supervise you
    5. Other information you find relevant (e.g. commissioned work, supervisor from a company etc. note you always need a supervisor from the department)

     

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Option 1: Fast track
    • completion within six weeks
    • strict timetables throughout the seminar
    final paper due 15.6.2020
    • enables working on the thesis through the summer
    • recommended to those who have an idea of the thesis and/or those willing to work hard with a set timetable.

    Option 2: Slow track
    • completion during the summer (about 14 weeks)
    • strict timetables for assignment 1-3
    final paper 31.8.2020
    • enables starting thesis first thing in September when semester 2020-2021 starts

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Compulsory registration via WebOodi one week before the start of the teaching period at latest.
    Please write following to the text box Further information when registering in WebOodi:

    1. Which Master s Program you are in: M&IB, Global Management, IDBM, Creative Sustainability, Strategy, Corporate Communication
    2. Thesis topic or the tentative thematic area of research
    3. Intended thesis schedule
    4. No idea for a supervisor / name of the supervisor you would like to have / name of the supervisor who is supervising/agreed to supervise you
    5. Other information you find relevant (e.g. commissioned work, supervisor from a company etc. note you always need a supervisor from the department)

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Option 1: Fast track
    • completion within six weeks
    • strict timetables throughout the seminar
    final paper due 15.6.2020
    • enables working on the thesis through the summer
    • recommended to those who have an idea of the thesis and/or those willing to work hard with a set timetable.

    Option 2: Slow track
    • completion during the summer (about 14 weeks)
    • strict timetables for assignment 1-3
    final paper 31.8.2020
    • enables starting thesis first thing in September when semester 2020-2021 starts

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course starts for both tracks on 4th of May.