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.


This course equipes you for systematical and well-planned master's studies and develops your transfearable skills.

After the course you will be able to

  • Reflect and identify your strengths and development needs in academic skills tms. such as study methods, self-leadership techniques.
  • Develop your own transfearable skills based on your own reflection.
  • Map and analyse interests and motivation factors for creating and maintaining a meaningful and motivational study plan (and later a career plan).
  • Plan and make justified choices for reaching the study-related goals and career opportunities.
  • Recognize the main steps of the master's thesis process and plan the process further.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 16.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Eeva Halonen, Keijo Nikoskinen, Jenni Tulensalo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eeva Halonen, Keijo Nikoskinen, Jenni Tulensalo

Contact information for the course (valid 18.08.2020-21.12.2112):

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:

    The course consists of themes which aim at enhancing students' academic capabilities. Themes include academic integrity and study and career planning as well as themes related to learning and study skills and self-leadership skills.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course consists of assignments, workshops (face-to-face and online) and mentor meetings.

    Course is graded pass/fail. Attendance/submission of assignments is compulsory in all sections.



  • Applies in this implementation:

    Requirements for completing the course with grade pass:
    Submission of assignments:

    • Personal development plan
    • 2 assignments for study planning + submission of personal study plan
    • 3 out of 8 available assignment entities related to eg. learning skills
    • 2 assignments for master's thesis preparation
    • Final evaluation assignment
    Attendance in mentor meetings:

    • 2 mentor meetings (2 meeting report submissions)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours max 15 h
    Individual learning 66 h


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELEC E0100, ELEC E4111, ELEC-E4110

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:



Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The schedule depends on student's assignment selections within the course.
    Please use the scheduling sheet available on the start page to create a
    detailed personal schedule for the course.