Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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.


The key objective of the course is to help participants develop a good dissertation proposal. After the course the participants have an understanding of many important tools and frameworks for theory development and research design and an ability to apply them in the development of their own research proposals.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.01.2021 - 22.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Markku Maula

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Markku Maula

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

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 covers areas relevant for developing a good research proposal including problem formulation, literature review, theory and hypothesis development, research designs, and methodological choices. The course is intended to be an arena where students can discuss about their research projects and get feedback from the faculty and from their fellow students.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Attendance in seminar sessions, assignments, seminar presentations, readings, exam, and developing a research proposal.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 ECTS = 5 x 27h 135 h (Contact hours: 15h, Entry exam: 3h, Independent work: 117h)


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces the courses TU-91.198/ TU-91.3002 and TU-91.3011

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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