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.


Upon completing this course, the student will have a better understanding of their strengths as performers, and how to further enhance their skills. The overarching goal is for the student to find confidence and enjoyment in business presentations or when pitching ideas.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 09.11.2021 - 09.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Rita Järventie-Thesleff

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    While the buzz seems to be about the digital, human interaction and making presentations is as important as ever. At the same time, very few people feel at ease speaking in public. Most of this awkwardness is caused by lack of experience and irrational fear of the unknown. But fear not, this is where practice comes in.

    During the workshops of this course, the students will be studying and developing their performance skills in a safe environment, with the help of exercises more commonly used by actors. Attendance is compulsory to all eight (8) workshops, no exceptions. No prior acting/performing experience is needed.
    The workshops are highly learning by doing consisting of basic acting exercises and discussions. 
    The assignments consist of workshop specific preparation and written reports on books/articles and/or self-reflective essays.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Active attendance in lectures. Attendance compulsory. Compulsory course assignments (100%).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    6 credits, 160 hours:
    1. Workshops (40 h)
    2. Preparation for workshops (60 h)
    4. Assignments and learning diaries (60 h)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Pre-readings assigned by the lecturer.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The number of students admitted to the course is restricted to 14. Priority is given to (1) CEMS-students and (2) Aalto students studying in MSc Program of Marketing

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    The registration is binding, by registering in Sisu student is committed him/herself to participate all meetings.