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.


After taking the course students should have learned the following: (1) How to translate a real-life business question or problem into a systematic study, (2) How to identify and apply relevant methods for studying the question or problem, (3) How to generate relevant data and analyze them to help solve the problem, (4) How to devise recommendations based on the analysis that are likely to solve the business problem, and (5) How to evaluate and give constructive feedback on the work of others.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.01.2024 - 22.05.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kimmo Karhu, Mikko Heiskala

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:

    In this course students form groups and solve a practical business problem for a company, which involves analysis of market characteristics, assessment of business potential, or identification of value for customers or partners for a new business, product or service. Students will need to translate a business problem into research question and set up and execute a systematic study that answers the research question and leads to conclusions and recommendations that are likely to help solve the business problem. Students also act as opponents and give constructive feedback to another group.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Final report, project plan, seminar presentation, opponent work.


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Group work 102h, lectures, seminar + opponent work 33h.



Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture slides and project work instructions. 

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - V
    2023-2024 Spring III - V

    Enrollment :

    Registration for course will take place on Sisu ( The course is intended only for students majoring in Industrial Engineering and Management.