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 the course the students will (1) have a concise overview on the core knowledge of marketing; (2) be able to analyze marketing’s contribution to firm-level goals and performance; (3) be able to apply their knowledge in identifying, analyzing and solving a real-life business problem, while having improved their (4) team-working skills, (5) presentation skills, and (6) project management skills. In addition, the students will have developed self-awareness of what they have learned and skills and competencies they possess facilitating their entering to the work life. In brief, the course creates closure, ensuring that learning goals of the Aalto MSc degree/program(s) have been fulfilled.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.03.2024 - 31.05.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Johanna Frösén

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:

    The students (in teams of 3) select a core topic in the area marketing and reflect on its contribution to performance in the broader context of the firm. Thereafter, the teams identify and get access to real-life case firms and negotiate and agree on a problem-solving project related to their selected topic (e.g., objectives, scope) with the firms. The students then prepare (1) a presentation for the firm representatives on how the problem could be solved, and (2) a case study report resembling a Harvard Business School style case study, which has (a) a clear theme within the domain of marketing, (b) a theoretical framework applied to analyze the problem, (c) a problem solving structure with a pre-problem setup and a post-problem solution, (d) clear recommendations for the firm.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    30% Final case report
    20% Project outcome and the final presentation
    10% Progress reflected in interim presentation
    20% In-class participation
    20% Feedback to others

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    6 credits, 160 hours

    • Work in class: 28h
    • Consultation: 1h/group
    • Meeting with case firm: 1h/group
    • Weekly group meetings: 50h
    • Project work (e.g., case firm access, problem solving task for the case firm, identification of relevant framework, preparing for team presentations, writing up the case solution): 80 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

    Course is mandatory and only available to M.Sc. Marketing major students. Some students will get the opportunity to replace this capstone course by participating in the so-called Hackathon-capstone.