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.


  • Students will learn how to formulate a research problem.
  • Students will learn how to apply scientific thinking and empirical research methods in solving a research problem.
  • Students will learn how to develop a sound research plan for a small-scale empirical study.
  • Students will learn to analyze empirical data, report the results, and evaluate the quality (reliability and validity) of empirical research.
  • Students will learn what are the basic elements of an empirical scientific research paper and how these elements form a logical whole.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.09.2024 - 13.12.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kari Tanskanen, Niina Nurmi Eloranta

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:

    This course introduces students to the principles of scientific work and prepares them to conduct independent scientific work.  The course provides an overview of the whole process of conducting a scientific study, which includes: formulating a research question, designing a study to answer the research question, collecting data, analyzing data using appropriate methods, reporting the results, and linking the results to existing scientific knowledge. The course consists of both individual and group work. As a group work students conduct a scientific study related to the topic of their chosen major.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Individual and group assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Individual work 54 hours, group work 81 hours


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I - II
    2024-2025 Spring III - V
    2025-2026 Autumn I - II
    2025-2026 Spring III - V


    Only for the students in the following Master's programmes Industrial Engineering and Management, Information Networks.